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Do You Care If Obama's Treasury Pick Didn't Pay His Taxes?

Do You Care If Obama's Treasury Pick Didn't Pay His Taxes?

Timothy Geithner, the man who wants to spend trillions of dollars in taxpayer money as the next US Treasury Secretary, forgot to pay his own taxes. No, it didn't just slip his mind one year when he was living under a rock leading up to April 15 — from 2001 to 2004 Geithner failed to pay $34,000 in taxes while working abroad for the International Monetary Fund.

Thanks to Obama's transition team's super detective work, Geithner realized his mistake and apparently paid the years-late taxes days before Obama publicly tapped him for the job. The drama doesn't stop there. The transition team also disclosed the fact that Geithner hadn't realized that in 2005 his housekeeper's legal immigration employment documentation lapsed for the last few months she worked for him. Do these spots on Geithner's record make you question Obama's choice?


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Indyprogirl Indyprogirl 8 years
After reading through all the posts all I have to say is that I agree with greenleafbella & kh61582. And also I have a headache from the bickering between lilkimbo & Jillness
kh61582 kh61582 8 years
If McCain had won the election and this had happened with him Democrats would already be calling him a powerhungry liar so yes this matters. And so do all the other "issues" Obama has had with his perspective cabinet memebers.
greenleafbella greenleafbella 8 years
Wow great change obama. The beginning of his presidency is quite the dramatic one. Can't wait to see more of your change while our national debt will sky rocket even further than it is now. And picking a great guy who either didn't pay his taxes or he paid too little, regardless. Its called a taxman and my mom and dad got one on lockdown. I'm smelling some bull down here in sd.
stephley stephley 8 years
I think Symphonee, that's why we need to hear the rest of the hearings on Geithner, to see how the tax issue fits in with everything else we see and hear from him.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I am not so much concerned about the mistake ( I got hit by the IRS in 2003 while I was in the military :[ )as I am about the delay in paying them. I want to be as fair as I can but this is something that is really disturbing that deals with character.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
skb he paid them right before he was tapped for the position. But he was informed in 2006 and up until december 08 he still hadn't paid them. I don't think it should automatically disqualify him, but it does throw up some red flags. It isn't about a simple mistake. Yes he made a mistake, but when the IRS told him he made that mistake in 1 year, didn't he think that he made that mistake the other 2 years when working for that company? Big Red Flags! :sneaky-evil:
skb9850 skb9850 8 years
Since the guy was informed that he didn't do the taxes correctly and he still hasn't paid them all, why do we want him running the treasury department?
Arthur Arthur 8 years
if the guy who is picked for treasury secretary can't keep his taxes in order, isn't that a clue that taxes are too complicated?
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 8 years
Geez, some old ladies on here really have their Depends in a bunch ;)
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
I was enjoying the LilK-Jillness exchange. Two very similar arguing styles.
stephley stephley 8 years
I'm just telling you what other, like-minded, people say is all.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Seems to me - implies I was trying to read someones mind? umm OK!!??
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
"Hain, we're often cautioned against trying to read people's minds here." what?
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Y'all are hurting my head. :fish: :fish:
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Y'all all hurting my head! :fish:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Jill, the people I am using, being tax lawyers, have a unique perspective as well...I really can't go any further than that. I still don't understand why you would assume, based on a few comments, that others don't also have a greater level of being informed than those comments would imply. And, why did you state that you were just trying to let us know that your mind wouldn't be changed; what do the perspectives of others have to do with that?
stephley stephley 8 years
Hain, we're often cautioned against trying to read people's minds here.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Anyway, as stimulating as this discussion has been, I have had enough of the bickering for today. The dead horse gets a break for now.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I think some are forgetting this tidbit- He was informed that he made and error in his takes for the year 2003. He was notified in 2006. But he didn't go out and correct the same mistake that he made for the years 2001-2002. Seems to me like he was hoping that the IRS wouldn't audit him and he would have gotten away with it for those 2 years, IMO.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Lil, the people I am using as a reference really have a unique perspective...I can't really go further than that. I mentioned other people's perspectives because very few people understand this type of specialized tax situation. And while some can act as if they know about this because they look over their taxes or they own a small the end of the day you gotta admit that doesn't really inform you about his situation. Just stating the obvious.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Also, it's interesting that you would even mention that something "shouldn't be insulting," as no one has expressed a feeling of being insulted.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Also, if you were simply letting us know not to try to change your mind, why did you have to mention the extent of everyone else's perspective?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
But, your intial comment also assumes that those who disagree with you on this thread don't also have a perspective that comes from a place that isn't common.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Not everyone has access to people who are internationally elite experts who actually deal with international taxes and US taxes for people living abroad. So, yes, I do feel I have a special resource on this. Again, that isn't an insult. It is just a recognition that my perspective comes from a place that isn't common.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Hmmm...not even sure how I feel about this. I think all politicians are corrupt to some degree so it doesn't surprise me. I think if he's dealing with the treasury though he better know something about money
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