When the IRS comes a knock’n in the spring just tell those agents you forgot … you forgot to file. It was a mistake … and besides … the “Dear Leader” himself says that’s reason enough to get a pass. Go on … try it. Here’s “Mr. President-Elect” (man that ticks me off … it’s not a title) on Treasury Secretary Nominee Timothy Geithner’s now well documented tax problems. “Hey, sure the Treasury nominee failed to understand the tax code … but he’s so damn smart we need him.”
Two additional points. I love the way Lindsey Graham provides cover simply because he thinks Geithner is the only guy smart enough to save us from ourselves. I expect more but he obviously has been co-opted.
UPDATE: Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks Senator Graham has been co-opted. So much for the loyal opposition.
“I cannot tell you how much enthusiasm we saw in Pakistan for the new president,” he added.
Obama soaked up the remarks, afterwards saying that he had chosen Biden to assist him with these challenges, but “Lindsey Graham I’m drafting in as one of our counselors.”
It was expected that Obama would defend Tim Geithner, calling his reported employment of a housekeeper whose work permit had expired and his failure to pay $42,000 in taxes “an innocent mistake” that was corrected. But Graham, who described himself as having been “one of the chief opponents” of Obama and Biden, didn’t have to jump in.
“I think he’s the right guy,” Graham said of Geithner, adding that Republicans were unlikely to “play gotcha” with the nomination.
Point two … if you read the Wall Street Journal you find this guy’s taxes are a mess. It’s not just one mistake … it’s multiple mistakes.
In 2006, the IRS audited Mr. Geithner’s 2003 and 2004 taxes and concluded he owed taxes and interest totaling $17,230, according to documents released by the Senate Finance Committee. The IRS waived the related penalties. At the time, Mr. Geithner was president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
During the vetting of Mr. Geithner late last year, the Obama transition team discovered the nominee had failed to pay the same taxes for 2001 and 2002. “Upon learning of this error on Nov. 21, 2008, Mr. Geithner immediately submitted payment for tax that would have been due in those years, plus interest,” a transition aide said. The sum totaled $25,970.
As to why Mr. Geithner didn’t pay all his back taxes after the 2006 audit, an Obama aide said the nominee was advised by his accountant he had no further liability. Senate Finance aides said they were concerned either Mr. Geithner or his accountant used the IRS’s statute of limitations to avoid further back-tax payments at the time of the audit.
Other tax issues also surfaced during the vetting, including the fact Mr. Geithner used his child’s time at overnight camps in 2001, 2004 and 2005 to calculate dependent-care tax deductions. Sleepaway camps don’t qualify.
Amended tax returns that Mr. Geithner filed recently include $4,334 in additional taxes, and $1,232 in interest for infractions, such as an early-withdrawal penalty from a retirement plan, an improper small-business deduction, a charitable-contribution deduction for ineligible items, and the expensing of utility costs that went for personal use.
But this guy’s too smart to lose. No … this is once again the double standard the folks live by in Washington.