Paying Their Fair Share

It’s a good thing that Obama is cracking down on those evil corporations and rich people that owe back taxes and … oh, you’ve got to be kidding me:

A new report just out from the Internal Revenue Service reveals that 36 of President Obama’s executive office staff owe the country $833,970 in back taxes. These people working for Mr. Fair Share apparently haven’t paid any share, let alone their fair share.

This not an isolated incident:

The tax offenders include employees of the U.S. Senate who help write the laws imposed on everyone else. They owe $2.1 million. Workers in the House of Representatives owe $8.5 million, Department of Education employees owe $4.3 million and over at Homeland Security, 4,697 workers owe about $37 million. Active duty military members owe more than $100 million.

The Treasury Department, where Obama nominee Tim Geithner had to pay up $42,000 in his own back taxes before being confirmed as secretary, has 1,181 other employees with delinquent taxes totaling $9.3 million.

As usual, the Postal Service, with more than 600,000 workers, has the most offenders (25,640), who also owe the most — almost $270 million. Veterans Affairs has 11,659 workers owing the IRS $151 million while the Energy Department that was so quick to dish out more than $500 million to the Solyndra folks has 322 employees owing $5 million.

The snarkiness of the article is a little overblown since it’s not clear what exactly is the source of these unpaid taxes. Just to take the White House, Obama has 457 aides who are paid an average of $81,000. 36 of those guys owe an average of $23,000, way more than they would owe based on their salaries. So these taxes must be related to outside business income or consulting or something. Most people pay a quarterly estimated tax to account for that.

Owing back taxes it not that weird. Our tax system is complicated and there are frequently points of dispute and people with complex taxes sometimes have to delay while the details are worked out. But you’d think the Administration might learn something from the tax trouble of their own fucking staff and lay off their blizzard of proposals for new complications in the tax code. You’d think that an Administration insisting that everyone pony up would be damn sure to get their own house in order.

You’d think wrong.

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  1. richtaylor365

    Owing back taxes it not that weird.

    I think it is, especially for someone well paid and not struggling financially. From your link:

    The IRS’ 2010 delinquent tax revelations come as part of a required annual agency report on federal employees’ tax compliance. Turns out, an awful lot of folks being paid by taxpayers are not paying their own income taxes.

    These are not instances where good faith was showed, income was reported correctly and an installment plan was requested. These are “delinquent” taxes on income that was either unreported or hidden, this isn’t an installment plan, it is Geithner/Rangel type subterfuge and duplicity.

    Our tax system is complicated and there are frequently points of dispute and people with complex taxes sometimes have to delay while the details are worked out.

    I realize you are trying to be fair and give them the benefit of the doubt, but really, how hard is it, with today’s tax programs, to get your taxes done on time?

    For the last few years our family’s tax return ran over 50 pages. We are NOT rich but my wife is self unemployed, I have investments and rental property and there are a lot of schedule forms to fill out. Still, with Turbo Tax, it is all done in maybe 2 days time, it’s neat , tidy, and accurate, and relatively painless. None of these clowns know how to use a computer? Or are they too cheap to pay a professional?

    You’d think that an Administration insisting that everyone pony up would be damn sure to get their own house in order.

    This hypocrisy is analogous to the minister preaching on the sins of fornication all the while keeping half a dozen trany hookers employed and his computer stock full of kiddy porn, the traffic cop who has a suspended license for too many tickets, or the Microsoft exec testifying in front of congress about the foreign assault/thievery on intellectual property when it is discovered that they stole patents from IBM (hypothetical). When Mr. Fair Share wags his finger at prosperous people, telling them to pay more taxes, when he wraps his entire presidency inside the blanket of class warfare and punctuates every speech with the exclamation point of fairness, then we come to find out he can’t even keep his staffers on the right side of the tax code, that whole “fish rot starts from the head” thingee comes to mind.

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  2. sahrab

    This hypocrisy is analogous

    Dont forget being an outspoken critic of people owning firearms for protection, while you surround yourself with armed security guards (not a hypothetical thanks to Rosie)

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  3. AlexInCT

    This is news why agian? The members of the LSM sure as hell don’t think this should recieve any air time considering it would undermine the narrative…..

    Whenever you hear one of these scumbags tell you that rich people should be paying more for things to be fair, remember that what they means is any rich person that doesn’t belong to their clique of bandits should be paying more. Them and their friends will just not pay, and have government make decisions that line their pockets at the expense of the people. Then they will blame Wall Street and the rich again, and the cynical cycle repeats.

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  4. Mississippi Yankee

    Tim Geithner had to pay up $42,000 in his own back taxes before being confirmed as secretary, (of the Treasury)

    On a high note Mr. Geithner has said this week he does not expect to be asked to stay for a second term. I guess we won’t be seeing any taxes from him ever again.

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  5. AlexInCT

    On a high note Mr. Geithner has said this week he does not expect to be asked to stay for a second term. I guess we won’t be seeing any taxes from him ever again.

    Did you mean any tax returns? Or are you implying, and I am inclined to agree with you, that he will go back to not paying his “fair share” of taxes? Whichever the case, you are right.

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  6. Mississippi Yankee

    Alex, Mr. Geithner was forced to pay his back taxes before assuming command of the Treasury. But IMHO when he leave Washington he will head back to the Far East, where much of his family’s money is, and he will thumb his nose at anyone even suggesting such “fair share” nonsense.

    For anyone concerned:
    Tim Geithner was born in New York City, but spent most of his childhood in other countries, including present-day Zimbabwe, Zambia, India, and Thailand where he completed high school at the International School Bangkok.[5] He attended Dartmouth College, in the tradition of his father and paternal grandfather, graduating with an A.B. in government and Asian studies in 1983.[5] In the process he studied Mandarin at Peking University in 1981 and at Beijing Normal University in 1982.[6] He earned an M.A. in international economics and East Asian studies from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in 1985.[5][7] He has studied Mandarin[5] and Japanese.[8]

    Geithner’s paternal grandfather, Paul Herman Geithner (1902–1972), emigrated with his parents from the German town of Zeulenroda to Philadelphia in 1908.[9] His father, Peter F. Geithner, was the director of the Asia program at the Ford Foundation in New York in the 1990s. During the early 1980s, Peter Geithner oversaw the Ford Foundation’s microfinance programs in Indonesia being developed by Ann Dunham Soetoro, President Barack Obama’s mother, and they met in person

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