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So it seems that when Tim Geithner worked at the IMF, his FICA taxes weren’t automatically withheld in the customary way, and consequently he underpaid taxes by tens of thousands of dollars and when the error was pointed out to him he . . . paid back taxes and penalties. What’s more, Chuck Grassley is “raising questions about a housekeeper who worked briefly for Treasury Secretary-nominee Timothy Geithner without proper immigration papers.” I, for one, know that whether or not Geithner once had a housekeeper whose work visa was valid at the time of hiring but expired during the time she was employed by him ought to be the primary focus of our attention as we think about filling key economic jobs amidst a huge crisis.

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