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Latest HHS Nominee Is Also A Tax Cheat

From a wonderfully forgiving Associated Press:

Sebelius admits errors, pays $7,000 in back taxes

By Erica Werner, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius recently corrected three years of tax returns and paid more than $7,000 in back taxes after finding "unintentional errors" — the latest tax troubles for an Obama administration nominee. The Kansas governor explained the changes to senators in a letter dated Tuesday that the administration released. She said they involved charitable contributions, the sale of a home and business expenses.

Sebelius said she filed the amended returns as soon as the errors were discovered by an accountant she hired to scrub her taxes in preparation for her confirmation hearings. She and her husband, Gary, a federal magistrate judge in Kansas, paid a total of $7,040 in back taxes and $878 in interest to amend returns from 2005-2007…

In her letter to Baucus and Grassley, Sebelius wrote that the accountant discovered these errors:

_Charitable contributions over $250 are supposed to include an acknowledgment letter from the charity in order for a deduction to be taken. Out of 49 charitable contributions made, three letters couldn’t be found.

– Sebelius and her husband took deductions for mortgage interest that they weren’t entitled to. The couple sold their home in 2006 for less than what they owed on the mortgage. They continued to make payments on the mortgage, including interest. But since they no longer owned the home they weren’t entitled to take deductions for the interest. The same thing happened with a home improvement loan. Sebelius said they "mistakenly believed" the payments were still deductible.

– Insufficient documentation was found for some business expense deductions.

An administration official said Sebelius filed the amended returns before documents formalizing her nomination were sent to the Finance Committee

We’ve lost count.

Is this is sixth or seventh Obama nominee (that we know of), who has had tax er… problems?

Sebelius said she filed the amended returns as soon as the errors were discovered by an accountant she hired to scrub her taxes in preparation for her confirmation hearings.

We are beginning to see a pattern here.

Meanwhile, if any of us mere mortals had such problems we would be in serious trouble – and not in line for a plum, high-paying government job.

Mr. Edwards is right. There really are two Americas.

One for Democrat politicians, and the one for the rest of us.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 31st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

32 Responses to “Latest HHS Nominee Is Also A Tax Cheat”

  1. pdsand says:

    Her application is complete, says the [Associated Press]:

    Sebelius admits errors, pays $7,000 in back taxes

    By ERICA WERNER

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius has corrected three years of tax returns and paid more than $7,000 in back taxes after finding “unintentional errors” — the latest tax troubles for an Obama administration nominee. The Kansas governor explained the changes to senators in a letter dated Tuesday that was obtained by The Associated Press. She said they involved charitable contributions, the sale of a home and business expenses…

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iyF-qhq9qmv7jsGQ3MJPo63B1gAAD9799MCO1

    This surely must be the reason they all come out saying they didn’t mind tax increases, it’s not like they even pay any attention to what they ought to be paying anyway…

  2. Colonel1961 says:

    A pattern? I think you’re being way to hard on these humble civil servants…

  3. annabetsy says:

    How does a self-respecting democrat defend these guys? Or are there no self-respecting democrats left? Perhaps they are all rich and self-loathing.

    • GL0120 says:

      Excuse me, but what in the world is a Self-Respecting Democrat???
      How can you have any self-respect and be a democrat?

  4. proreason says:

    Looks to me that they committed some other kind of civil infraction as well.

    – Mortgages are collateralized loans. A requirement of the note is to payoff the mortgage when the property is sold. Otherwise, it would become an unsecured loan
    – Yet they “continued to make payments” after the property was sold.
    – If that was legal, anybody could sell their house, collect the full value of the sale and continue to make the mortgage payments. Which would be a really good deal if the loan interest was low enough (like a Drooling Barney ARM special easily obtainable in the 2004-2007 timeframe.)

    Note also that $7,040 in back taxes means that they probably fudged around 20,000 on their deductions. In my world, that’s real money.

