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GOP: ‘Rangel Rules’ For IRS Late Fees

From Fox News:

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) talks on his cellphone prior to the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States in Washington, January 20, 2009.

GOP Congressman Intros ‘Rangel Rule,’ Eliminating IRS Late Fees

Mosheh Oinounou

Americans may be able to rest a little easier this April if Congressman John Carter, R-Texas gets his way.

Rep. Carter introduced a bill Wednesday to eliminate all IRS penalties and interest for paying taxes past due.

The legislation calls for the creation of what he calls the, "Rangel Rule," — drawing attention to the recent legal issues of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., enabling citizens who fail to pay taxes on time to do so later with no additional fees

"Your citizens back home should have the same rights and benefits that come to you as a member of congress. You shouldn’t be treated any differently under the law than your citizens back home," Carter said.

He added that citizens should receive the "same courtesy" that the IRS is allegedly granting Rangel and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, who also recently acknowledged a failure to pay taxes.

Carter penned a letter to Rangel earlier this month requesting that he either pay the IRS fees or join him in co-sponsoring the legislation establishing the rule.

"As Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, I believe you set an example for all American taxpayers in your dealings with the IRS, and that you must do so in a way that enforces blind justice without regard to wealth or status," he wrote in the January 6th missive.

A spokesman for the New York Democrat would not comment on the state of the tax issue, which is currently under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, but did respond to the Carter bill.

"This legislation is unnecessary. All taxpayers currently receive equal treatment under the law," Rangel spokesman Emile Milne said…

Of course this is all good clean fun, but nothing will ever come of it.

We all know that Democrats are not required to abide by the rules of mortal men.

But good for Mr. Carter, anyway.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 29th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “GOP: ‘Rangel Rules’ For IRS Late Fees”

  1. Confucius says:

    I love it. The Honorable John Carter should cc his letter to Geithner, Obama, Reid and Pelosi.

  2. BillK says:

    “This legislation is unnecessary. All taxpayers currently receive equal treatment under the law,” Rangel spokesman Emile Milne said

    Great – I assume this means we shall see the assessment of interest and penalties against Rangel and Geithner by the end of the day, correct?

    Or will the IRS waive penalties for any taxpayer swearing that they “didn’t know” taxes were due?

  3. Confucius says:

    This year, I think everyone should complete their tax return by writing in “Rangel Rule” or “Geithner Option” on the line marked “Taxes Owed.”

  4. proreason says:

    The crimes of Rangel and Geithner are the tip of the iceberg of tax cheating by the new American Aristocracy.

    Don’t forget that in the one instance we have of a published tax return by the obscenely wealthy people who hate the country that made their wealth possible, Theresa Kerry paid 6/10th of 1% of her billion dollar fortune in income taxes in 2003. The only reason we have that 1040, and the only reason the % is that high, is that The Traitor was running for POTUS that year.

    For most of you, that would be like paying around $60 in income tax (assuming a $100K annual income).

    The fine lady “declared” about 5 million in income, so she told the government (that means you and I) that she was only able to earn 1/2 of 1% on her fortune that year. I guess she has bad financial advisors, because the stock market increased 26% in 2003.

    And of the income she so generously stooped to declare, she paid taxes at a rate of 12.7%.

    Sweet huh?

  5. Odie44 says:

    And thereby allowing tax cheats to never make good on their failure to pay taxes.

    The fees are what causes people to repay as soon as possible.

    Good one Charlie… you friggin moron.

  6. Reality Bytes says:

    I’ll tell you what, when Americans start holding their elected leaders accountable, I’LL START WORRYIN’ ABOUT CEO’S AIRPLANE RIDES!!! What a ruse!

  7. pdsand says:

    “This legislation is unnecessary. All taxpayers currently receive equal treatment under the law,”

    Did he just formally announce the end of the civil rights movement?

  8. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Not all people have the financial means to pay their taxes on time. It’s not because they’re deadbeats or scofflaws but because life and all its uncertainties throws curves we don’t expect. But most law abiding citizens will pay their taxes if given enough time. For congressman Rangel to say what he did is laughable. There are many things elected officials get away with that would get us common folk crucified without pity. George Orwell penned it right in his novel Animal Farm: “All animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

  9. Anonymoose says:

    I worry about every cent and dime getting accounted for when I do my taxes, yet these “law makers” just seem to do as they please. What’s wrong with this picture?

  10. jrmcdonald says:

    That is brilliant Mr. Carter. This needs national coverage on Rush’s show.

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