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Taxes and the IRS, when will IT stop?????

April 27, 2015

I have written before about the IRS and the Tax code.

This post IDENTIFIES individuals, from BOTH POLTICAL PARTIES, that have had “trouble” completing their taxes.  Oops, I did not mean “trouble”, I meant, they made “honest mistakes”.  No wait…..I meant “trouble”,  “honest mistakes” was THEIR EXCUSE.

Here is another post that identifies an INDIVIDUAL that Obama appointed to the Treasury Department.

Did I already say that Obama appointed ANOTHER ONE with TAX PROBLEMS??

I am sure that you can find others, if these are not enough of REAL WORLD, FACTUAL articles about HIGH RANKING people that CAN NOT DO THEIR TAXES CORRECTLY.  Or you can be cynical and think these are not just “Honest Mistakes” and that these people are TAX CHEATS, and are NOT PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE.

But now, I have another FACTUAL story that makes my blood boil.  You can say whatever you like, but if you take an honest, unbiased look at this next story, you can come to only one conclusion.  This person is a LIAR.  This person is a THIEF.  This person is a TAX CHEAT.  This person BELONGS IN PRISON!

I am going to write a couple of paragraphs.  I would like you to read them both, with an open mind, and THINK ABOUT YOUR REACTIONS.  I am going to write these articles from two different perspectives.  One from the Left and one from the Right.

Let’s start from the Right.

Let’s say we have a Ex-President (like Richard Nixon) and he does some lobbying for the Oil companies.  These Oil companies pay him large amounts of money so that he can convince law makers to go easy on laws that restrict their drilling.  Then an oil spill happens, and he helps lighten the burden of the clean up.  So the oil companies pay him some more, because he is very helpful.  While he was doing this, the Tobacco companies also liked the access that he had, so they paid him also.  He helped keep the lawmakers at bay, so that they could keep selling their cancer sticks.  Now, let’s say this ex-president had filed his taxes, for his lobbying company, but someone noticed that there “might” be some mistakes and that he needs to “re-file” for SEVERAL years to correct these “honest mistakes”.

Now from the Left.

Let’s say we have a Ex-President (like Jimmy Carter) and he does some charity work for some farmers and homeless people.  This work that he does is so good that companies pay him large amounts of money so that he can continue to help the downtrodden.  He goes around the world helping people that need it, and does this for decades.  Then he start speaking politics and really picks some sides in some fights.  The people that he is advocating for, enjoy the publicity from an ex-president and think this helps their cause so they pay him some more, because he is very helpful.  Now, let’s say this ex-president had filed his taxes, for his charity, but someone noticed that there “might”, be some mistakes and that he needs to “re-file” for SEVERAL years to correct these “honest mistakes”.

Please read those two paragraphs again.  Think about them.  Think about your reaction.

Which one of these people do YOU think was LYING??  Did they both make “honest mistakes”?  Do you think that someone that used to be President could not find someone to do their taxes correctly?  Do you think one or the other did this on purpose?  Is the Tax Code too complex that the former most powerful person in the world can not find someone that knows it?  WHAT IS YOUR REACTION?

Here is the TRUE STORY.

 

 

Hillary Clinton.  The person who was the runner-up for the Democrat nomination to be President in 2008.  The person who was a Senator from New York.  The person who was an Attorney.  The person who was the First Lady.  The person whose husband was President for 8 years.  The person who was the Secretary of State.  The person who appears to be leading for the Democrat nomination to be President in 2016.  Hillary Clinton started a charitable foundation and CAN NOT GET HER TAXES DONE CORRECTLY.

Here is an article from Reuters.

Exclusive: Clinton charities will refile tax returns, audit for other errors

Hillary Clinton’s family’s charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors.”

FIVE YEARS WORTH???

I’m not making this story up.  Here is an article from Fox News that contains a ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FROM THE CLINTON FOUNDATION:

Clinton Foundation addresses disclosure of $31M Canadian donation, re-filing IRS revenue forms

The Clinton Foundation acknowledged Sunday that the nonprofit group “made mistakes” in IRS filings…”

FIVE YEARS WORTH???

These people belong in JAIL!!!  And/Or the Tax Code needs to be thrown out!!!

There are NO OTHER OPTIONS.

Are people OVERPAID??

