More “O” Debtors: HHS Nominee Sebelius $7,000 In Back Taxes

March 31st, 2009 Posted By Pat Dollard.

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Sebelius paid over $7,000 in back taxes


Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius has paid back taxes and interest of more than $7,800 stemming from “unintentional errors” revealed during her accountant’s review of recent tax returns.

The White House on Tuesday released a letter Sebelius sent to the Senate Finance Committee, detailing how she lacked proper paperwork in accounting for some charitable donations and business expenses. The Kansas governor also mistakenly claimed a mortgage interest deduction on a house she had already sold.

Sebelius was nominated for health secretary after President Barack Obama’s first choice, former Sen. Tom Daschle, dropped out after failing to pay more than $100,000 in income taxes on free limo rides provided by a friend and Democratic donor.

But the committee’s reaction to Sebelius’ tax issue was much different that the reaction to Daschle. In attempt to show he didn’t consider her nomination in jeopardy, Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) quickly issued a statement calling for quick action on Sebelius’ bid to serve as health secretary.

“Congress is going to need a strong partner at the Department of Health and Human Services to achieve comprehensive health reform this year, and we have that partner in Governor Sebelius,” said Baucus. “There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Governor Sebelius has the political experience, determination, and bipartisan work ethic to get the job done with Congress this year. She’s the right person for the job and I look forward to hearing from her at the Finance Committee’s hearing on Thursday.”

The details about Sebelius’ back taxes emerged several hours after she testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which hears testimony from the HHS nominee as a courtesy but does not vote on whether to send the nomination to the Senate. That power rests with the Finance Committee, which conducts a thorough review of the nominees’ records.

In her letter to the Finance Committee, Sebelius said she and her husband hired a certified public accountant to review their tax returns for 2005, 2006 and 2007.

“That evaluation revealed unintentional errors, which we immediately corrected by filing amended returns,” Sebelius wrote.

She paid $7,040 in additional taxes and $878 in interest, Sebelius said.

Regarding charitable contributions of more than $250, she said she could not locate acknowledgment letters from the organizations on three out of 49 donations made in those three years. Sebelius eliminated the deductions, she said.

Sebelius said she sold her home in Topeka, Kan., for an amount less than the outstanding balance on the mortgage. She continued paying off the loan and the interest for which they continued to claim a deduction.

“Another loan for home improvements was treated similarly,” she wrote. “These errors were corrected in our amended returns.”

With the business expenses, Sebelius said she discovered “insufficient documentation required to claim some of our tax deductions for business expenses.”

Baucus and Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Finance Committee, appeared to otherwise give her a clean bill of health. In a letter to Sebelius, the senators said “no additional items were identified that needed to be addressed as a result of our review.”

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    12 Responses to “More “O” Debtors: HHS Nominee Sebelius $7,000 In Back Taxes”

    1. Paslode

      Bye-Bye Kitty Kat……We are pleased this SKANK and Obama Sword Swallower has left the Land of Oz.

    2. Sully

      The same skank that defended the ‘late term abortions for $5K’ serial baby killer Tiller.
      Now she’ll be marketing abortion from DC.

      Typical Washington bullshit.
      Be a fuckup - get a gubmint job.

    3. Ivan the Kafir

      Can someone explain to me how all of these tax “issues” were “unintentional”? To quote Hillary Clinton, this requires the “willing suspension of disbelief.”

      • TerryTate

        With all of the difficulty that these Dems seem to have filing their taxes you’d think they would want to get rid of the bloated and confusing tax system for something a bit simpler, like oh I don’t know, maybe the flat tax…..

    4. Very great abt Kathleen Sebelius. she is informing the accounts of the taxes paid.

    5. Nanny

      Didn’t Joe Biden say it was patriotic to pay your taxes? I guess these liberals are above everyone else when it comes to paying what is owed. Not very patriotic if you are trying to stiff your own government.

    6. American Woman

      Liberals have the mind set of “do what I say not as I do”

      My theory of all this is Obongo has tapped these people because they were expected to be tapped for these spots by the Dems but since Obongo wants his own radical appointments he exposes their tax past in order to say he tryed. I think this is all intentional.
      He doesnt want just democRATS in his admin but Anarchist democRATS/Marxist radicals
      Like Harold Koh fro attorney State Dept. and the muslims he is appointing, holder
      I dont think he wants the ‘evil’ white people in his admin, so he is trashing their credibility and if anyone critisizes his radical appointments they can say we are racist.


      Another turn-coat R stands up for the commies, “tax errors shouldn’t bar HHS nominee” -Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa

      • American Woman

        Huckabee has as well :twisted:

        I have lost what little respect I had for him. After he and McLame squeezed Romney out of the primarys in WV I saw his true colors.
        He also after speaking at CPAC went on Geralso and made fun of the hard core conservatives who attended?

    8. GRIZZ

      We are just a fucking joke to these people.Grassasshat should take his own advice.

    9. maggiew

      Over at TigerHawk another item was pointed out about
      her mortgage:

      How on earth did she manage to sell a house for less than its mortgage in July of 2006? That takes real genius or crazy leverage. Let us all hope that nobody listens to Governor Sebelius’ opinions on the financial crisis.”

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