Wouldn’t be Monday without news of another Obama nominee who owes back taxes, huh?
All he has to do is say “sorry” for his little goof and he’ll be on his way to joining the White House Team of Tax Cheats.
Via the Dallas Morning News:
Add former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk to the list of Obama Cabinet picks with tax problems.
The Senate Finance Committee says he underpaid by $9,975 in the last three years.
Senate aides uncovered the shortfall during weeks of vetting, and Kirk – the administration’s designated point person on trade — has promised to pay the Internal Revenue Service in full.
The problems: Kirk deducted too much for season tickets to the Dallas Mavericks and too much for tax preparation fees, and failed to report as income speaking fees that he donated to his alma mater, Austin College.
The full political implications won’t be clear until at least next week.
Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., is standing behind Kirk, though today he postponed a long-delayed confirmation hearing until Monday, four days later than planned, citing a conflict with the White House health care summit.
“Mayor Kirk is the right person for this job and I will work to move his nomination quickly. I am confident he can successfully restore the confidence of Congress and the American people in a balanced international trade agenda,” Baucus said in a statement.
The White House shrugged off Kirk’s tax problems as a “few minor issues” and said the nomination remains on track.
“We are confident that Mayor Kirk will be confirmed,” said White House spokesman Ben LaBolt.
Screw up, move up!