BOISE — Treasurer Ron Crane's use of state money to gas up his SUV has raised the question of whether his commute to the Idaho Capitol should be taxed like similar trips for other state employees.

The Internal Revenue Service considers reimbursements for commuting as taxable income.

Consequently, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden pays income tax on his state-funded commute, as do State Tax Commission agents with Idaho-owned cars.

Crane accounts for his commuter mileage differently, since he fills up a personal car using a state Chevron card.

Crane, whose office's records are being scrutinized by a county prosecutor, says he's reviewed his annual tax filings with his accountant for appropriateness.

The four-term treasurer says he neither declares commuter miles as personal income nor uses a business-expense deduction, choosing instead to offset the two.

— Associated Press