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Nikki Haley’s Accountancy Appointee Has History Of Tax Problems

Almost without exception, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley‘s appointments to important positions within state government have been disastrous.  Hell, she’s had to get rid of nearly one-third of her cabinet – Lillian Koller at the S.C. Department of Social Services, Abraham Turner at the S.C. Department of Workforce, Jim Etter at the S.C. Department of Revenue…

Almost without exception, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley‘s appointments to important positions within state government have been disastrous.  Hell, she’s had to get rid of nearly one-third of her cabinet – Lillian Koller at the S.C. Department of Social Services, Abraham Turner at the S.C. Department of Workforce, Jim Etter at the S.C. Department of Revenue and Robert St. Onge of the S.C. Department of Transportation.

Another Haley appointee – Caroline Rhodes at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) – was forced out after she lied in an effort to help cover up Haley’s infamous betrayal of South Carolina’s ports.  And other Haley appointees have also been tremendous disappointments … like her status quo picks for the S.C. Retirement System Investment Commission (Ed Giobbe) or the State Ethics Commission (James Burns).

Seriously … has Haley appointed anybody worth a damn?

Not really …

Anyway … Haley recently appointed Gale K. Bell of Irmo, S.C. to the state’s Board of Accountancy, which exists to “examine applicants and issue certificates to certified public accountants, licensed public accountants and examine the accounting practitioners.”

Naturally, Haley’s staff would have vetted Bell to make sure the woman overseeing the accounting industry had a blemish-free past – especially as it related to tax issues.  Right?

Ummmm …

GALE BELL TAX LIENS (.pdf)

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33 comments

Funny July 24, 2014 at 10:54 am

Withholding tax is no joke, the tax bureaucrats drop the hammer on that shit…fines, penalties, all sorts of shit.

Does anyone know if it was on her own salary or did she have employees that she wasn’t making payment for?

I wonder if she cleared them up or if they are still outstanding…

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big doc July 28, 2014 at 9:06 am

Let’s no forget the idiot she now has running the DMV. since she hired him he has replace all staff position with his military buddies ignoring all the well deserving member of DMV who have dedicated their lives to the department. Rumor has it he’s dumb as box of rocks.

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Thomas July 24, 2014 at 11:12 am

I thought adding Mike Haley’s brains to the team after his deployment would juice her administration. This author was slow on being right. One and done.

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$andi morales July 24, 2014 at 11:31 am

I’m so hurt and ashamed by my Queen Nikki.
She is just getting caught in every lie and dirty deal imaginable.
We thought we had all covered up and could continue the misdirection with our spin and propaganda.
nikki, if you are going to continue getting caught in your screw ups , you’re going to have to raise my pay and give me more time to keep defending you!
Sandi

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Deo Vindice SC July 24, 2014 at 2:40 pm

poor baby, it’s a republican thing, you’re not at fault.

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Deo Vindice SC July 24, 2014 at 2:51 pm

let us help her poor soul, and re-elect her !

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whoosiewhatshisname July 24, 2014 at 12:37 pm

The SC Dept of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Director was a great hire!

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Guest July 24, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Uhhhh, isn’t Gale Bell a man? The joint tax returns are/were in the name of Gale and Alison Bell – or did SC legalize same sex marriage in 1993 and we just didn’t hear about it?

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shifty henry July 24, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Gale is a guy, and has been called a ‘go to guy’ in the past but I don’t know what that means….

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Bob July 24, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Fuck you Buz. You used this same avatar on TSN.

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shifty henry July 24, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Whaaaa?? — someone is using my avatar? Shame them to Hell..!!

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G.O.B. July 24, 2014 at 2:34 pm

The AICPA and the SCACPA are very very proactive in promoting professional ethics in the industry. Both organizations have a “Code of Conduct” that each member must follow which includes filing and paying your taxes in a timely manner. Members can lose their CPA license and or be subject to severe fines if they are found to have violated the Code of Conduct.

But after further review, Gale Bell of Irmo, SC is not a CPA. He is a Accounting Practictioner which is not nearly the same. I guess he doesn’t have to abide by the Code of Conduct.
In summary, Nikki has appointed a dead beat, non-CPA to the Accountancy Board!

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Inquiring CPA July 24, 2014 at 2:46 pm

As a member of the Accountancy Board, I wonder how Mr. Gale is going to be able to objectively hear and decide on suspensions and penalties for CPA licensees that are in violation due to failure to pay taxes?

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shifty henry July 24, 2014 at 3:21 pm

There ya’ go..!!

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Plain As Day July 24, 2014 at 2:52 pm

.08501-7—Failure to File Tax Return or Pay Tax Liability. A member who fails to comply with applicable federal, state, or local laws or regulations regarding the timely filing of his or her personal tax returns or tax returns of the member’s firm, or the timely remittance of all payroll and other taxes collected on behalf of others, may be considered to have committed an act discreditable to the profession in violation of rule 501 [ET section 501.01].

