Wednesday, April 15, 2009

IRS workers want right to cheat on taxes like Obama's cabinet nominees

IRS workers are demanding the right to cheat on taxes without severe penalties like Obama's cabinet nominees. Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner, in charge of the IRS, failed to pay failed $34,000 in taxes before his nomination. Five other top Obama cabinet nominees have been caught in arrears on their taxes. However, IRS agents can be fired for simply filing a late return or failing to report a few hundred dollars of income. IRS employees are very angry at the double standard. According to the Chicago Tribune,
"Our members are upset and angry," said Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, referring to concern bubbling up within the IRS over unusually strict rules that can cost agents their jobs if they make a mistake.

"My issue is not that I want Geithner or anyone else punished," Kelley said. "I want there to be a re-examination of the law that holds IRS employees to a separate standard: one in which a simple mistake can cost them their jobs with no right of appeal."

The IRS worker's union doesn't want the Democrats they so strongly support in elections punished. When they get caught, they just want a "free pass" too.

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