I hate bureaucracy, yet I understand the need to maintain accurate and factual records. I earned a Master’s degree in business administration and I had to complete several courses in tax law. Still the U.S. government has made tax law so complex that I must hire a CPA/accountant to assist me with my tax return. Whatever happened to the promises made over the last 30 years to simplify the tax code? Yet, year after year, my wife and I always file our tax return in accordance with federal law. We follow the law and play by the rules.
Keeping the above in mind, you can understand my surprise when I heard an announcement on TV that the federal government has created an amnesty period for tax cheats! People who have been cheating on their taxes can simply confess and pay a small fine and be done with the matter! I suppose that a lot of members of congress and members of Mr. Obama’s cabinet will take advantage of this kind offer. In order to assist the federal government, I have designed a TV commercial featuring the Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner. The honest and law abiding citizens of the U.S. might remember that Mr. Geithner failed to pay his taxes. He earned the nickname of ” Turbo Tax Timmy ” when he attempted to explain to the U.S. Senate why he did not pay his taxes on time.
TV Commercial -” Hi. My name is Timothy Geithner and I am the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. Before President Obama appointed me to this high office, I was President of a regional bank of the federal reserve system. I kind of forgot to file my taxes for a few years. Can you imagine that an important person like me forgot to file my taxes? Well it sure took me by surprise. Fortunately President Obama ignored my failure to follow U.S. Law and appointed me to become secretary of the treasury. Even more surprising is that the U.S. Senate confirmed me to this high office.
I am here today to remind you that failure to pay your taxes can cause you serious problems if you are an average working or middle income person. If you are an average man and fail to pay your taxes, you might end up in a jail cell with a guy named “bubba.” However, if you are very rich and do not pay your taxes, I’ll see you at the country club sometime in the near future. This is your good friend ” Turbo Tax Timmy ” reminding all Americans that only the rich can cheat on their taxes. God Bless you all.”
R. Van Conoley