June 24, 2013

First off, I want to make sure that everyone reading this understands that the “sequester” did NOT CUT FUNDS FROM ANY GOVERNMENT PROGRAM, it only slowed the growth of those programs.  The following is the KEY statement from Wikipedia:

The spending reductions are approximately $85.4 billion (equivalent to $42 billion in actual outlays) during fiscal year 2013, with similar cuts for years 2014 through 2021. However, total federal outlays will continue to increase by an average of $238.6 billion per year during the next decade, although at a somewhat lesser rate because of the sequester.

So, anyone that says we needed to layoff people/furlough people, etc. “because of the sequester”, is a LIAR!!!  They are just using the “sequester” as an excuse.  Personally I am on the side that says there needs to be ACTUAL CUTS to the budget of the government.  For anyone that is confused by “ACTUAL CUTS”, it means, basically, that the government should spend LESS this year than it did LAST year.  And to be honest, Obama increased spending by MORE THAN $1 TRILLION per year, so when I say cuts, I mean SIGNIFICANT CUTS.  The actual numbers can be decided, but in my opinion $85 MILLION would not even be CLOSE to the needed amount.

Second, I want to make sure that you have heard that our favorite agency, The Internal Revenue Service, the IRS, the agency that has been maliciously targeting conservative groups, is giving its employees BONUSES to the tune of $70 MILLION.

The Internal Revenue Service is expected to dole out $70 million in bonuses to employees in the next several months.” – CNN Money

Defying Directive, IRS Set To Pay Out $70 Million In Employee Bonuses” –FORBES

Does ANY OBJECTIVE person feel that these IRS bullies employees deserve a BONUS??

If you do, what are your feelings concerning this:

IRS Sent $46,378,040 in Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens at 1 Atlanta Address” – CNS News

Go ahead and read the article.  The IRS has GIVEN MORE THAN $86 MILLION to JUST 10 ADDRESSES in the USA…..IN 2011 ALONE!!!  AND the IRS KNOWS THIS!!!  In fact in 2011, there were 154 ADDRESSES that had more than 1,000 NEW Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) as their address!!!  When do you think a red flag should be placed on a single address??  Should it be when 10 people apply for an (ITIN) in a single year??  No….How about 20??  Seriously, there are 154 addresses that have MORE than 1,000!!!  Are you kidding me???  The people that have approved this, BELONG IN PRISON!!!

This means that the IRS GAVE AWAY more than $100 MILLION to probable “UNAUTHORIZED ALIEN WORKERS”.  Just for those that are having trouble following along “unauthorized alien workers” are ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, meaning these are people who are ALREADY flouting our laws.  By the way, this is called FRAUD!!!  AND the IRS KNOWS about it, and apparently has NOT DONE ANYTHING ABOUT IT for more than 13 YEARS!!!

The IRS has long known it was giving these numbers to illegal aliens, and thus facilitating their ability to work illegally in the United States. For example, the Treasury Inspector General’s Semiannual Report to Congress published on Oct. 29, 1999—nearly fourteen years ago—specifically drew attention to this problem.

Not only does ANY IRS EMPLOYEE NOT DESERVE A BONUS, but many BELONG IN JAIL!!!  They are aiders and abettors, to the fleecing of the American Tax Payer!!

The IRS Scandal CONTINUED!!!

May 29, 2013

In my previous post I gave some links about the IRS Scandal of TARGETING Conservatives.  The supposed defense of the TARGETING, that has been propagated by the Obama Administration, is that it was only a few lower-level employees of the Cincinnati Office that did ALL of the targeting, and that NO ONE ELSE KNEW IT WAS HAPPENING…

I think we can all AGREE that there is NO POSSIBLE WAY THAT THIS WAS ONLY A FEW LOWER-LEVEL EMPLOYEES.

It has already been shown that the Inspector General had notified the top Lawyer for the Treasury Department, as well as AT LEAST one other HIGH_LEVEL official at the Treasury Department (Washington Post), that he was doing the investigation. 

J. Russell George, the Treasury Department’s top tax watchdog, said Friday he had informed top Treasury officials starting last spring about problems related to the special attention the agency was paying some conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status. George said he shared the information with the Treasury’s general counsel in June and with Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal S. Wolin “shortly thereafter.”

Anyone want to wager that he did or did not tell that Lawyer what he was finding??  It has been shown that AFTER being told of the investigation, that Christopher J. Meade, Treasury General Counsel met with White House Chief Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler AT LEAST three times.

Christopher J. Meade, Treasury Chief Counsel, met with Ruemmler on September 27th, December 11th, and December 13th, 2012, according to White House Visitor Records requests. The two had never met one-on-one prior to these meetings.” – Daily Caller

The two had never met, but NOW THEY WERE WORKING ON SOMETHING TOGETHER, that required AT LEAST three face to face meetings.  How many phone calls??  E-mails??  Any other correspondence??

