Friday, March 5, 2010

Great quotes

“In 80 percent of cases there is a dispute. The people are arguing with the IRS about business expenses, non-business expenses, deductions, tax credits and exemptions. And in a lot of these cases, the IRS turns out to be wrong. I’m not sure how many of those cases apply to Senate and House staffers, but just because you’re fighting with the IRS doesn’t mean you’re wrong.”

-Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA)

“There was a bipartisan effort and compromise reached with Chairman Towns to create consequences for both Federal contractors and Federal employees who are seriously delinquent in paying their taxes to the IRS. I am thoroughly disappointed that Democrats rejected the chairman’s compromise and stubbornly refused to work with him on an effort to hold Federal employees to the same standard as the private sector. There needs to be consequences for both contractors and federal employees who fail to pay their taxes.”
- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)

The subject in question, legislation that would require that federal employees who default on their taxes lose their jobs. Apparently "... in 2008 alone, 447 House employees and 231 Senate workers didn’t pay their taxes,... Federal employees in the U.S. House of Representatives owed more than $5.8 million in unpaid taxes in 2008. The Senate employees owe more than $2.46 million, according to figures..."

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