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December 6, 2012 8:51 AM
'Fair share' of marlarkey in White House tax push
Posted by Laura
The president has pressed his case for higher taxes by arguing that the rich should pay their "fair share." But what is fair? Was it "fair" that Mr. Obama's own Treasury Secretary failed to pay his own Social Security and Medicare taxes between 2001-2004, even when he was advised by his employer (the IMF) to do so? And let's not forget that Al Sharpton, despite having his own checkered past on tax issues, was invited to the White House this week as the president launched a PR campaign to force the GOP to cave on tax hikes. The New York Post reminds us, the good reverend had his own (not insignificant) problems paying his "fair share" of taxes:

"Do you think Al Sharpton appreciates the irony of his being invited to the White House Tuesday to talk taxes with President Obama? That is, to talk about Obama’s plan to ram through steep tax hikes on the “rich” to resolve the fiscal-cliff crisis? Sharpton’s all about taxes — for others. For himself, well, maybe not so much.

As The Post’s Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein reported last year, Sharpton “owe[d] the IRS $2.6 million in income tax, and nearly $900,000 in state tax.” And his personal pride and joy National Action Network owed more than $880,000 in unpaid federal payroll taxes, interest and penalties, Vincent and Klein found.

Which makes Obama’s decision to invite Sharpton (and several other MSNBC hosts) baffling. Why ask a man with a terminal case of tax allergies to make the case for higher rates for everybody else? The Rev’s issues go back decades: In 1993, for example, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor tax crime to avoid two felony charges. In the years since, the IRS has issued a dozen liens against Sharpton’s groups, including one against him for $538,652 in 2010."

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