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Some Politicians Are Nonchalant About Tax Payments

April 12, 2000

The President and some members of Congress are voicing concern that the IRS is auditing fewer returns than in the past, that overdue taxes are increasing and that income is going unreported. Critics point out that assessment also applies to officials in Washington, D.C.

  • Last year, according to the IRS, more than 13 percent of White House staffers were behind in their tax payments -- and while those delinquencies have now been halved, $652,210 is still owed.
  • Money magazine figured that President and Mrs. Clinton owed more than $100,000 in taxes for 1977 through 1992 -- so although they denied any wrongdoing, they still wrote a check to the IRS for the amount owed.
  • Some 8.4 percent of House and 7.6 percent of Senate members and their staffs are behind in their tax payments to the tune of $10.5 million.

Source: Doug Bandow (Cato Institute), "Restraining the Tax Man... and the Code," Washington Times, April 12, 2000.


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