Been following the approval hearings in the US for two of Obama’s appointments, first for Timothy Geithner and now for Tom Daschle and Nancy Killefer. So I do not know these people, so I am not passing a moral judgment here and I have no idea of how easy it is to do the kind of tax mistakes that these two have done. What I do not understand though is how its possible that someone with incomes ranging in the hundreds of thousands a year, end up sitting at home doing their tax returns themselves instead of using a professional accountant? I mean it is a given that when you have that level of income there will be complex tax issues that you want to handle properly, especially if you operate in the political sphere where everything you do is heavily scrutinized. And even if they consider themselves competent enough to do these kind of tax returns, do they really have the time?
I mean if I where a politician one thing I would feel compelled to do was to make sure I had an accountant making sure my taxes was a 110% correct as no matter how innocent the mistake made would come out looking very bad as these 3 cases prove.