Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Performance Czar Killefer Withdraws Candidacy

Nanny Tax in the News Again
By Laura Meckler, Wall Street Journal


Nancy Killefer, nominated by President Barack Obama to be the federal government's first chief performance officer, is withdrawing from the post, the White House said Tuesday.

Ms. Killefer is the third Obama nominee to confront tax problems. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was confirmed despite disclosure about his failure to pay certain taxes. Tom Daschle, Obama's pick for Health and Human Services, is under scrutiny for his delinquent payment of some $140,000 in taxes and interest.

Ms. Killefer, 55 years old, failed to pay employment taxes on household help for a year and a half the Associated Press reported. In 2005, the AP said, the District of Columbia filed a $946.69 tax lien on her home for failure to pay the unemployment compensation tax. The error was resolved five months later.

An administration official confirmed that she is withdrawing over a tax problem. The official said that the matter surfacing during the vetting that took place before her nomination was announced and the Obama team decided to move forward anyway.

"But the environment changed," the official said. "On the heels of Geithner and Daschle, she just didn't want to go through with it."

What are your feelings on the topic?


Anonymous said...

My thoughts are I am sick of the people who want to run the country think they should be allowed to after breaking the law by not paying taxes. Politicians determine how much we pay in taxes but avoid paying taxes that they create? If you or your employers are paying you LEGALLY stop and start paying tonight. Parents complain that paying is difficult, but it isn't. The forms are available 24/7 online. irs.gov
Asah, Nanny, Michigan

Anonymous said...

You are right Asah, it's getting tiring already. Hypocrites. Practice what you preach...

Anonymous said...

Yes, taxes can be tricky. However, most politicians can hire someone to do their taxes for them. Let's not pretend that these are victims like ordinary people. They are not ordinary people. Maybe they should have considered that before they tried to get away with tax fraud.

Anonymous said...

The politicians caused this nanny tax problem. Then they cannot follow their own laws.