    But we shouldn’t be so concerned with these piddling little errors. After all, they pale into nothingness compared to the crimes these people perpetrate on the people of the country.

    • Petronius says:

      Proreason you’re right that these are “piddling little errors” — as these things go among Democrats, Sebelius is rather small potatoes. But it is curious that Sebelius’s accountant only corrected three years . . . which, I believe, happens to be the statute of limitations for income taxes. If we could only dig back beyond three years, who knows what we might find?

    • proreason says:

      and of course, why have the corrections been made only now, and as Petronious says, why for only 3 years.

      Isn’t paying taxes a patriotic duty?

  5. wardmama4 says:

    At least The One ™ is being consistant about something.

    It would be nice to think, ney dare to dream that this means that The One ™ would be all for abolishing the IRS? I mean he consistantly choses people (among the brightest and bestest in the Nation) who can’t ever seem to be able to properly file/pay their taxes – seems to me that The One ™ has no respect for the IRS.

    Or America.

  6. catie says:

    This is rich isn’t it?

  7. U NO HOO says:

    Sell a house for less than the mortgage?

    Sounds stupid to me, oh yeah, she’s a Democrat.

    • dulcimergrl says:

      It’s happening all over the place in my neck of the woods nowadays. It’s called a “short sale”. But I can’t imagine why someone would continue to make payments on a house they’ve already sold. Sound fishy to me.

    • proreason says:

      “I can’t imagine why someone would continue to make payments on a house they’ve already sold”

      Because if the interest on the mortgage (i.e., a Drooling Barney 2%’er) is less than they could have earned (i.e., a 5% CD) they could make a nifty profit by doing so.

      In my neck of the woods, we call that “illegal”.

  8. U NO HOO says:

    “her husband, Gary, a federal magistrate judge”

    Aren’t judges supposed to be “learned in the law?”

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Most of Congress and the Senate is made up of lawyers and “learned in the law”.
      “THAT”……….. is how they circumvent it!!
      I’ve been calling for a lawyer rodeo (culling) for a L-O-N-G time now!!

  9. pinandpuller says:

    I have been re reading Unlimited Access by Gary Aldrich. I think that what’s happening here is the Pres is ignoring protocalls that were put in place to prevent such things-like pre-emptive FBI background checks on nominees. They have contempt for these kinds of folks just like Clinton so it should come as no suprise that they would follow down that same road. I can’t wait to see Michelle’s Christmas Tree ornaments.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      It’s a great read, pin. I loved the part about trying to reach Algore when Bill-Jeff went off to go get laid at the hotel and the Secret Service had no idea where he was. When they finally reached the Gore residence, in person, they were told that they cut their phones off at 9PM so as not to be disturbed. You’ll never read that in any MSM outlet. But it sums up the contempt the elitists have for anything.

      The X-rated Christmas tree also had me howling. Howling in disgust for the Clinton’s complete lack of class. The book is very revealing and the Clinton’s obviously didn’t want it published but ironically, the MSM never really picked up on it and probably kept it from being publicized much because it speaks so poorly of Bill-Jeff and his “hootnanny yum-yums”.

      Aldrich was understandably frustrated and gave very clear testimony to the difference between G.H.W. Bush and the REAL first black president.

  10. RParker says:

    …its very difficult for me to understand the generally pejorative, and typically vehement criticism of the 61 day old Obama administration; and yet the saint like patience in support of the Bush administration, which during 2,920 days presided over foreign policy blundering (Korea, Iran), domestic policy blundering (Katrina), a trillion in war related debt (Iraq, Afghanistan), political pronouncements followed by inaction (We’re addicted to oil), crony/ incompetent political appointments (Brownie, you’re doing a helluva job), a fear premised national security policy (we’ll keep you safe), a global economic melt down, the near abrogation of the Bill of Rights (secret legal memos, wire taps), the return of torture (water boarding) and disregard for the Geneva Conventions (Abu Ghraib), world wide loss of American prestige and humiliation (shoe throwing incident), Karl Rove’s ‘permanent majority’ (DOJ firing’s), Dick Cheney (Valerie Plame, Scooter Libby falls on his sword, Enron collapse, no bid Halliburton contracts, JSOC team reporting directly to office of the VP), its mind blowing really. Its also true that almost every administration is remembered for one or more political blunders– Eisenhower (U2), Kennedy (Bay of Pigs, Marilyn Monroe), Johnson (Vietnam), Nixon (Watergate), Carter (Panama Canal, Hostages), Regan (Oliver North), Bush1 (lengthy recession), Clinton (Lewinsky)– but George W. Bush leads everyone.

