Skip to comments.41 Obama White House aides owe the IRS $831,000 in back taxes -- and they're not alone
Posted on 09/10/2010 7:26:53 AM PDT by Qbert
Over the years a lot of suspicion has built up across the country about Washington and its population of opportunistic transients coming to see themselves as a special kind of person, somehow above average working Americans who don't work down in that former swamp.
Well, finally, an end to all those undocumented doubts. Thanks to some diligent digging by the Washington Post, those suspicions can at last be put to rest.
They're correct. Accurate. Dead-on. Laser-guided. On target. Bingo-bango. As clear as it's always seemed to those Americans who don't feel special entitlements and do meet their government obligations.
We now know that federal employees across the nation owe fully $1 billion in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.
As in, 1,000 times one million dollars. All this political jabber about giving middle-class ...
... Americans a tax cut. Thousands of feds have been giving themselves one all along -- unofficially. And these tax scofflaws include more than three dozen folks who work for the president with that newly decorated Oval Office.
The Post's T.W. Farnum did some research and found that out of the total sum, just 638 workers on Capitol Hill owe the IRS $9.3 million in back taxes. As in, overdue. The IRS gets stiffed by the legislative body that controls its budget. How Washington works.
Privacy laws prevent release of individual tax delinquents' names. But we do know that as of the end of 2009, 41 people inside Obama's very own White House owe the government they're allegedly running a total of $831,055 in back taxes. That would cover a lot of special chocolate desserts in the White House Mess.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...
Hey, no paychecks for these slugs until they are paid up and current with the tax man.
I don’t understand this....at my agency you get in trouble if you owe back taxes.
Over 20K apiece for the bums in the whitehut who owe taxes. That seems like quite a sum. Seemingly, there is a withholding problem there...how about some penalties and interest on top of the money owed, for starters. Next up, who is the employer? Underwithholding by the POS in charge means he has some liability too.
Which agency might that be?...The Republican National Committee maybe?lol
I’m sure the press will discuss this with the President at today’s conference...11am.
“Hey, no paychecks for these slugs until they are paid up and current with the tax man.”
Comrade, you do not understand.
These are important servants of our dear leader.
One does not question the dear leader or his staff.
Perhaps you need a few months off...in a nice reeducation camp.
I was just fixing to ping the posse to this too..lol. The WP article says that the republicans tried to pass a bill that fed employees not paying taxes be fired but couldn’t get any dem co-sponsers or support for the bill. Go figure.
They are all robbing us blind! We pay our taxes..WHY CAN’T THEY?
Wasn’t it Leona Helmsley that said that taxes are for “little people”? I must be very little...
My first question is: is their government pay being garnished for back taxes, and if not, why not? (Not to mention the fact that they should be kicked out of their government jobs onto their asses, if their back tax liability has been established as correct).
Bwaahahahahahahahahahahah yeah RIGHT!
Are they not even withholding?
Where did Wapo dig? how do they know?
I want the names.
Why doesn’t it come out of their checks? I guarantee you that if any of us owed it they would find a way to collect (plus penalty & interest)!
Every last one of these losers should be immediately fired, period.
FIRE THEM or we won’t pay..... seems fair to me.
.....and I bet these better than thou government folks are still managing to live high on the hog without a care of ever paying a dime. Pisses me off. My daughter lost her business [economy]....she lost everything.....her house included......she moved in with me so she could at least have a roof over her head and food on the table.....she finally found a job paying minimum wage.....has to claim the highest amount for taxes deducted to pay what she owes [which is fine since she owes], but these double standards .......pisses me off to no end! How many other every day americans are in the same boat as my daughter....
silly. taxes are for little people
In the House of Representatives, 421 people owe a total $6,524,892. In the Senate, 217 owe $2,774,836. In the IRS’ parent department, Treasury, 1,204 owe $7,670,814. At the Labor Department, where Secretary Hilda Solis’ husband had some back-tax problems before her confirmation, 463 owe $7,481,463. Eighty-one workers for the Federal Reserve System’s board of governors owe $1,076,733.
Over at the Justice Department, which is so busy enforcing other laws and suing Arizona, 1,971 employees still owe $14,350,152 in overdue taxes.
