Raise your hand ....

if you knew you had to pay taxes on a limo and chauffeur provided for you by someone else.

Yeah, me neither.

OK, so this is not an issue in my life, but for some people it is - people like Tom Daschle. Not paying taxes on a car and driver (paid for by someone other than himself .. reportedly a 'lobbyist') is a big part of what got him in trouble and caused him to withdraw his name as an Obama nominee.

Frankly, I couldn't care less whom Obama appoints to any given position. And I couldn't care less about Tom Daschle. And I really couldn't care less about paying taxes on limos (or not) - though the logic of the need to do so escapes me ... I guess it must be considered a taxable gift(?). And I can think of a few billion people who'd be very glad to have such a problem be the bane of their existence (me included).

But come on .... it's not like these guys are Al Capone (or even Red Foxx). I know they're on the hook - that once you sign a form it becomes your responsibility, no matter who prepared it for you. But the tax code is hard - that's why people have accountants(!) - these seem more like MISTAKES than evasion. What the banks are doing with the bailout $$$ is a lot more worrisome to me than who screwed up their tax returns.

Personally, I would have rather seen the bad accountants get 'outed' (for the good of the other unsuspecting limo-riders in DC) than to see aspersions cast on the nominees .... but ... no one listens to me :(

2 comments:

K said...

Slightly off topic, but it's also a felony in this country to film a crow for commercial purposes. That's right, if you film a crow, and then profit from the footage, you can receive a severe fine and even possibly do time in jail. We have some strange laws, don't we?

LuluBunny said...

Seriously? A felony? Wow -strange laws indeed! ;)

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