    …And so why so much criticism of the young Obama administration, and then I realized why, the neo conservative mindset has already been decided/ invented by the likes of William Kristol’s Weekly Standard, and ultra conservative ‘think tanks’ like the American Enterprise Institute, and the Heritage Foundation– who are already positioning themselves to spin the economic crisis and Iraq War as an Obama Administration failures. Look for the ensuing propaganda blizzard of ‘Karl Rove playbook’ lies (then amplified by Fox, Rush, Hannity, etc)– lies that already have gullible, non-independent thinking conservatives, firmly convinced of much more than the actual reality … hence, the vitriolic certitude of their parroted arguments, as they genuinely believe what they’re saying. Sad really, what’s false is true and what’s true is false. Unfortunately, the neoconservative mindset is inherently self destructive and led to the colossal and spectacular failed presidency of the Bush administration. Why would that kind of paranoid thinking be helpful to America’s future ?

    • canary says:

      Parker/saint like patience for Bush? Where? There’s criticism of other republicans here. Never hear a democrat that’s objective enough to criticize another democrat.
      Vehement criticism of Obama in the first 61 days? Lions and Tigers. Oh my.
      Obambo’s idea to have a daily reality show on TV is quite a circus. He’s spent more money in 61 days than any president. The only way American’s can find out what’s “not” in the stimulous packages, is the daily watching Obmya spend billions near daily on everything. Obombya broke every promise in regards to the war, except for his idea of going after Iran, and not paying China back. Paying billions to Pakistan when they hide terrorists. Sending more money to Iraq and Afganistan, more troops, so it’s pretty hard to turn off the tube, when you finally get to watch an unexperienced incompetent nobody, that all you knew, belonged to the Socialist Party, and hung around bad friends, and American hate mongers. Truth is stranger than fiction, so this is pretty entertaining to watch and observe the oOboo boo’s.
      Yet alone he and his appointed VA chief, deliberately trying to take injured and disabled soldiers health care away, an attempt to force them to get private health sure, which is something he has said all along. Universal Health Care. So many democrats think it means free health care.
      No president in history has blamed everyone else, continues to blame everyone else. This war now belongs to Obama. Or isn’t the tube boob of the day, that it’s no longer a war?
      Think the 10th amendment is gone, other’s following close behind.
      I’m sorry to see a company fail. But, this ideology that everything is free, and everyone will have the same, is communism. And successes and failures are a part of life. Obama is tossing money like it’s candy. And Obama’s team has done more vacationing than in the first 61 days than administration. They are having a party.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      RParker=idiot

    • Steve says:

      Obama’s Online Trolls Stay On The Job | Sweetness & Light
      http://sweetness-light.com/archive/obamas-online-trolls-to-keep-at-it

    • canary says:

      RParker’s “the near abrogation of the Bill of Rights (secret legal memos, wire taps), kind of stunned me, because it’s nothing compared to what Obama’s plans in ripping amendments apart, take our right to bear arms, make us pay for late-term abortions, and spy on all Americans. Clintons census violating our constitutional rights, wanting to know the value of our cars, and now Obama won’t have to go through the census. lol. so much is in for store for us.
      as far as the shoe throwing, it is nothing compared to Obama’s, Hillary’s, and John Kerry’s, humiliating actions such as Obama taking off the American flag pin to make a statement. Hillary telling China not to follow our example, and blaming America, and John Kerry’s visiting other countries and saying how bad a country America is. oops, another bombing on Pakistan, so guess John Kerry will be over there with more money. The shoe throwing sent a message, because had it been thrown at Saddam, that Iraq would be tortured and executed. I was proud the way Bush smiled and ducked. He did not want Iraq to prosecute the guy even. Oh and let’s not forget Bill Holder calling us a country of cowards; pretty close to Bin Laden calling muslims who won’t murder and kill for him, cowards.