“This is crazy. The highest paying WH job pays in the mid 100’s, I believe, and those are the most senior advisors. My guess is that the average pay for a “White House Aide” is probably somewhere in the $60k-80k range...”
Well, I’m guessing the stated salary is...is not the ‘real’ salary, if you know what I mean...
But even more to the point, the back taxes might be for positions the aides held before they joined the WH, or other income sources.
In other words, this is how The administration ensures loyalty
Civilian retirees - 40,000 - $ 454,938,448
U.S. Postal Service - 27,807 - $ 283,365,996
Homeland Security - 4,856 - $ 37,012,174
Health and Human Services (Welfare) - 2,841 - $ 37,327,491
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation - 155 - $ 2,249,326
Executive Office of the President - 41 - $ 831,055
Justice - 1,971 - $ 14,350,152
Could it be that they are "subsidizing" their WH pay with under the counter cash? What are they selling?
“...Over at the Justice Department, which is so busy enforcing other laws and suing Arizona, 1,971 employees still owe $14,350,152 in overdue taxes.”
I can’t wait for the hearings about all of this to begin after November (...there *will* be hearings, right GOP?)
Wait, the LA Times and the Washington Post are reporting NEGATIVELY on Obastard’s White House and their sense of entitlement? This can mean only one thing; Obastard is being thrown under the bus and will NOT be their candidate for the 2012 election.
Get ready for a Hildebeast candidacy.
So totally wrong, Gab!
Yes, they should be garnished (including the draconian interest and penalties), but from their new non-government jobs. This is an abuse of their offices, a deed of mistrust and illegal. They should therefore be canned with a total loss of any gov’t pension.
Or we should all just not pay our taxes. If everyone did that, it would overwhelm the system and shut it down. They couldn’t come after everyone. Isn’t that the proper way to deal with this problem, according to our Alinskyite _resident?
The government slugs don’t pay their taxes, giving themselves tax cuts!
The rest of us, peons, get tax raises.
Abu Bama’s inaction, as usual.
Is there a single reporter at the live Obami press conference with the nuts or such to ASK THIS QUESTION?
WTF is this?
And it has been drained how????
“.....and I bet these better than thou government folks are still managing to live high on the hog without a care of ever paying a dime. Pisses me off. My daughter lost her business [economy]....she lost everything.....her house included......she moved in with me so she could at least have a roof over her head and food on the table.....she finally found a job paying minimum wage.....has to claim the highest amount for taxes deducted to pay what she owes [which is fine since she owes], but these double standards .......pisses me off to no end! How many other every day americans are in the same boat as my daughter....”
What you are saying is what a lot of Americans feel and are experiencing, and unfortunately some of the blue blood establishment Republicans still don’t/don’t want to understand this.
So many in the media want to label every day Americans as ‘extremists’ and ‘wackos’ for being angry about this kind of corruption, in order to try to make people back down...and feel ashamed about their anger; make people question if this anger will lead to supposed violence. Which is absolutely stupid, of course- that’s not how we handle things (and when have every day Americans *ever* done that?)
There *will * be a revolution this November to attack this corruption...at the voting places.
I had a thought of putting my taxes this year in a blind trust with instructions to the trust manager only to release the funds to the Federal Government when all 43 Obama aids paid their back taxes in full.
What this is saying is that some federal employees are so ungrateful at being supported by taxpayers that they choose to keep even more of the taxpayer's dollars instead of rebating some back to the IRS.
No, the V.A.
We get email and warnings all the time, and employees do get garnished.
Excuse me? Federal employees pay zero taxes???
Remind me on 4/15.
IT'S STILL A S W A M P ! ! ! !. . . . .
I’m sure they’re being “Treated Like Dogs”
“One does not question the dear leader or his staff.” He is not near or dear to me. If they are in the Legislative branch of Government and you owe the American people back taxes, then you cannot VOTE until you have paid you debt! I don’t care if you have a D or R or I by your name, pay you damn taxes or resign immediately. All their names should be published, so we know who the real crooks are. Come on November!
If you don't believe me, ask yourself: "where would my salary come from if there were no private taxpayers?" - no private taxpayers = no federal salaries = no federal tax "withholdings"
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