HHS Nominee Sebelius Pays $7K in Back Taxes

She's latest Cabinet pick with IRS trouble
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 31, 2009 5:54 PM CDT
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – See if this sounds familiar: Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius has corrected three years worth of tax returns after finding "unintentional errors." In a letter to senators, Sebelius said the changes involved charitable contributions, the sale of a home, and business expenses. She and her husband paid a total of $7,040 in back taxes and $878 in interest from 2005-2007.

Several Obama administration nominees have been derailed by tax issues, notably the president's first nominee for HHS secretary, Tom Daschle. Sebelius is to appear Thursday before the Senate's Financial Committee, which will vote on sending her nomination to the full Senate. Committee chief Max Baucus issued a late statement of support for Sebelius today. "She's the right person for the job," he said.