Scott Brown, Tax Cheat?
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Scott Brown, Tax Cheat?
By Dana Houle Sunday Jan 17, 2010 2:00pm
We already know Scott Brown’s vision of taxes and public service. Brown’s on the side of the powerful and the wealthy and the big banks,
but he doesn’t mind sticking it to the little guy, to the family
struggling to cover their mortgage and save a little for their kids’
college education, the patriot who rushes to people in need.
We already knew Scott Brown was looking out for his fact cat backers. Now, as we learn how he treats his own employees, we see that he’s really just out for himself.
Scott Brown’s campaign wants you to believe they don’t have employees.
According to his campaign finance reports, Brown pays his staff as if
they were independent contractors. He doesn’t just pay his media and
other consultants that way, he pays his lowest-level staff as if they
weren’t really his employees.
Campaigns often use the services of people who are accurately
classified as independent contractors. But it’s impossible for any
major campaign to reach the final weekend of the race and, as the Brown
campaign wants people to believe, not have employees. It may be true
that the Federal Elections Commission doesn’t designate how campaigns
designate their staffers. But the Internal Revenue Service
does have specific rules on who can and cannot be classified an
independent contractor. If a worker takes direct instructions on tasks,
has hours mandated by the employer, uses facilities and tools supplied
by the employer, or is working exclusively for that employer, they’re
not an independent contractor, they’re an employee. [Look here;(pdf)
for the kinds of questions the IRS asks to determine employee status.]
By any reasonable standard, at this late point in the campaign, when
workers are working exclusively for the campaign, are taking direct
orders from the candidate or other staff, and where they are working in
campaign headquarters, spending campaign money, using campaign
equipment, and representing themselves as Brown’s campaign staff,
they’re undoubtedly employees.
By paying his staff as contractors instead of employees, Scott Brown
avoids any responsibility to be a good employer and provide them health
insurance. That alone should be enough to disqualify him in the minds
of many voters. But by paying his staff as contractors, Brown has also
managed to avoid his responsibility to pay their payroll taxes. Brown
has pushed his tax obligation off on to his employees, which is not
only selfish, it’s also probably a violation of federal law.
It’s no surprise that Brown evaded questions about paying his staff as contractors, directing people to speak to his attorneys. And it’s no surprise his attorneys wouldn’t comment on the issue, because Scott Brown is almost certainly in violation of federal tax laws.
Scott Brown: champion of bankers and special interests, and tax cheat who pushes his obligations off on to his employees.
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