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Daschle Didn’t Pay All His Medicare Taxes

From Bloomberg News:

Daschle Raised Tax Question in June, Finance Report Says

Aliza Marcus Aliza Marcus Sat Jan 31

Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) — Thomas A. Daschle, the former U.S. senator picked to be Barack Obama’s Health and Human Services secretary, was aware in June that his free use of a car service might be taxable, a report to the Senate Finance Committee said.

Daschle, 61, amended his tax returns for 2005, 2006, and 2007 on Jan. 2, when he also paid $128,203 in back taxes and $11,964 in interest, a Daschle spokeswoman confirmed today…

Daschle, a former U.S. Senator, told the committee staff that in June “something made him think that the car service might be taxable,” the confidential report by the Finance Committee staff said. Daschle then contacted his accountant.

Jenny Backus, the Daschle spokeswoman, said in an e-mailed response to questions today that the accountant concluded “there could be” tax consequences and “planned to remedy the issue as part of Senator Daschle’s 2008 tax filings,” rather than sooner.

“Senator Daschle is embarrassed and disappointed by these errors,” Backus said. “He apologized for his part in these errors and expressed his deep regret that the committee had to devote time to them.”

Daschle remains the best choice for the post, White House spokesman Bill Burton said.

“The president has confidence that Senator Daschle is the right person to lead the fight for health-care reform.”

More than $100,000 of the tax and interest repayments was for use of the car.

Daschle didn’t report a May 2007 consulting payment of $83,333 from InterMedia, which paid him that amount each month..

Daschle had to redo his tax forms as well because he couldn’t show that almost $15,000 in charitable contributions went to qualifying organizations, according to the panel’s report…

The committee is still looking into whether travel and entertainment services provided to the Daschles by EduCap, Inc., a nonprofit student loan company and its Loan to Learn program, as well as the philanthropic Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation and the nonprofit Academy Achievement in Washington, should be reported as income, according to the draft report.

The former senator has agreed that he will have to adjust again his 2005, 2006 and 2007 tax returns because he didn’t pay Medicare taxes on the additional taxable income he incurred with the use of the car, the Finance Committee staff reported.

As Health and Human Services secretary, Daschle would oversee Medicare, the insurance program for the elderly and disabled

Mr. Daschle didn’t pay some of his Medicare taxes?

Of course that makes him “the right person to lead the fight for health-care reform.”

Just as tax cheat Charlie Rangel is the right person to be in charge of raising our taxes and tax cheat Mr. Geithner is the right person to be in charge of collecting them.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, February 1st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Daschle Didn’t Pay All His Medicare Taxes”

  1. proreason says:

    They must think the country is filled with idiots.

    And they are correct.

    Next, we can expect to see Bill Ayers heading the FBI, or even worse, Kerry put in charge of the Defense Department.

  2. 1sttofight says:

    Wouldn’t it far simplier to just list the taxes. if any, these sleezeballs actually paid?

    Yes we are getting change alright, in no other time in US history would criminals like these even be considered for high office.

  3. bousquem says:

    Add another 6k in taxes he owes. Was watching Fox news and saw this being talked about. Of course if it was a republican, he would be mauled in the press and the democrats would be threatening to never allow a conformation hearing. But democrats get a free ride on everything, just pay the base taxes and you get away free. If most of us failed to pay taxes I severely doubt the IRS is just going to accept it and/or just forget about it. We would be paying through the nose in penalties and interest and may face jail time. We elect these boobs to congress and get to see how much of a hypocrite they can be. It suppose to be patriotic to pay higher taxes but if your a democrat, you don’t need to pay and can just make up a very lame excuse like “I forgot”, “I didn’t know I had to pay” or the blame you couldn’t figure out turbotax but your going to be treasury secretary.

  4. proreason says:

    ““Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ”

    Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507.

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