It isn’t very often that I find myself in agreement with Maureen Dowd?
How does a guy(Tim Geithner) on the fast track to be Treasury secretary fail to pay $34,000 worth of federal taxes ($43,200, including interest), or forget to check on the immigration status of a house cleaner — the same sort of upstairs-downstairs slip-up that has tripped up other top-drawer prospects on their way to top jobs here? Americans expect the man who’s in charge of the I.R.S. to pay his own taxes.
My take on what happened with Geithner based on my years of doing income tax work. He delegated the work to a professional who he assumed would do the job correctly. It didn’t happen, and Geithner can’t be absolved of all blame. He signed the tax return. Though I will admit, his tax returns are probably quite massive and it would be hard for someone to know all the details in it are correct.
Hat tip- Below the Beltway