This news is more infuriating than the AIG retention bonuses. According to Congressman John Lewis (D-Georgia), at least thirteen of the companies who have accepted bailout funds from the American Taxpayers OWE TAXES to the government.
Sources day that at least two of them owe over $100 Million Dollars!!! What makes things even worse is the fact that when they accepted the federal cash they had to promise that they were current in their tax payments. Who knows, maybe they borrowed Timothy Geithner’s copy of Turbo Tax:
13 firms receiving federal bailout owe back taxes
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
WASHINGTON – At least 13 firms receiving billions of dollars in bailout money owe a total of more than $220 million in unpaid federal taxes, a key lawmaker said Thursday.
Rep. John Lewis, chairman of a House subcommittee overseeing the federal bailout, said two firms owe more than $100 million apiece.
“This is shameful. It is a disgrace,” said Lewis, D-Ga. “We are going to get to the bottom of what is going on here.”
The House Ways and Means subcommittee on oversight discovered the delinquent taxes in a review of tax records from 23 of the firms receiving the most money, Lewis said as he opened a hearing on the issue.
“If we looked at all 470 recipients, how much would they owe?” Lewis asked.
He did not name the firms owing back taxes.
Banks and other firms receiving federal money were required to sign contracts stating they had no unpaid taxes, Lewis said. But he said the Treasury Department did not ask them to turn over their tax records.
The revelation is sure to spark outrage on Capitol Hill, where the House is expected to vote Thursday on a bill that would impose steep taxes on employee bonuses at firms that have received bailout money.
To date, the Troubled Asset Relief Program has paid out more than $300 billion to private companies, with billions more on the way.