And today I read this:

Lawmakers zero in on IRS meetings at White House” – Washington Examiner

Former Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Doug Shulman visited the White House 118 times between 2010 and 2011.”

118 TIMES!!??  That is more than once per week!!!  For TWO YEARS!!!

Just to put this number in perspective:

The frequent trips to the White House under Obama far outnumbered the times other administrations felt the need to meet with the IRS, according to Mark Everson, who led the IRS under former President George W. Bush. Everson said he remembers making only one trip to the White House between 2003 and 2007.

In the previous FOUR YEARS, the previous Commissioner visited the White House ONE TIME!!!

Who is STILL TRYING to say that the White House knew nothing about the TARGETING??  Are you kidding me??

The Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service met with people IN THE WHITE HOUSE more than once per week for two years, at the same time that the IRS was TARGETING conservative groups!!!

And just as a reminder:

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Defends Handling of IRS Scandal” – ABC News

Who is Jack Lew you ask?

On January 10, 2013, President Obama nominated Lew for the position of Secretary of the Treasury.” – Wikipedia

So, this is the guy that replaced Timmy “I’m worse than Apple because I just don’t pay the taxes that I owe” Geithner.  But wait…January 2013 is after all this happened.  What did Jack Lew do before this??

“…before Lew became secretary of the treasury he was President Obama’s chief of staff at the White House…”

Does anyone else find it hard to believe that Mr. Lew “first heard about this targeting” this year??  I mean, he was Obama’s CHIEF OF STAFF!!!  He makes sure he KNOWS WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!

And for anyone that believes that Timmy Geithner did not have a hand in this:

Lew said he has directed incoming Acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel (Acting Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service), who begins Wednesday, to “carry out a thorough review,” including “making sure that those who acted inappropriately are held accountable for their actions,” as well as “examining and correcting any failures in the system that allowed this behavior to happen”.

Werfel will report back to him within 30 days so he can report back to the president “to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again,” Lew said.

See that?  The Secretary of the Treasury DIRECTED the Commissioner of the IRS what to do.

This is ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING and anyone that is honest can look at history and see that this situation will not get better for the citizens of the United States unless we take power away from the bureaucrats.

Questions for the IRS….

May 17, 2013

I am sure by now that everyone has heard that the Internal Revenue Service, the IRS, has targeted conservatives over the last several years for special attention.  I am sure that everyone has heard that now the IRS is getting special attention from Congress, the media, etc.  I have NO SYMPATHY for the IRS!!!  But I do think that the process should be fair, balanced, and equitable.

For some background, the following are some questions that the IRS was asking individuals and organizations:

Probing questions, long delays for tea party groups” – CNN

Documents from March 2012 provided to CNN by Ken Johnson of the Indiana group shows the IRS asked for copies of “the pages” of its website — including social networking sites — and a “list” of the group’s “activities to date,” including a description of each event.

The IRS also asked the group to “provide a list of your communication to your members or others,” including speeches, e-mails, flyers, billboards and “other literature.”

Weirdest IRS Questions for the Tea Party: Views, Donors, and Etymology” – ABC

Here are some of the weirdest and most notable questions and requests that ABC found in roughly half a dozen IRS questionnaires sent to tea party groups from 2010 to 2012:

  • Provide a list of all issues that are important to your organization. Indicate your position regarding each issue.”
  • “Please explain in detail the derivation of your organization’s name.” (in a letter to the Ohio-based 1851 Center for  Constitutional Law)
  • “Please explain in detail your organization’s involvement with the Tea Party.”
  • “Provide details regarding your relationship with Justin Binik-Thomas.” (a Cincinnati-area Tea-Party activist)
  • “Provide information regarding the Butler County Teen Age Republicans and your relationship.”
  • Submit the following information relating to your past and present directors, officers, and key employees: a) Provide a resume for each.”
  • The names of the donors, contributors, and grantors. … The amounts of each of the donations, contributions, and grants and the dates you received them.”
  • The names of persons from your organization and the amount of time they spent on the event or program.” (for events)
  • “Provide copies of the handbills you distributed at your monthly meetings.”
  • “Fully describe your youth outreach program with the local school.”
  • “Please provide copies of all your current web pages, including your Blog posts. Please provide copies of all of your newsletters, bulletins, flyers, newsletters or any other media or literature you have disseminated to your members or others. Please provide copies of stories and articles that have been published about you.”
  • Are you on Facebook or other social networking sites? If yes, provide copies of these pages.”
  • “Provide copies of the agendas and minutes of your Board meetings and, if applicable, members ship meetings, including a description of legislative and electoral issues discussed, and whether candidates for political office were invited to address the meeting.”
  • “Do your issue-related advocacy communications compare to the positions of candidates or slates of candidates on these issues with your positions? Provide copies of these communications. What percentage do these constitute of your issue-related advocacy communications?”
  • “Do you have a close relationship with any candidate for political office or political party? If so describe fully the nature of that relationship.”
  • “Apart from your responses to the preceding, estimate the percentage of your time and what percentage of your resources you will devote to activities in the 2012 election cycle, in which you will explicitly or implicitly support or oppose a candidate, candidates or slates of candidates, for public office.”

