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Missouri facing scrutiny for how executioners are paid

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This November 2005 file photo shows the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Corrections Facility in Lucasville, Ohio. (Credit: Ap Photo / Kiichiro Sato, File) This November 2005 file photo shows the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Corrections Facility in Lucasville, Ohio. (Credit: Ap Photo / Kiichiro Sato, File)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Missouri is facing some scrutiny for how executioners are paid.

Before each execution, the executioner is given an envelope that contains between $2,000 and $7,000 cash. The state says they pay executioners this way to protect their identity, but experts say it could also be a violation of federal law.

According to a report from Buzzfeed, the head of The Department of Corrections says the members of its execution team have not been given forms to file taxes on what they have been paid since the 1980s. The report states that since November 2013, the state has paid nearly $250,000 to those who help carry out the death penalty.  

The IRS requires those who pay contractors $600 or more need to file a disclosure called a 1099, which is a notification to the IRS to check to make sure the recipient is paying taxes on the payments. Reports allege the state has not filed the disclosure to keep the identities of the executioners private.

The corrections director said they counsel their contractors to report their earnings to the IRS, but there is currently no way of knowing whether or not they do.

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