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.