Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tax Problems Surface For Trade Rep. Nominee Kirk

Photo: U.S. Trade Representative-designate Ron Kirk . (Lawrence Jackson/Associated Press)

From The Washington Post:

Former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk, who is President Obama's nominee to be the U.S. Trade Representative, failed to pay almost $10,000 in taxes during the past three years because of a series of mistakes, the Senate Finance Committee announced today.

Kirk's errors involved honoraria from speeches, on which he should have paid taxes; the cost of sports games, for which he deducted too much; and improper treatment of
accounting fees on his income taxes. Kirk has agreed to file amended returns.

The news about Kirk's mistakes comes as tax-related issues have become a topic of great sensitivity for the administration, following incidents with several high-profiled appointees whose nominations were threatened or derailed because of tax mistakes.

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My Comment: It seems that those who pay their taxes are the exception in this cabinet.

Update: Not Another One! Now Trade Rep Pick Has Tax Issues -- TPM

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