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Rahm Emanuel has tax "problems" too?

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by ThaBigP, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. ThaBigP

    ThaBigP New Member

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  2. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

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    Another DemocRAT with tax problems?
  3. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    He "forgot" to report his free house. :lmao2:
  4. sbark

    sbark Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Saturation bombing.....by #5 ....America's attention span has been spent.

    Obama has thrown those under the bus he is going to......its up to the media to make it a scandel or "make it go away"
  5. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Is anyone really surprised by all of this? We all knew what kind of associations Obama had during the election, what makes everyone so shocked when most of his appointments are found to be dirty?

    Everyone knew this kind of thing would happen. He had and still has credibility issues. What a monstrous mistake Obama was.
  6. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    So now we know Rich people and Obama cabinet members do not pay taxes. :lmao:
  7. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    Chicago way baby! Yes we can!
  8. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Obama will make us yearn for the days of the Nixon administration.
  9. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    No shocker but let's be real. Do you think any politician pays their taxes? :laugh2:
  10. SuspectCorner

    SuspectCorner Bromo

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    Palin must pay tax on past per diem, state says

    EXPENSES: Governor received meal money while living in Wasilla.

    By LISA DEMER ~ February 17, 2009 - From Anchorage Daily News website

    Gov. Sarah Palin must pay income taxes on thousands of dollars in expense money she received while living at her Wasilla home, under a new determination by state officials.

    The governor's office wouldn't say this week how much she owes in back taxes for meal money, or whether she intends to continue to receive the per diem allowance. As of December, she was still charging the state for meals and incidentals.

    "The amount of taxes owed is a private matter," Sharon Leighow, Palin's spokeswoman, said in an e-mail. "If the governor collects future per diem, those documents would be a matter of public record."

    The revelation about Palin comes as U.S. senators, including Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, are under scrutiny over back taxes. A survey by the political newspaper and Web site Politico (www.politico.com) found that Begich was one of seven senators who acknowledged owing back taxes.

    Some other state employees also owe back income taxes for travel payments and will be getting revised tax forms, Annette Kreitzer, state administration commissioner, said in an e-mail.

    She wouldn't say which, or how many, employees will be receiving the notifications.

    The payments became a touchy issue for Palin last fall when she was running for vice president and campaigned as a budget watchdog.

    The Washington Post published a story in mid-September that said she had charged the state almost $17,000 for meals and incidentals while staying in her own home.

    The state considers Juneau, where she lives in the Governor's Mansion, to be Palin's official duty station.

    Palin billed the state for 312 nights spent in her Wasilla home during her first 19 months in office, according to the Washington Post. She received $60 a day tax free, money intended to cover meals and incidentals, while traveling on state business, her travel forms show.

    "Last fall we raised questions about longstanding practices within the Department of Administration regarding tax treatment of per diem payments," Kreitzer wrote in an exchange of e-mails over the past few days with the Daily News.

    "At the Governor's request, we reviewed the situation to determine whether we were in full compliance with the pertinent Internal Revenue Service regulations," Kreitzer wrote. "As a result of this review, we determined that per diem needs to be treated as income, requiring a revision of W-2 forms for any affected employees."

    The new determination by administration officials won't affect state lawmakers, said Pam Varni, director of the Legislative Affairs agency.

    Under IRS guidelines, legislators receive tax-free payments to help with living expenses while in Juneau for the legislative session -- if their home is at least 50 miles away, Varni said.

    The current rate, set by the U.S. Department of Defense, is $189 a day. That goes to everyone except the three Juneau-based legislators, who get smaller payments that are taxed as compensation.

    Legislators can also charge the state $150 a day for time spent on state business when the Legislature is not in session, but those payments are taxed as income, Varni said.

    Begich's situation came to light through a political survey released last week by Politico about senators and their taxes.

    Fifty-five senators, including Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, didn't answer the questions, and a few others owed money but didn't consider it "back taxes" for one reason or another.

    On his way out of a meeting with veterans on Monday, Begich answered a few questions about the back taxes he paid on a vehicle provided to him by the city when he was mayor.

    "I refused the car the first 10 or 12 months," Begich said. "I didn't want the car.

    "Then they told me I had to have it because of liability and a need and security and blah, blah, blah. So I ended up getting a used car. The first time a mayor has gotten a used car." It was a former police SUV.

    The tax obligation came to his attention in late 2007, as he remembers it, after a regular IRS audit of city issues. The city then sent him revised tax statements.

    "They gave me a letter and said you got to pay taxes on it. So they revised my W-2s." He wouldn't say how much he owed. "It's irrelevant," Begich said.

    Generally, people are supposed to pay income taxes on the value of an employer-provided vehicle that is for personal use. Police vehicles are among the exceptions -- officers can drive them home and not be taxed on the value of the commute.

    There's no specific exception in the law for mayors or governors. Palin has had a state Chevy Suburban.

    Begich said a mayor is always on the job. No other Anchorage mayor ever had to pay income taxes on a city vehicle, he said.

    "That's the point. I'm always on call. Always. ... And I think that's what the city's view was, for the city manager and me, was that we were always on call," Begich said. "But the IRS viewed it differently."

    "After that issue came up, I got rid of the car," Begich said. He was in a downtown parking lot getting into the Toyota Highlander hybrid he bought in late 2007 to replace the city rig.

    The Politico story about the survey said his situation echoed that of Tom Daschle, who had to step down as President Barack Obama's pick for health secretary after revelations about back taxes, including taxes owed for a limo and driver.

    "For Politico to say it's the same as Daschle -- that's bunk," Begich said.

  11. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Hey everyone. Lookie here. Pay no attention to all this going on with Obama and his obamaites, lookie here.


    If you really think this is the same thing as the obama tax evaders you are kooky.
  12. DIAF

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    When I worked for the US Gov't briefly, I had to pay taxes on my per diem. Why should Sarah Palin be any different? Typical a certain poster leaped to her defense, using the obama appointees as justification. Typical.
  13. Bob Sacamano

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    Republicans - 1

    Democrats - 2

    it's a game neither side wants to win
  14. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    True. But that holds true on both sides of the isle.
  15. DIAF

    DIAF DivaLover159

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    Well, it's more like

    Republicans - 1
    Democrats - 5
  16. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    I sense unhappiness from this poster. :)
  17. DIAF

    DIAF DivaLover159

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    I sense a lot more than unhappiness from that particular poster.
  18. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    Jeez, that's more than some people live on in an entire year. She must be on a gourmet diet at the tax payers expense.

    Maybe we should just put Sarah on food stamps and save the taxpayer(s) some money.
  19. ZB9

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    that's not very "patriotic" Rham

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    I guess this means that even thou she's a Republican, she would be eligable for Presidential Appointment to President Obama's Cabinet.

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