Monday, June 22, 2009

Pick for Protocol Post Corrects Failure to File Taxes in 2 Years

Yet another Obama administration official who can't keep their tax obligations straight:
President Obama’s choice as chief of protocol for the State Department, a position that carries the status of an ambassadorship, did not file tax returns for 2005 and 2006, errors she corrected last November.

The nominee, Capricia Penavic Marshall, has placed blame for the problem on the Postal Service and on miscommunication between her husband and their accountant.

Ms. Marshall, who was the social secretary in the Clinton White House, notified the Obama administration about the late filings before she was nominated on May 14. She has since provided written answers to questions about the matter from Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, which will hold a hearing on the appointment next Wednesday. The post requires Senate confirmation.

Her tax troubles aren't that bad; she only failed to file, she didn't just flat out file a false return like the Treasury Department's chief. She was entitled to refunds, she claims, and thus no penalties or interest were due, which would be correct, but then you'll have to take her word on it. The IRS can't confirm or deny without a taxpayer's permission.

Which begs the question: if Marshall was entitled to over $37,000 in refunds, you'd think she would have noticed the returns hadn't been filed a lot earlier than she did. Huh.

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