Another nominee, another tax scofflaw

This time, it’s former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk, Obama’s nominee for Trade Representative.

The Senate Finance Committee on Monday revealed that President Barack Obama’s nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, Ron Kirk, had failed to pay $10,000 in taxes over the span of three years beginning in 2005. The panel report comes after several other nominees faced controversy over tax issues.

Kirk, a former Dallas mayor, failed to report as income $37,750 in honoraria collected for 16 speaking engagements at Austin College, his alma mater, for 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He also deducted NBA Mavericks tickets worth $17,382 as entertainment expenses in 2006, 2006 and 2007, but has substantiated only $9,900 of the expenses.

What is it with these people?
Why can’t Obama  find some law-abiding people to serve in his administration?
How many is this now?  I’ve lost count.  But, maybe that’s the point.  The shock value of the President hiring tax cheaters has diminished with each passing revelation.
Shame.

Another day, another obama nominee with tax problems

from Dallas Morning News

WASHINGTON – Add former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk to the list of Obama Cabinet picks with tax problems.

The Senate Finance Committee says he underpaid by $9,975 in the last three years.

Senate aides uncovered the shortfall during weeks of vetting, and Kirk – the administration’s designated point person on trade — has promised to pay the Internal Revenue Service in full.

The problems: Kirk deducted too much for season tickets to the Dallas Mavericks and too much for tax preparation fees, and failed to report as income speaking fees that he donated to his alma mater, Austin College.

The full political implications won’t be clear until at least next week.

The list of tax cheaters in obama’s administration continues to grow.

It’s getting hard hard to keep count.

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