    • catie says:

      There’s no hope for you RParker. Go back to Kos and tell them how mean we all are to you.
      This idiot you elected has plunged this country into chaos with help from his tax cheat secretary of treasury who wants to go willy nilly into cooperate America and tell everyone what they can be paid, what they can sell and who they can hire and fire. I bet you don’t watch South Park but in a repeat of a previous episode last night little Kyle used his own little credit card to pay off the debts of all the irresponsible adults just like all the little kids have to pay off the debt this clown of a president has piled up in his first 62 days. You Sir are a drone and to quote yourself you are a “gullible, non-independent thinking” liberal fool who has no grip on reality. And to talk about self-destructive mindset liberals, democrats such as yourself did nothing but constantly talk about the so-called failure of the Bush administration. It was not a failure but you and your msm counterparts convinced enough stupid people to vote for this clown. Of course the welfare freaks are going to vote for the person who can keep their sorry behinds on the dole indefinitely. Yes it is sad what is true is false and you labor under the falsest delusion of all. Now head off to Kos and to your friends at Moveon and have a happy day.

    • pdsand says:

      What does any of this have to do with the fact that so many of the the Sainted One’s nominees have decided to go ahead and not pay their income taxes?

    • proreason says:

      Next time you post, RP, try to write in coherant sentences.

  11. Liberals Demise says:

    Big “O” Administration Credo:

    “Give me your thugs, your criminals, your Neo-Com(mies) and Tax Cheats”.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Geez….I almost forgot the treatment of “Joe the Plumber” by the Jackboot Obot Nazis.

      Hey Joe………you up for a job in the “transparent” bubble of the O’blomy Administration? According to them…….you qualify because you’ve already been vetted by their best and brightest!!

      Just kidding, Joe!! Don’t lower your standards to stand with this criminal element.

  12. ptat says:

    ( said in a zombie trance monotone)”I am RParker. I and millions like me have been programmed to spew forth the following invective. It is futile to resist. Bush lied, people died. Bush bad, Obama saviour. Obama loves me and will pay my bills. Everything is OK now. Cheney evil. War bad. Mean people suck. Obama will talk to Osama and Iran and make peace.Neocons(Jews) want to rule USA. I have never heard of, and will never hear of, George Soros. Taxes are good, especially since I won’t be paying them. Free health care for everyone, even illegal aliens. Obama and Democrats will do my thinking for me. There is no truth. blah, blah, blah.”

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on its white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the Party:
      WAR IS PEACE
      FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
      IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.”

      George Orwell “1984”

    • dulcimergrl says:

      As Bannedbythetaliban posted above, we’ve been invaded by pod people fer sher.

  13. Sebelius…

    The press openly endorsed her as a possibility for Veep Nom to gather possible conservative support, as she is the “spawn” of Republican and Democrat families.

    Supposedly that would make her seem acceptable.

    When I see her, all I can think of is the wretch who has wrecked Michigan, and continues to do so by citing “green” progress and refusing us the ability to generate electricity, by signing on to bans on coal fired plants. (even after their initial approvals)

    Sebelius pulled some similar shenanigans. And like our governor is liberal to the core. Is she a tax cheat? Of course… it depends on your definition of “is.”

  14. MinnesotaRush says:

    And to think Al Capone sat in prison for all those years for “unintentional errors” and honest mistakes” …


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