3 Political Appointees in the Trump Administration Owe the IRS

The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization, identified debts through a review of financial disclosures that 3 political appointees for President Trump’s administration owe tens of thousands in back taxes.

Justin Clark, White House Liaison to state, local and tribal governments, is one of the three that were found to owe up to $50,000 in tax debt. After further investigation, Clark is not on an IRS approved payment plan. His salary is roughly $165,000 annually, which the taxpayers are paying. The Washington Post investigation found that 41 employees in the Executive Office of the former President Obama’s administration owed federal back taxes totaling of $831,000 in 2010. By 2014, people employed under the Obama administration’s Executive Office of the President had delinquent total income tax payments worth $460,000.

President Trump did not report any IRS debt in a disclosure he made in June and refused to release his personal tax return. Former Presidents have refused to release their taxes to the public since 1960, so this comes as no surprise that President Trump has done the same. The president stated that he is subject to an ongoing IRS audit, which is not public records. In April, the country made headlines across the world with widespread protests that were provoked over some of this subject matter. “The Trump administration is proving to be no different than any of the others”, says Marcus Owens, partner of U.S. Law Firm Leob & Leob. President Trump has then proposed a 2018 budget for the IRS 9.65 billion, down from 12.1 billion in 2012. During this investigation, 400 officials in the White House were asked if they had any kind of debt and 190 admitted to owing some sort.

Joe Alexander, special assistant in the Department of Agriculture, also apparently owes up to $50,000 in back taxes. Alexander is on a payment plan and is a GS-15 employee on the federal pay scale, meaning he would expect to earn between $103,672 and $134,776 annually. Deborah Cox-Roush, White House Liaison for the Corporation of National and Community Service, also owes the IRS up to $50,000 in back taxes. However, she is on a payment plan with the IRS and stated to the investigator that she is expecting to clear her federal debts by September of 2017.

If you are experiencing federal income tax problems, good news is there may be solutions for settling your tax debt. Depending on your situation, you may be able to file an Offer in Compromise, claim that you are an Innocent Spouse or Currently Not Collectible, or obtain a Penalty Abatement or Installment Agreement. Your home, business, or paycheck may be on the line and the IRS will require many documents to prove your claim. This can be very discouraging, that is why you need to have an experienced tax attorney on your side to help you face the IRS and its Revenue Officers. For more information on what services we provide CLICK HERE or to set up a free consultation call (405) 607-1192.

Travis Watkins
Senior Tax Attorney
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