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Councilmember Barry Continuing to Eradicate Federal Tax Liability
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Councilmember Barry Continuing to Eradicate Federal Tax Liability

 

Councilmember Marion Barry today issued the following statement regarding his federal tax assessments:

 

“Thousands of Americans have serious federal tax challenges; I, too, have them and everybody knows that. In 2006 I pled guilty to a misdemeanor for failing to file several years of taxes. With penalties and interest, this debt is many thousands of dollars. Since I did not have the ability to pay the entire amount I owed to IRS at once, I entered into an orderly process to establish a payment plan which is permitted by law. The repayment plan is on schedule and working. The only thing new is this latest lien and it too, shall be taken care of.  I have had good cooperation between my representatives and the IRS. A continuing problem, however, in resolving this matter has been poor communication between my representatives and the different IRS divisions regarding my efforts to repay the taxes that are owed; the various IRS divisions do not seem to know what the other divisions have agreed to and accepted regarding the resolution of this matter.  It does no good for the media to sensationalize this situation and beat me up as I have been using the processes established by the IRS to resolve this matter.  These various tax challenges have not interfered with me working as hard as I can and getting results for the 73,000 citizens of Ward 8 and the City in general..I will have no further comments regarding this issue.”

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