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Geithner: tax cheat should be a part of every story with his name in it.

Geithner is a tax cheat, plain and simple.  Who cares how smart he is? Every reference to his name in news stories should read  ” …Geithner, the tax cheat…”

Tom Blumer has the full story:

and more:

Byron York at National Review has also been all over the reimbursement issue, and adds several important “he had to know what was going on” elements (bolds are mine):

….. IMF employees were expected to pay their taxes out of their own money. But the IMF then gave them an extra allowance, known as a “gross-up,” to cover those tax payments. This was done in the Annual Tax Allowance Request, in which the employee filled out some basic information — marital status, dependent children, etc. — and the IMF then estimated the amount of taxes the employee would owe and gave the employee a corresponding allowance.

At the end of the tax allowance form were the words, “I hereby certify that all the information contained herein is true to the best of my knowledge and belief and that I will pay the taxes for which I have received tax allowance payments from the Fund.” Geithner signed the form. He accepted the allowance payment. He didn’t pay the tax. For several years in a row.

According to an analysis released by the Senate Finance Committee, Geithner “wrote contemporaneous checks to the IRS and the State of Maryland for estimated [income] tax payments” that jibed exactly with his IMF statements. But he didn’t write checks for the self-employment tax allowance. Then, according to the committee analysis, “he filled out, signed and submitted an annual tax allowance request worksheet with the IMF that states, ‘I wish to apply for tax allowance of U.S. Federal and State income taxes and the difference between the “self-employed” and “employed” obligation of the U.S. Social Security tax which I will pay on my Fund income.”

  1. February 1, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Funny how nobody really made much of a stink about it. Gee, you don’t suppose that there might be others who do the same thing?

    And won’t folks be more inclined to cheat on their taxes when the head of the Treasury is a tax cheat himself?

    Sad thing is, maybe there really aren’t any honest people in Washington qualified for this position.

  2. Terry Lesniak
    February 3, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Dodd, Daschle, Geithner…. There must be something in the water.


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