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Alaska Says Palin Owes Tax on Expense Payments


Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. (Chris Miller/Associated Press)

By Scott Butterworth
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) owes income taxes on thousands of dollars she received as expense money while living in her own home, the Anchorage Daily News reported today.

Palin received $16,951 in per diem payments, which are intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business, The Washington Post reported in September. Even though she was staying in her home in Wasilla, Alaska, she claimed the expense money because she was away from her official "duty station" in Juneau, the state capital.

"The governor is entitled to a per diem, and she claims it," gubernatorial spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said at the time.

The Post reported on the payments after Palin was named as Sen. John McCain's running mate on the Republican presidential ticket. Liberal groups challenged the payments and asked whether she owed tax obligations on them.

That answer, according to state administration commissioner Annette Kreitzer, is yes.

"At the Governor's request, we reviewed the situation to determine whether we were in full compliance with the pertinent Internal Revenue Service regulations," Kreitzer wrote in an e-mail to the Daily News. "As a result of this review, we determined that per diem needs to be treated as income, requiring a revision of W-2 forms for any affected employees."

Palin's office would not how much she owes in back taxes, or whether she intends to continue to seek the per diem allowance. As of December, she was still asking the state for the payments, the Daily News reported.

"The amount of taxes owed is a private matter," Leighow, Palin's spokeswoman, said in an e-mail to the Daily News. "If the governor collects future per diem, those documents would be a matter of public record."

Posted at 12:04 PM ET on Feb 18, 2009  | Category:  Sarah Palin
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I highly recommend that the full story & especially comments by Alaskans be read at ADN.COM.
Palin is still charging Alaskans to live in her own home and eat her own food so how is this different than any other government welfare? Palin is the biggest earmark beggar and socialist of all looking for hand-outs and freebies.

"The amount of taxes owed is a private matter," Sharon Leighow, Palin's spokeswoman, said in an e-mail. "If the governor collects future per diem, those documents would be a matter of public record."

Really? Not if you want to be president, it isn't!

Posted by: hype1 | February 18, 2009 9:44 PM

By overlooking her taxes, Palin is apparently qualified and can now be appointed a cabinet post within the Obama administration.

Posted by: zoo2 | February 18, 2009 6:22 PM

As for the Palin, this is just a little tip of the iceberg as far as her and that dude's tax culpabilities and such other corruption is concerned. There are big questions about kick backs from construction companies whom the Madam granted no bid contracts about the Wasilla Sports complex, and in return the people that built that lake from home of the Palin's. There are a whole slew of other finical problems regarding payments of expenses when her dude was traveling around and interfering with Government Business and her brood also traveling around using up over $54000 for their entertainment, teenage boozing etc.

Noe that her pal the Attorney General was forced to resign all kind of stuff will trickle out.

Posted by: goldengate | February 18, 2009 5:46 PM

A story on Palin I agree doesn't belong in "44" there are much more important items that do. There must be another more fitting media for information about McCain's %$# mate.


Posted by: Ranger-Phx | February 18, 2009 4:21 PM

What does the Alaska governor's problems have to do with the Obama presidency?

Posted by: Cheryl3 | February 18, 2009 4:13 PM

Funny, a little revisionist history by the repubs, """At the Governor's request."
Meaning, Governor Palin saw that there may be tax issues associated with Alaska's policies toward elected officials, so she called for a review. Now that problems have been found, she is paying up.""
Her living at home and getting paid for living as if she weren't and on the road was questioned a long time before running for VP and asked of her. Anyone from H&R Block, to me doing my own taxes , would know better. To now make the bizarre claim, she asked for a review, like it came out of no where and she is going to pay as being her idea, isn't even close, talk about the road to no where, with a lost soul driving.

Posted by: Bopper1 | February 18, 2009 3:24 PM

I don't think this belongs on "44" either. See my comments at the ADN.com story.

Posted by: JakeD | February 18, 2009 3:22 PM

Two points:

1. Why is this story in a column called "44: The Obama Presidency"? Shouldn't this column be dedicated to investigating "44: The Obama Presidency"? And all the tax cheats therein?

Unbelievable hypocrisy.

2. "At the Governor's request."
Meaning, Governor Palin saw that there may be tax issues associated with Alaska's policies toward elected officials, so she called for a review. Now that problems have been found, she is paying up.

So she is voluntarily self-regulating and voluntarily settling up.

Unlike Geitner, who was told by tax advisors that he owed money and STILL DID NOT PAY until he got the nomination. Nor Daschle, who knew last summer that he owed money but STILL DID NOT PAY until he was nominated.

Palin saw problems and asked for a review, knowing it might affect her.

BIG DIFFERENCE from the members and wanna' be members of "44: The Obama Presidency."

Had any articles about Burris lately?

Posted by: hrh40 | February 18, 2009 1:58 PM

Maybe she could sell some of those clothes to pay the taxes she owes. Can't wait for the next installment of 'The Country Bumpkins Go To Washington'. Seems as though Alaska could use some oversight on expenses for Palin and Stevens.

Posted by: racam | February 18, 2009 1:27 PM

Why does she claim the per diem in the first place? That's the bigger scandal. The per diem is intended to pay expenses when she is on the road. If she chooses to work at home because she finds it more convenient, that's hardly the same as traveling on state business.

Posted by: PhilHart | February 18, 2009 1:11 PM

That didn't disqualify Timothy Geithner.

Posted by: JakeD | February 18, 2009 12:17 PM

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