Today it was reported that President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Daschle, as well as Obama’s nominee to be chief performance officer, Nancy Killefer, have both withdrawn their nominations due to tax avoidance issues.
Tim Geithner was confirmed earlier as Treasury Secretary in spite of similar problems.
In order to avoid future embarassment, the Obama Administration has announced the creation of the “1040 SLEE-Z” form for current and potential members of the Obama Administration.
“The intent of the new tax form,” pointed out White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, “is to alert the president to who may have a penchant for tax evasion while at the same time not causing any current or potential staff member to alter their lifestyle or to suffer embarrassment. As you know, it’s the president’s policy to ‘unclench the fist’ of tax evaders.”
Here’s the new tax form:
Once the form has been completed, Obama staffers or potential cabinet members are encouraged to use “TimboTax” to e-file their return.