The Week (US)
Trump appointees get tax bill
Some of former President Donald Trump’s political appointees have been “ordered to repay months of payroll taxes,” said Brian Faler and Daniel Lippman in Politico.com, levies that Trump “had assured them would later be forgiven.” Last fall, Trump issued an executive order “allowing employers to put off paying their workers’ share of the 12.4 percent Social Security tax.” Most private-sector employers rejected the initiative, but it was mandatory for federal employees making less than $4,000 per biweekly paycheck. Ultimately, those taxes were not forgiven. Most federal workers have a year to repay, but those who have left the government—including political appointees— are stuck with bills that have to be paid now.