In an administration filled with billionaires, at least three of Trump’s political appointees are drawing taxpayer-funded paychecks while owing the IRS tens of thousands of dollars, according to the Center for Public Integrity.
Marcus Owens, former director of the IRS’ exempt organizations division, said,
The Trump administration is proving to be no different than any of the others. For senior executives, particularly, there should be some requirement that they should stay current on their taxes.
A White House spokeswoman declined to answer questions about the White House’s policies on employing people who owe the IRS money, or whether Trump himself would like his appointees to retire their IRS debts, according to TIME.
Three appointees owe up to $50,000 in back taxes:
Justin Clark, a prominent Trump White House aide who serves as the White House’s liaison to state, local, and tribal governments;
Department of Agriculture Special Assistant Joe Alexander; and
White House Liaison for the Corporation for National and Community Service Deborah Cox-Roush.
Alexander and Cox-Roush are on payment plans to discharge their debt, but Clark is not.
It should be noted that the issue of important federal government officials owing the IRS money isn’t new. The problem dogged the Obama administration as well.
Trump himself reported no IRS debt on a personal financial disclosure form he filed in June, though he has at least $315 million in personal debt, largely stemming from business ventures and owed to a variety of foreign and domestic creditors.