Trump Appointees Hit With Big Back Tax Bills
Last September Donald Trump signed an executive order that he touted as a tremendous tax cut for American workers. Coming just two months before the presidential election, the order gave employers the option of deferring payment of the 6.2 percent in Social Security taxes they otherwise would have to send to the U.S. Treasury.
Trump figured that the public would thank him at the polls for putting more money in their pockets. Most large employers, however, refused to go along, realizing that it was essentially a loan that would have to be paid back at the end of the fourth month deferral period. For federal employees the tax deferral was mandatory and now the Trump tax bill has come due.
Many of the twice-impeached, one-term former president’s political appointees have begun receiving letters demanding that they immediately repay months of payroll taxes. When he signed the executive order Trump promised that the amounts would be forgiven in his second term and that he would entirely eliminate payroll taxes. Obviously none of that came about. Former members of his administration are shocked and angry.
“If the indebtedness is not paid in full within 30 calendar days, we intend to forward this debt to the Department of Treasury, Treasury offset program, for further collection,” reads one letter to a former White House official, demanding she pay $1,500.
One former official called her $1,300 bill “unacceptable,” saying she and her colleagues “gave our time and effort to this agency and this is how we’re getting paid back.”
Said another, asked to pay almost $1,200: “It’s just a very unfortunate situation.”