Monday, February 07, 2011

Al Sharpton, tax scofflaw

Remember when Al Sharpton ran for president? I know, it seems like a fantasy, but he did and got to participate in the debates and pretend he was the leader of the nation's African Americans. Mostly what he is is a major fraud who has made a very nice living doing whatever it is that he does. What he doesn't do is pay taxes on those earnings.
Sharpton owes $359,973 to the IRS for 2009 personal income tax, according to documents on file with the city.

Public records show he owes a total of $3.7 million in city, state and federal taxes, including penalties, dating to 2002. But Sharpton's spokeswoman, Rachel Noerdlinger, said that he had paid back "well over seven figures" as part of agreements with the state and IRS and that the liens remained on the books as "a matter of bureaucracy."

Sharpton made $250,000 as head of the nonprofit National Action Network in 2009, a year that ended with the group owing $1.1 million in taxes and having just $36,397 cash on hand.

The organization also pays for first-class or charter travel for Sharpton and other NAN staff, according to its 2009 tax return. Noerdlinger declined to say for whom.
Yeah, I hate it too when a "matter of bureaucracy" prevents me from paying the money I owe the government. But I'm sure that Sharpton would be the first in line calling for more federal spending to be paid by taxpayers other than himself.