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.
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.
Should Sen. Democratic leader Harry Reid follow in the footsteps of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney by releasing his 2011 tax return?
Dave Buell, chairman of the Washoe Country Republican party in Mr. Reid's political backyard of Nevada, certainly thinks so.
"Senator, make our day and release your 2011 tax return," he said in an email blast Friday evening.
Shortly after Mr. Romney released the additional tax information, Mr. Buell blasted out the email calling for Mr. Reid to come clean and release his tax records "so that all Nevadans can see that he is paying his fair share." He added, "In addition, Mr. Reid should explain to all of us how he became a millionaire on a bureaucrat's salary. Mitt Romney earned his money by investing in companies, people and creating jobs in the private sector while Harry Reid made his money by taking money from the private sector and redistributing it through government."
The verdict? Turns out Republicans have the bigger names—Jack Abramoff, Randy “Duke” Cunningham—but Democrats have the most tax scandals by a margin of 18 to 7.
This study empirically investigates the extent of non-compliance with the tax code and the determinants of federal income tax evasion in the US. Employing the most recent data we find that 18-19% of total reportable income is not properly reported to the IRS, giving rise to a "tax gap" approaching 500 billion dollars.
Originally posted by MsAphrodite
reply to post by spinalremain
There is no attempt to derail any discussion. The point of the thread is 100% to take the plank out of your own eye before you go lambasting others. In other words what a bunch of hypocrites. How many threads and comments here on ATS going after Romney who did in fact follow the tax laws! Here we are talking about people accusing him who are in arrears. Kinda leaves a bad taste in your mouth doesn't it?
Originally posted by The Old American
I notice the lack of anything resembling a Democrat or liberal on this thread to attempt to derail, debunk, or apologize for the actions of these individuals. That's pretty telling.