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A new kind of politics: Obama Appoints Another Tax Cheat

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  1. basso

    basso Contributing Member
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    privileges for me, but not for thee.

    [rquoter]Pick for Protocol Post Corrects Failure to File Taxes in 2 Years

    By ALISON LEIGH COWAN
    President Obama’s choice as chief of protocol for the State Department, a position that carries the status of an ambassadorship, did not file tax returns for 2005 and 2006, errors she corrected last November.

    The nominee, Capricia Penavic Marshall, has placed blame for the problem on the Postal Service and on miscommunication between her husband and their accountant.

    Ms. Marshall, who was the social secretary in the Clinton White House, notified the Obama administration about the late filings before she was nominated on May 14. She has since provided written answers to questions about the matter from Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, which will hold a hearing on the appointment next Wednesday. The post requires Senate confirmation.

    Tax issues have bedeviled several high-level Obama appointees and cost the administration at least two of its picks.

    Ms. Marshall may fare better because, after ultimately filing the 2005 and 2006 federal and local paperwork, she was entitled to $37,259 in refunds, according to data she provided to Mr. Lugar.

    The nominee and her husband, Dr. Robert Marshall, a Washington cardiologist, did not return calls seeking comment, nor did a White House spokesman.

    Besides the president’s support, Ms. Marshall appears to enjoy the strong endorsement of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, having worked on their campaigns.

    An aide to Mrs. Clinton, Philippe Reines, said, “In the end, only two American taxpayers were adversely impacted by this inadvertent lapse.”

    In her written answers and in accounts she gave to government officials, Ms. Marshall has said the errors were unintentional. She has said that her husband failed to recognize that the couple’s accountant had included the tax returns for 2005 in a binder he provided with copies of the returns, and that the actual paperwork was never mailed.

    The couple learned something was awry, Ms. Marshall has said, when the Internal Revenue Service notified them last fall that their 2006 return had never arrived. She wrote that an agent “advised us that there were a large number of tax returns misplaced by the D.C. post office for the 2006 tax year.”

    That call led the couple to the discovery that the authorities had no record of their returns for 2005 and 2006. No late fees or penalties were assessed when they later submitted the returns.

    The protocol chief customarily helps plan events for visiting leaders and helps oversee protocol matters for the president and vice president abroad.[/rquoter]
     
  2. Rocketman95

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    yeah, she cheated herself out of the money.

    hey basso, we get it. you don't like obama.
     
  3. SamFisher

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    This thread sucks for reasons that were selectively not bolded - can anybody not find them? Eh forget it.

    My friend just got a cat. Should I get her a present? What is the one thing that cats want to has most in the world? Anybody have a graphic of some sort.
     
  4. Major

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    I don't think basso actually reads the articles he posts.
     
  5. basso

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    whether one is entitled to a refund doesn't relieve on of the obligation to file.
     
  6. SamFisher

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    Posting an irrelevant response to an argument not being propounded does not relieve you of the obligation to post pictures of kittehs and what they wants to haz.
     
  7. Major

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    And yet, it doesn't fit any definition of being a "tax cheat".
     
  8. GladiatoRowdy

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    Wow. You better be happy that Clutch doesn't allow negative rep.
     
  9. El_Conquistador

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    Does the Obama Administration not do any homework on their appointees? You'd think by now they'd be aware of the problem... guess not.

    I really think they have no idea what they are doing.
     
  10. pgabriel

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    this is great news
     
  11. GladiatoRowdy

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    Their vetting process apparently has to do with the person's ability to do the job rather than their history of contributions to a political party.

    Sincerely,

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  12. El_Conquistador

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    You should end all of your posts with, "But then again, I really have no idea what I'm talking about and no support for my opinions."
     
  13. GladiatoRowdy

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    Once again, I will offer up my challenge and will be happy to use that line exactly as the sig bet we could use for the spoils.

    Now, put up or shut up.
     
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    "Brownie, you're doin a heckuva job!"
     
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    ^ these stills from the new Star Wars pre-sequel project offer some UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS thereto.

    Keep 'em coming.
     
  17. juicystream

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    That would make sense, because the IRS does not charge penalties or interest on refunds.

    If the IRS calculates that you would get a refund based on the information they receive, i.e. W-2s & 1099s, and you typically don't owe, the IRS usually doesn't even bother to send you notices requesting you file.
     
  18. Major

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    Looks like T_J doesn't actually read the articles either...
     
  19. rocketsjudoka

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    Has anyone considered that thre reason so many appointees are running into trouble is that Obama has instituted the strictest vetting standard of any president
     
  20. basso

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    what good are standards if he continues to nominate folks who fail them?
     

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