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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:44 PM
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Obama to Contractors: No Work for Contractors who Don't Pay Taxes
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/memorandum-h...

This one quietly slipped by any coverage by the MSM...

Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

The Federal Government pays more than half a trillion dollars a year to contractors and has an important obligation to protect American taxpayer money and the integrity of the Federal acquisition process. Yet reports by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) state that Federal contracts are awarded to tens of thousands of companies with serious tax delinquencies. The total amount in unpaid taxes owed by these contracting companies is estimated to be more than $5 billion.

Too often, Federal contracting officials do not have the most basic information they need to make informed judgments about whether a company trying to win a Federal contract is delinquent in paying its taxes. We need to give our contracting officials the tools they need to protect taxpayer dollars.

Accordingly, I hereby direct the Commissioner of Internal Revenue (Commissioner) to conduct a review of certifications of non-delinquency in taxes that companies bidding for Federal contracts are required to submit pursuant to a 2008 amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulation. I further direct that the Commissioner report to me within 90 days on the overall accuracy of contractors' certifications.

I also direct the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, working with the Secretary of the Treasury and other agency heads, to evaluate practices of contracting officers and debarring officials in response to contractors' certifications of serious tax delinquencies and to provide me, within 90 days, recommendations on process improvements to ensure these contractors are not awarded new contracts, including a plan to make contractor certifications available in a Government-wide database, as is already being done with other information on contractors.

Executive departments and agencies shall carry out the provisions of this memorandum to the extent permitted by law. This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

The Director of the Office of Management and Budget is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:53 PM
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1. this should extend to those registered offshore for tax-dodging purposes, also...
which excludes all the big contractors.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:55 PM
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3. GMTA, elhhhhna
But you type faster! :D
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:54 PM
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2. That should also apply to US companies who move their HQ offshore to avoid taxes.
Pay the equivalent amount of your tax liability as a fee to bid on government contracts, or move back to the US and just pay your goddamn taxes.
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Tansy_Gold Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:01 PM
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5. I'll drink to that! n/t
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Lindsay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:59 PM
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4. A baby step.
But at least it's in the correct direction.
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notesdev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:06 PM
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6. Howabout Treasury Secretaries?
and other Presidential nominees? Didn't Obama nominate something like a half-dozen people with tax problems?

And does this apply to legislators too? We still have Rangel chairing the committee that writes our tax laws while he's got a HUGE tax problem (and apparent intentional evasion to boot).

I don't mind the initiative at all but he shouldn't be a hypocrite about it.
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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:02 PM
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9. You might just get your wish (see here: link)
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Frustratedlady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:06 PM
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7. Have they collected those taxes due from hidden accounts in Swiss banks?
As I recall, they were in the process of fining them and collecting back taxes.
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:07 PM
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8. Somewhere, I hope Bunnatine Greenhouse is smiling. Change we can believe in...
:fistbump:

Hekate

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