Congressional Tax Writers Use Accountants to Prepare Their Taxes

What wimps. They don’t even have the nerve to attempt to fill out and file their own taxes.

When it comes to their own tax returns, many members of Congress who specialize in writing tax laws turn to professional preparers rather than completing the paperwork themselves.

“It’s onerous and everybody knows it,” said Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass.

Three of the four top lawmakers on the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees, which are in charge of writing tax laws, pay a professional to file their annual tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service.

The exception is the Ways and Means chairman, Rep. Bill Thomas, R- Calif. The former college professor said he has prepared his own return “forever” and that he waits until close to the deadline to file. Monday is the filing deadline for most people.

“There’s no reason for me to pay Uncle Sam _ pay, you heard that _ until I have to,” he said.

How about one of the tax writers who could become chairman after Thomas retires at year’s end?

“Absolutely not,” said Rep. Jim McCrery, R-La. “I’m not an accountant. I’m a lawyer.”

What a lousy excuse. My husband’s a lawyer, but he does our taxes.

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