Friday, September 19, 2008

Caught Not Paying His Taxes, Top Tax Legislator Writes A Check

File under: Balls, Hypocrisy.

Rep. Charles Rangel(D-NY) wrote six checks for about $10,800 in back taxes, and then penned an open letter to New Yorkers Friday, saying he has done nothing dishonorable, AP reports.

The federal government tab ended up being $4,803, according to Rangel's accountants, while he wrote checks totaling $6,022 to New York State. The state figure includes a small percentage owed to the New York City authorities.

Penalties and interest were not included in those payments, said his chief of staff, George Dalley.

"If the IRS chooses to impose them, of course he'll readily pay them," said Dalley.

Rangel is chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.

-Robert Wenzel

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