Has anyone interviewed him for his opinion on the tax problems with three Obama nominees. I think he have some choice words right now. I did find this column in the San Jose Mercury News interesting:
“(T)here is a completely understandable, absolutely acceptable and rational explanation for what happened here.” No, that is not motorists explaining to the CHP why they were driving 75 mph in 55 mph zone, or library patrons trying to get out of late fees, it’s Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., explaining away Daschle’s failure to pay $120,000 in taxes. Give him a pass, right? Not so fast.
Call it “selective memory.” Daschle admitted so much in redressing his taxes during his nomination hearings. He told his accountant, in a moment of taxpaying epiphany, that there might be an earned-income issue with the free car and driver he had been “given” for those two years in question.
Yes, Sen. Daschle, large gifts are considered income, just like when you were in the Senate. Should we go back and check those years, too?
For his part, Geithner admitted signing a letter from the International Monetary Fund — his employer during his days tax-dodge days — that stated he was responsible for his Social Security withholding and other tax responsibilities even though he was working outside the country.
Funny, we don’t see IRS agents lining up to talk to these absent-minded citizens or to dig deeper in their taxpaying past.
Actor Wesley Snipes didn’t have a prayer using the defense of “poor judgment” when convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to three years in federal prison last year; nor did the first TV `Survivor’ winner Richard Hatch, who was convicted and sentenced four years in federal prison for not paying taxes on his $1 million winnings. And of course in the classic example of selective zero-tolerance from the feds when it comes to taxes, see Al Capone.
Citizens who play games with their taxes receive very little mercy from the IRS or sympathy from the public.