Clarence Thomas's Taxes
June 7, 2011 Just about everybody cheats slightly on their taxes. Whether it is failing to report income, fudging on the value of donations to charity, or forgetting to report outside gifts or gratuities, most people lie a bit and get away with it. But Congressmen and Federal Employees should be held to higher levels of honesty. Does that mean a Federal Judge can conveniently forget hundreds of thousands of bucks in income?
Apparently, if you a Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the answer is "Yes!". Justice Thomas's wife took over six hundred thousand bucks from a Conservative "Foundation" and neglected to report it as income. That is not exactly a "rounding off" error. This man sits on the US Supreme Court! And he did this for five consecutive years!
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas failed to report his wife's income from a conservative think tank on financial disclosure forms for at least five years, the watchdog group Common Cause said Friday. Between 2003 and 2007, Virginia Thomas, a longtime conservative activist, earned $686,589 from the Heritage Foundation, according to a Common Cause review of the foundation's IRS records. Thomas failed to note the income in his Supreme Court financial disclosure forms for those years, instead checking a box labeled "none" where "spousal noninvestment income" would be disclosed.
Folks, this is not the kind of mistake you or I would be allowed to get away with! We would have an IRS lien on our doghouse! Justice Thomas, with his education, has no real excuse for not understanding what "spousal noninvestment income" means. This is a criminal act, not a simple accounting mistake. Thomas should resign.
Federal Judges should set the standard for following the law to the letter. Thomas should resign or be impeached. This is a far more egregious tax fraud case than Spiro Agnew's. He resigned after being charges with far less fraud than Justice Thomas.