7 unnecessary questions the IRS asked Tea Party groups” – USA Today

“1. Requests the names of donors.

2.  Requests a list of all issues that are important to the organization and asks that the organization indicate its position regarding such issues.

3.  Requests 1) the roles and activities of the audience and participants other than members in the activity and 2) the type of conversations and discussions members and participants had during the activity.

4.  Asks whether the officer, director, etc., has run or will run for public office.

5.  Requests the political affiliation of the officer, director, speakers, candidates supported, etc., or otherwise refers to the relationship with identified political party–related organizations.

6.  Requests information regarding employment, other than for the organization, including hours worked.

7.  Requests information regarding activities of another organization – not just the relationship of the other organization to the applicant

IRS demands alarm Florida tea partyers” – Sun Sentinal

There are MANY, MANY, MANY more articles, if you would like to see more do a google search.  Did I say MANY??  That may be an understatement.

Anyway, in order to be fair, I have started a list of questions THAT EVERY SINGLE CURRENT AND PAST EMPLOYEE OF THE IRS, NEEDS TO PUBLICLY ANSWER, before they are allowed to continue their employment.  After we have examined these answers, we may expand to the Department of the Treasury, which oversees the IRS, and then maybe we will move to the White House, which IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL AGENCIES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT.

Here we go:

1.  What did you have for Breakfast today?  Include the exact amount of every ingredient, the process used to move that ingredient from inception to the final product, the duration of the event, who else was present (within 250′), what was discussed by any of those persons, if any decisions were made, what those decisions were, and any other information that someone might find interesting.

2.  Answer question #1 for EVERY previous day of your life.

3.  Answer question #1 for EVERY day of the rest of your life.

4.  Provide information on every person that lives within 1 mile of your primary residence.

5.  Provide minutes for every meeting that you have ever been present for, include video conferences, half time meetings, parent teacher conferences, doctor visits, or anytime that someone besides yourself has been near enough to have heard you speak in a normal voice.

6.  Provide a detailed, minute by minute, schedule of what you did yesterday, include the names and birth dates, of everyone that you came within 50 feet.

7.  Answer question #6 for EVERY previous day of your life.

8.  Answer question #6 for EVERY day of the rest of your life.

9.  Answer question #6 for everyday of your immediate family members and all of their relatives.

10. What did you think about today?  Please explain any gaps.

I think 10 questions is more than reasonable.  If you disagree, go back and look at the questions that THEY ASKED FIRST.

After, we have compiled than answers for each employee, they will then be subject to an AUDIT, no more rigorous than what they have done to Frank VanderSloot.

I only want to be FAIR!!!  And let NO ONE forget, Tim “I can’t run Turbo Tax” Geithner was the one in charge of the Treasury Department, which oversees the IRS, during the egregious targeting of conservative groups.  Tim Geithner should be held RESPONSIBLE for this blatent law breaking!!!

After this examination is complete, dismantle the IRS, make the system SIMPLE AND STRAIGHT FORWARD, see a suggestion here.

Finally some GOOD news from the “sequester”…

April 22, 2013

I know we have all been “trained” by the media and President Obama to think “bad things” will come from the “sequester”, BUT I finally have some good GREAT NEWS!!! 

First, everyone should KNOW that President Obama is trying to inflict as much “pain” on the American public, so that we scream “no more cuts”. (Washington Times)

at least one agency has been instructed to make sure the cuts are as painful as President Obama promised they would be.

Well, I’m sorry Mister President, I do not think that the “cuts”, which are NOT really CUTS (Forbes or US News), are enough!!  We NEED MORE REAL CUTS!!!

