According to CNN former Sen. Tom Daschle, President Barack Obama’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services has some tax problems. CNN says he failed to pay taxes on a car and driver he had been loaned by a wealthy friend, and failed to disclose it on his tax return. At first it was not clear why he should have reported it on his tax return since it sounded more like a gift. However, a later report by The Wall Street Journal says that the car and driver was provided to him by InterMedia Advisors LLP, an investment firm specializing in buyouts and industry consolidation where Daschle served as chairman of the firm’s executive advisory board after he left the Senate. That should have been reported, but there might be a partial offset as an employee business expense, and the firm should have included it on his W-2, or included it on his Form 1099 if he was an independent contractor.
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