Man Owes Money for Working For the Government For No Money

Richard Ravitch was sworn in as New York's liutenant governor in 2009, to fill a vacancy and help solve the city's dire fiscal crisis. Ravitch, a wealthy businessman, was gracious enough to forgo the $151,500 annual salary.

And in an example that no good deed goes unpunished, he now owes money for working for no money:

While working on the memoir earlier this year, he received a letter from the state comptroller. It was not a thank you note for serving, much less without pay. It was a bill.

“The value of your personal use of a state provided vehicle and chauffeur services and taxable meals when traveling are fringe benefits reported as income on your Form W-2,” the letter began.

Those $9,455 in fringes were subject to $723.31 in Social Security and Medicare taxes, which the state paid on his behalf and was now seeking to collect ...

What did Ravitch do?

“I paid it,” Mr. Ravitch said Monday, adding philosophically: “There was a certain asymmetrical irony about it, but I hope it helps the budget gap.”

Sam Roberts of The New York Times' City Room blog explains: Link

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@ted, my company happens to have a very similar job opening. It's really, REALLY cheap, you will only have to pay some $700 per year. If you're a good boy I'll even throw in a few car rides and maybe a couple of meals!

Come on, let's do some business together!
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Doesn't sound like he's complaining much about it, and why should he?

If he had used his own car and chauffeur, and paid for his own meals, then it would be different.

$723 for some meals, travel, and the use of a car for a year? I'd pay that.
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