But, I have FINALLY seen some good come from the “sequester”…

IRS Will Close To Public For Five Days Due to Furloughs” – Bloomberg

Only 360 more days to eliminate, and then the IRS will “work” just as much as they need to…

GE and taxes…..

April 11, 2011

Much has been written/said recently about Government General Electric and the taxes that it has paid, or NOT

It “earned” $14.2 BILLION in 2010 and paid a grand total of $0 in taxes to the United States Government.  In the last 5 years, GE has earned more than $26 BILLION and received more than $4 BILLION in tax credits from the IRS.

Now don’t get me wrong, I understand some of the accounting that goes into a “tax loss carry forward”.  I DO believe that “honest” companies should be able to carry a loss forward, into another year to offset profits, in order to reduce taxes.

However, here is the problem that I am having.  When the latest recession began, as a result of indiscriminate lending, of which GE (through its subsidiary GE Capital) was a HUGE beneficiary, GE Capital provided 40% of the profits of GE.  GE Capital was involved in ALL of the kinds of “shady” loans, CDO’s, etc.  They were using the lax loan standards, approved and being used by all of the other major players, to maximize their fees while limiting their exposure.  Still, they did as poor a job, as all the other major players, or worse.  At that point in time, GE Capital “could” have bankrupted GE.

Then GE used the “Bank Bailouts” (TARP, TLGP, Stimulus, etc.) to the tune of at least $140 BILLION to “save” themselves.  That is, they TOOK money from US, and used it to stay in business and make profits.  And, now they are “using” the losses that they incurred to evade/avoid paying taxes to US.

Here is what I would like to see.  IF a company used the United States Government to remain in business, and to profit from free, or cheap, money loaned to it; then ALL previous losses are negated.  No more shenanigans, those companies will be ALLOWED to say THANK YOU, for saving us and our overpaid jobs, to the American public, and they will pay TAXES on ALL income generated.  Hey, GE let’s call it even and you PAY the taxes that you OWE!!

Let your representative know what you think, and if you think that you do NOT pay enough in taxes, NO ONE is stopping you from sending more.

The AARP SCAM continued….

March 31, 2011

I have previously written about the SCAM called AARP. 

Now, there is an economic study out that claims AARP will GAIN $1 BILLION from ObamaCare.

And, there is a push for the IRS to investigate their “non-profit” designation.

The President of AARP has upped his pay from $900,000 to $1.6 MILLION since 2008.  The same time as the Great Recession.

If anyone still believes that the AARP is interested in standing up for the American public, they seriously need to get some help.  Follow the money.  In my opinion the AARP scam needs to come to a dramatic end.  Let me know what you think.

The TAX CODE is BROKEN

March 27, 2009

I would like to point out that there seems to be a serious problem with the income tax code of the United States.

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First, we have very prominent people (Rahm Emanuel – Current White House Chief of Staff, Timothy Geithner – Current Treasury Secretary (over sees the entire IRS), Charles Rangel – Current Chairman (that is the HEAD) of the House Ways and Means Committee (the committee that WRITES the TAX LAWS), Tom Daschle – Former Senate Minority Leader, Nancy Killefer – Nominated by President Obama to the post of Office of Management and Budget, Kathleen Sebelius – Nominated by President Obama to be head of Health and Human Services and current Governor of Kansas, Al Franken – Possible Senator, Sarah Palin – Current Governor of Alaska and former Vice-Presidential Candidate, Ron Kirk -nominated as U.S. Trade Representative) and possibly 52,000 “Rich Americans” with accounts with UBS in Switzerland that have FAILED to pay the taxes that they OWE.  This does not include any of the people that are not famous enough to have their names in the media for tax troubles.

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Many of the politicians have said that it was an “honest MISTAKE” and this EXCUSE has been accepted by their political friends and the media.  On this point, I do NOT believe that it was an “honest MISTAKE”, I believe that it was deliberate and only came to light because of the positions that they have been appointed to or have taken.

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IF they are honest mistakes, these politicians SHOULD have known what the tax laws are.  Tom Daschle, as a former SENATOR (TOP Senator for the minority party), was one of the people that WROTE the tax laws that he did not “understand”.  IF the politicians do not KNOW how to do their own taxes, then their accountants are required to KNOW the tax laws.  Accountants are REQUIRED to be CERTIFIED, hence the CPA (CERTIFIED Public Accountant) designation. 

Does anyone believe that these people do their own taxes??  I do NOT.  Maybe it should be a REQUIREMENT of the highest politicians that they should have to do their own taxes, without help.

