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36 Obama aides owe $833,000 in back taxes


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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/599002/201201260818/obama-white-house-staff-back-taxes.htm


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  • Why did the OP leave out that he Republicant led House of Representatives owes $8,535,974 in back taxes? No partisan hackery here!

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    • @cdlcrash Oh no. Truth time for Byron. Time for him to ignore and not respond.

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    • @cdlcrash
      @BigDaddyHarrison
      Sentence number 15, Quote:"Workers in the House of Representatives owe $8.5 million"

      So there it was in front of you the whole damn time, and you still cite it?
      The only blatant partisan hackery here is your own.

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    • @Shady-Cadence Perhaps. Though I recently debunked an article submitted by Byron about how much money is collected by low income families in Mississippi, which was pure political hackery.

      Why though is he so concerned with the 800,000 Obama's staff owes when the house of representatives owes 10 times as much? Its a bi-partisan affair, yet the title highlights Obamas aids.

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    • @BigDaddyHarrison Maybe it's the near constant drone of "those people aren't paying their fair share" from a guy who's direct subordinates literally haven't paid theirs?

      Besides, you know what side he's coming from, you should expect SOME bias. I expect someone from across the aisle could have posted the same thing, titled "Republican controlled House owes 8.5 Mil."

      Neither side is clean here, and the article DID point that out.

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    • @Shady-Cadence Fair enough. At the same time though what Romney considers a fair share was fought for tooth and nail by Bain Capital's lobbying groups and he himself personally oposses increases on caps gains taxes which affects him and his earnings and is the reason he pays less on millions for doing nothing while the average joe has a much higher rate. He benefits from that. So right there is we have a clear conflict of interests when viewing this whole fair share thing from the other side of More..

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  • I wonder if anything will be done about it. Nothing happened the last time this embarrassment was in the public eye...Congress and the White House did Zip. Nada.

    The Obama Watch word is 'Fairness' right? Ok, then maybe after passing a Law to stop all Government representatives and Employees profiting from trading on insider information. Congress also passes a Law requiring all Government Employee's to pay their Taxes, or lose their job. Works for me.

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  • You gotta love hypocrites and scum and they always blame the poor for it all.

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  • this may be the first US president to end up in prison after his term.

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    • @VikingRapeSquad You never fail to amaze me with you thoughtless comments. This one was amazing because it had absolutely nothing to do with the article.

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    • @VikingRapeSquad
      Juvenile daydreams. William Jefferson was convicted of perjury and impeached. He's worth some $76 million now. Good work if you can get it.

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  • It figures, they're all so smart they can run our lives but when it comes down to it, they 're not even smart enough to have figured out how to use Turbo Tax.

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    • @aussite
      You have to "pay" to use turbo tax. Besides, how does one claim all those assets in foreign domiciles with turbo tax? I don't recall a form for Costa Rica in the last upgrade.....

      Still love the avatar. Just watched season one for about the ninth time.

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  • Why pay taxes with liberals in power. You will not be held accountable and the liberal media will not even report it.

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  • OMFG ! they ow on average $21.000.00 each !They should all be shot !
    It's still less than what I pay every year.
    If it's known that they ow the the taxes, what's the big fucking deal.
    They'll pay up eventually.
    Watching american politics,is like watching two 5 year old's calling each other names in the sand box.
    Quit your partisan bull shit and fix your country.

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  • Obama is crook who doesn't understand his role and he has badly betrayed all
    Americans citizens.

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  • Really I doubt he cares much. Not his problem. If it was himself that owed it, then you might have something to cry over.

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  • The entire Demoncratic party belongs at gtmo awaiting treason trials.
    They are the 2nd lowest Scum on the face of the Earth, the lowest being izzlamo-facist's.

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    • @Dave556 Oh look who owes a ton of money, The Republicant led House of Representatives with $8,535,974 in back taxes owed. Wonder why that was left out?

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    • @cdlcrash The Dems are also the party that just introduced a bill that would ban insider trading. Bet all the Reps vote against it.

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    • @cdlcrash It wasn't. Sentence 15. Try reading the whole article next time.

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    • @Shady-Cadence

      On Jan. 24, 2012, in his State of the Union Address, President Obama said "Send me a bill that bans insider trading by members of Congress, and I will sign it tomorrow.” Immediately after the speech, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told reporters, "I think people should have enough sense not to do it [insider trading] without legislation, but I will support legislation.” On Jan. 26, 2012, Senator Reid scheduled a cloture vote [a vote to end debate on a pen More..

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    • @Shady-Cadence Couldn't read the chart?

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  • OMG!!! I can't beleave it!!! Obama aids are tax cheats!?!?! This can't be!!!


    sarcasm off...

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  • Pay your damn taxes like everyone else...

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  • At least most if not all are actually a natural born American. Not so sure about America's Kenyan leader.

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  • Funny, House Republicans owe even more than that in back taxes. Where is your outrage there.

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    • @BigDaddyHarrison
      The outrage is right damn here. Any politician, anywhere, that proposes to raise MY taxes had better be paid in full. Damn asswipes. Time for a righteous house cleaning on both sides of the effing aisle.

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    • @copperdog3 Obama has his paid. His aides owe the money. So I agree, but the House owes almost 10 times as much with a whopping 6 million in back taxes.

      Do you think Gingrich or Romney would be immune from that kind of thing? I agree these people should be paying their taxes, but so should the Republican and Democratic members of the house who owe even more.

      But I agree this is a smirch for the administration.

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    • @BigDaddyHarrison
      We agree that this particular story, as published, was a shot at the big O. Fair enough. It seems that the O and Co. have earned it. If House members (made up of both parties) owes more taxes, that doesn't exonerate anyone, let alone his highness. What it means is that thems that have are protecting their own. Typical.

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    • @copperdog3 He doesn't owe any money. His staff does. I don't think he needs to be exonerated. You're acting like its he who owes the taxes. This is more of what I'm talking about. Now that the stories out I bet those taxes start getting paid as well. Beyond that I doubt Obama was even personally aware of what the people who worked for him owed. I don't think he needs to be exonerated.

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    • @BigDaddyHarrison You're really an ass. The clown is calling on the rich to pay their "fair" share while his staff owes. Even a dumb shit like you should see the hypocrisy.

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