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Old 01-26-2012, 08:01 AM  
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Fair Share? Not if you work in White House

36 Obama aides owe $833,000 in back taxes




How embarrassing this must be for President Obama, whose major speech theme so far this campaign season has been that every single American, no matter how rich, should pay their "fair share" of taxes.

Because how unfair -- indeed, un-American -- it is for an office worker like, say, Warren Buffet's secretary to dutifully pay her taxes, while some well-to-do people with better educations and higher incomes end up paying a much smaller tax rate.

Or, worse, skipping their taxes altogether.

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.

Previous reports have shown how well-paid Obama's White House staff is, with 457 aides pulling down more than $37 million last year. That's up seven workers and nearly $4 million from the Bush administration's last year.

Nearly one-third of Obama's aides make more than $100,000 with 21 being paid the top White House salary of $172,200, each.

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.

The report finds that thousands of federal employees owe the country more than $3.4 billion in back taxes. That's up 3% in the past year.

That scale of delinquency could annoy voters, hard-pressed by their own costs, fears and stubbornly high unemployment despite Joe Biden's many promises.

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 country's chief law enforcement agency, the Department of Justice, has 2,069 employees who are nearly $17 million behind in taxes. Like Operation Fast and Furious, Attorney General Eric Holder has apparently missed them too.

As with ordinary people, the IRS attempts to negotiate back-tax payment plans with all delinquents, whose names cannot be released. But according to current federal law, the only federal employees who can be fired for not paying taxes are IRS workers.

http://news.investors.com/Article/59...back-taxes.htm
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:21 AM   #2
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Owing back taxes isn't a criminal thing at all. This happens to a lot of people. It's very doubtful that they are attempting any sort of deceit.
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:32 AM   #3
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I wouldn't know, I pay mine quarterly and on time
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:48 AM   #4
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I wouldn't know, I pay mine quarterly and on time
I like your idea of jumping to the conclusion of deceit, fraud, and corruption, though.
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:08 AM   #5
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Previous reports have shown how well-paid Obama's White House staff is, with 457 aides pulling down more than $37 million last year. That's up seven workers and nearly $4 million from the Bush administration's last year.

Nearly one-third of Obama's aides make more than $100,000 with 21 being paid the top White House salary of $172,200, each.

So $37MM divided by 457 aides works out to about $81,000 per person. A good salary, but nothing to get all that exicteda bout. I find neither $172K for a top aid, nor 100 people making more than 100K (incluidng the 21 making $172 of course), shocking or remotely out of line.

As usual, an effort to get people excited about some kind of gross impropriety which, once you break things down, falls flat on its face.
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:12 AM   #6
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:20 AM   #7
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I like your idea of jumping to the conclusion of deceit, fraud, and corruption, though.
I am that way. Thats what the IRS thinks about not paying your taxes. You left out evasion
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:40 AM   #8
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I like your idea of jumping to the conclusion of deceit, fraud, and corruption, though.
it is almost as good as your idea of so what
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I'm just waiting for someone in the administration to propose that we bailout their back-due taxes!



















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Look at that picture. A framed painting of President Washington with obama's smug-for-no-reason face defiling the space directly below. Two completely opposite ends of the spectrum if ever there was such a thing.
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The reaction to this thread confuses me.

Literature - Do we know whether deceit is involved here or not? And even if it isn't, is it your position that people in power shouldn't have to keep up with their tax payments (at the same time their administration is trying to raise taxes on the rest of us, no less)? If nothing else, this should be a huge red flag about a tax system that is overly complex at the same time the Obama administration wants to add additional complexity.

Amnorix - Are you focusing exclusively on the salaries of administration aides with your comment? What about the $23k average tax delinquency of 36 of those aides? Does that fall flat on it's face too?

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Look at that picture. A framed painting of President Washington with obama's smug-for-no-reason face defiling the space directly below. Two completely opposite ends of the spectrum if ever there was such a thing.
I read something this morning that surprised me a little bit. After adjusting for inflation, George Washington is the richest president we ever had with an estimated net worth of approximately $500 million in today's dollars.
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The reaction to this thread confuses me.

Literature - Do we know whether deceit is involved here or not? And even if it isn't, is it your position that people in power shouldn't have to keep up with their tax payments (at the same time their administration is trying to raise taxes on the rest of us, no less)? If nothing else, this should be a huge red flag about a tax system that is overly complex at the same time the Obama administration wants to add additional complexity.

Amnorix - Are you focusing exclusively on the salaries of administration aides with your comment? What about the $23k average tax delinquency of 36 of those aides? Does that fall flat on it's face too?

|Zach| - What's so funny?
Yeah, I don't know what's so outlandish about questioning why the aids of a President who talks about paying a fair share are delinquent on their taxes.
There may be a reasonable explanation, like they're disputing the amounts, but it's not like it's some wild, ridiculous question.
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I read something this morning that surprised me a little bit. After adjusting for inflation, George Washington is the richest president we ever had with a estimated net worth of approximately $500 million in today's dollars.
Cool.No common pine teeth for him, bet he was sporting the mahogany molars. Plantation living ftw.
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To many Obama supporters, the rules don't apply to Obama and his staff. Its really pretty simple.
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