Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Another Tax Cheat

The woman President Barack Obama chose to become the government's chief performance officer, Nancy Killefer, failed to pay employment taxes on domestic help she and her husband employed for a year and a half. Unlike Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and HHS Secretary nominee Tom Daschle, Killefer has been forced to withdraw her nomination. Killefer's unpaid tax issue as described by the AP seems like small stuff compared to Geithner's and Daschle's problems:

The AP reported that on March 7, 2005, the D.C. Department of Employment Services slapped a tax lien on her home in the tony Wesley Heights neighborhood. The local government alleged that just three years after she left the high-powered Treasury post she began to fail to pay unemployment compensation tax for a household employee. And she failed to make the required quarterly payments for a year and half, whereupon a lien for $946.69 was placed on her home.

That sum included $298 in unpaid taxes, $48.69 in interest and $600 in penalties. The lien was filed March 7, 2005, but Killefer didn't get the lien extinguished for almost five months, not until July 29.

Does Obama have a higher standard for the women who serve in his administration?

UPDATE: FOX News is quoting White House sources as saying Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination for HHS Secretary.

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