Obama ‘Fairness’ Hypocrisy

Just about every time you hear some bleat from “On High” these days, the word “fairness” is part of the commentary – like the rule which should apply to all of you “millionaires and billionaires” out there who just aren’t paying your “fair share,” according to Obama.

To which we say:  check around your own corral, buster, before taking shots like this.  Is there any particular reason why 36 of your own executive office staff seem to be just a bit behind in their taxes, according to a report recently released by your very own IRS?  Is there any particular reason why the Treasury is looking for about $834,000 from these malingerers working for you?

And this, in the face of the notion that Obama’s White House staff, totaling some 457 worker bees made more than $37 million from we and thee, last year, according to Investors.Com columnist Andrew Malcolm.

And if this weren’t enough, the IRS report goes on to observe that Senate employees owe $2.1 million, House employees owe $8.5 million, and the good old U.S. Postal Service corps of dedicated Americans includes nearly 26,000 folks who owe almost $270 million!

And none of this has escaped the attention of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who last year introduced a bill to require Federal employees to be fired if they are “seriously delinquent” with respect to payment of their tax obligations.  “Seriously delinquent” is defined as packing an outstanding Federal tax debt for which a public lien has been filed.  The House is still deliberating over this one.

“If you work for the Federal government and you don’t pay your taxes, you should be fired,” quoth Chaffetz recently in a statement to FoxNews.com.  “It is totally unacceptable to live on the Federal payroll and not pay your taxes.  The Obama administration has totally ignored this cheating.  Congress should pass my bill and hold Federal workers accountable.”

So just how bad is it, you ask, regarding this whole tax structure in this country?  Bad enough, we guess, to lead a whole bunch of folks to just leave the country over the matter – National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson reports that about 4,000 folks actually gave up their citizenship from 2005 through 2010 for two main reasons:  first, because many taxpayers abroad say they are confused “by the complex legal and reporting requirements they face and are overwhelmed by the prospect of having to comply with them.”

And secondly, some have accused the Revenooers of “bait and switch” tactics through which Americans are told they can resolve some of their unpaid tax problems under “older voluntary disclosure programs with the promise of reduced penalties, only to find themselves subjected to steeper penalties” later.

Ah, “fairness……..”

CONSULT YOUR TAX ADVISOR – This article contains general information about various tax matters.  You should consult your CPA regarding the implications to your own particular situation.

Jeff Quinn, the author of this article, is a shareholder in Ashley Quinn, CPAs and Consultants, Ltd., with offices in Incline Village and Reno.  He can be reached at 831-7288, welcomes comments at jquinn@ashleyquinncpas.com, and invites readers to consider his other commentary at http://blog.nolo.com/taxes.

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