Media release from Congressman Marlin Stutzman:
Stutzman Votes to Recoup Tax Dollars from the UN
(Washington, DC – February 9, 2011) – Today Congressman Marlin Stutzman (IN-03) voted to instruct the United Nations to return the $179 million surplus of the UN Tax Equalization Fund. TEF is a program for refunding tax dollars of United Nations employees subject to the United States tax code. The UN has recognized the overpayment and awaits direction from the U.S. Government and the Obama Administration. Currently the Secretary of State has allowed the UN to hold these taxpayer funds and even to use them for other purposes against the intent of the United Nations Tax Equalization Fund. The bill would have also forced the UN to be accountable in the future and reform the system to reduce future overpayments.
“The United Nations should not hold American Taxpayers’ money hostage in a time when we need to decrease the debt and cut spending while keeping taxes low.” Stutzman stated “We voted today for fundamental accountability and reform, this is one of many steps Congress must take to get our fiscal house in order.”
Congressman Stutzman represents the 3rd Congressional District of Indiana and serves on the House Committee on Agriculture, the House Committee on the Budget and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. Indiana’s 3rd District contains all of DeKalb, Kosciusko, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, and Whitley counties; as well as parts of Allen and Elkhart counties.