Second, lets assume that these people made an “honest mistake”, and for this point I will highlight former Senator Tom Daschle.  This is not to say that he is worse than anyone else that cheats makes an “honest mistake” filing their taxes.  Mr. Daschle had to restate his earnings for tax years 2005 to 2007, because these were the years the alleged “mistakes” happened.  OK, not so bad so far.  The BAD part, that makes me so _______ (angry, frustrated, fed up, irate, incensed, etc. – pick your own descriptive word(s)), is that Mr. Daschle was AUDITED, by the IRS, for his tax year 2006.  Let me say that again,  Mr. Daschle was AUDITED, by the IRS, for the tax year 2006, one of the years that “honest mistakes” were made.  What happened after the AUDIT, you ask.

NOTHING, the IRS found NO problems with his taxes.  This tells me that one of three things has happened.  1) the IRS was involved with the “honest mistakes” and allowed them to continue, or 2) the IRS is INCOMPETENT to do their job, or 3) the tax code is soooooo complex that NO ONE can understand it any longer. 

If #1 is the case, we better have an independent investigation and people better be going to JAIL and paying substantial fines. 

As much as I complain about government and the people that work in government, it is hard for me to believe that the entire IRS is INCOMPETENT.  If #2 is the case then we should DISMANTLE the IRS and make the tax code so simple, so that we do not need them any longer.

Personally, I believe that #3 is the likely culprit.

Also, I have a problem with all of these people making an “honest mistake” and not having to pay any PENALTIES.  It seems to me that the PENALTIES, that the IRS enforces, are entirely arbitrary/subjective and should be eliminated.  This is not “FAIR AND EQUAL” treatment, as dictated in the laws of the United States.  Anyone that has paid penalties should have them refunded.  Write your representatives and senators.

If I had to offer a solution today, I would be in favor of a National Sales Tax.  If you hear people argue that the tax is REGRESSIVE, tell them this can be remedied.  I would argue that the politicians determine a Basic Living Cost.  For this example, I will say $30,000/person/year.  I have picked this number, not because it should be the number, but because it makes the math easy.  I will also say that the National Sales Tax rate be set at 20% (for the same reasons).  If these are the numbers, I say that the Government should then send every person, with a social security number (or a NEW tax number), a check, every month, for $500 ($30,000 x 20% /12 months).  This should cover the taxes for basic living expenses for everyone.  This check should be sent to everyone, and if you are a dependent, then 1/2 your check goes to your caretaker and the other 1/2 gets put into an account for you when you turn 18.  This account could be used for three things only, education, house purchase, or retirement account.  If the minor passes away then this account reverts to the government.  Because it would be beneficial to everyone to make sure the government has your information, this would help solve many other issues (census, voting registration, place of residence, etc.)  I would also make penalties severe.  For instance, if it is proved that you knowingly accepted someone else’s funds, your payments would be permanently suspended.  If you are incarcerated for any crimes, your payments would be suspended for your incarceration.  I am sure that there are other examples.

Let me, and your representatives, know what you think.

Here is a list of resources used for research on this post:

Rahm Emmanuel

From the Illinois Review

http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2009/02/questions-remain-about-rahm-emanuels-taxes.html

Timothy Geithner

From the Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/18/AR2009011802070.html

Charles Rangel

From US News and World Report

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/sam-dealey/2008/09/15/sorry-charlie–rangel-makes-more-excuses-for-his-failure-to-pay-taxes.html

and New York Dailey News

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2008/09/10/2008-09-10_rep_charles_rangel_admits_he_messed_up_t-1.html

Tom Daschle

From ABC News

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/President44/story?id=6786608

Nancy Killefer

From CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/03/performance.nominee.withdraws/

 

 

Al Franken

From News Max

http://www.newsmax.com/kessler/al_franken_taxes/2009/02/06/179148.html

And CBS News

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/04/30/politics/politico/thecrypt/main4057466.shtml

Sarah Palin

From the Anchorage DAiley News

http://www.adn.com/palin/story/693695.html

Ron Kirk

From Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/03/02/trade-nominee-ron-kirk-pay-taxes/

And CBS News

http://cbs11tv.com/local/Ron.Kirk.US.2.948418.html

A possible 52,000 “rich Americans”

Frome the Financial Times

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/cfb845ba-feee-11dd-b19a-000077b07658.html

And from Forbes

http://www.forbes.com/2009/02/19/ubs-fraud-offshore-personal_finance-taxes_ubs.html

And from the Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123506522244024485.html?mod=rss_whats_news_us