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nitrat July 24, 2014 at 2:58 pm

So, are there no qualifications for getting appointed to the Accountancy Board?

But, this is really old stuff. The most recent I saw was 2002.

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G.O.B July 24, 2014 at 3:03 pm

He’s had a SC Accounting Practitioners license since 1985.

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edr July 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm

The liens are still in effect until paid off !!

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nitrat July 25, 2014 at 10:29 am

How do we know if they have been paid off?
Would it be noted somewhere on the forms that were linked to?
Is there another place to link to that would show they have been paid off?
Or, would they just not be accessible anymore?

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edr July 25, 2014 at 1:41 pm

a tax lien satisfaction is filed at court house by the IRS or SC Dept of Revenue

G.O.B July 24, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Those are tax liens from Federal 941’s. Employee Federal income tax withholdings. Meaning he took withholding taxes from employees and failed to remit them to the govt.
Wasn’t even his money.

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shifty henry July 24, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Bell could have had a setup where he prepared payrolls for his clients, prepared the payroll returns, and had his clients pay the amounts to him under an agreement where he would submit the funds to the IRS and SC. This has been done in the past by other accountants. Those payroll tax liabilities could have been for his clients.

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G.O.B. July 24, 2014 at 3:22 pm

ok. just substitute ‘clients’ for ’employees’ in my previous post. Still wasn’t his money.

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Coalminer July 24, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Fits,
I am sending you a generic saline enema.Instructions for use are on the package. I hope it helps you.

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Inciteful July 24, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Hey if Lee (notso) Bright is qualified to run for the US Senate with $1.3+M in tax and business debt, what’s the big deal about an appointee to the accountancy board being a bit behind in paying taxes? Wonder if T-Roid paid taxes on his drug dealings? No big deal, Willi.

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Debit Guy July 24, 2014 at 6:15 pm

CPA’s look out for their interest…they have shaped the laws and regs to favor them in every instance. They get away with larceny everyday. Screw them all.

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Tired and Retired July 24, 2014 at 10:10 pm

The Governor’s latest appointment, Mike Campbell to serve as a workers’ compensation commissioner, may be the most puzzling yet. Workers’ Compensation is a specialized area of employment law in which the appointed commissioners conduct hearings, review medical evidence, and determine the extent of injured workers’ entitlements to workers’ compensation and medical benefits. In effect, a workers’ compensation commissioner is an administrative law judge who specializes in cases arising under the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. A legal background is helpful. A medical background is helpful. Real world experience with medical and disability claims would be helpful. Does Mike Campbell have any background in any of these areas? His Facebook page list his occupation quite forthrightly as a “politician”. He has served on several committees to which he has been appointed, but none seem to have a direct connection to workers’ compensation. Can his appointment be justified on any grounds except “pure politics”? The job is a plum: $116,000 a year, generous per diems for out of town travel, a state car, state medical benefits, and state retirement benefits. It pays much better than the position of Lieutenant Governor.

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Tired and Retired July 24, 2014 at 10:15 pm

And by the way, according to articles in the Post and Courier after Mike Campbell’s first campaign for Lieutenant Governor, he had incurred over $300,000 in ethics fines for not reporting campaign contributions. Does anyone know what happened to those fines?

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Tired and Retired July 24, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Make that read $380,000 for failing to file campaign finance reports. Here is a link to one of those articles: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20110714/PC1603/307149896?ref=email

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nitrat July 25, 2014 at 10:25 am

Maybe, like most, he negotiated it down to the initial fine.
Personally, it strikes me that anyone who ignores a letter from the SCSEC about a possible violation has a very guilty conscience. The fact that he let his get to $380,000 is just dumb.
Do Trikki Nikki Haley and her carpetbagger staff just not vet any of their appointees?

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Tired and Retired July 24, 2014 at 10:15 pm

And by the way, according to articles in the Post and Courier after Mike Campbell’s first campaign for Lieutenant Governor, he had incurred over $300,000 in ethics fines for not reporting campaign contributions. Does anyone know what happened to those fines?

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Campbell Soup Co. July 25, 2014 at 6:30 am

Commissioner should atty’s – Mike isn’t even a collage grad – no offense to the non-c-grads, but dealing with trial objections and complex legal argument and procedure is something you’d have to score very, very high on the GED to deal with well. The only thing it showed was Haley’s lack of care or hostility towards the WC system – both employers and injured workers…

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james baddison July 26, 2014 at 12:14 pm

To be fair, Jim Etter was well liked. He was the scapegoat for years of incompetence by the previous technology staff.

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