IRS files lien against Maldonado for $100,000
July 24, 2010
The Internal Revenue Service filed a lien against property owned by Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado and his family earlier this year, claiming the Santa Maria Republican owes the federal government more than $100,000 in taxes. [LA Times]
It is the ninth time since 1992 that federal, state or local tax collectors have resorted to liens against the Maldonado family farm in an effort to compel payments totaling more than $240,000, public records show.
The lien was filed April 13, two weeks before Maldonado, formerly state Senator and Assemblyman for San Luis Obispo County, was sworn into office.
The single-page IRS lien indicates that Maldonado owes the government $111,146 for underpaying a category of taxes that include Social Security, Medicare and federal withholding contributions for employees on his 6,000-acre farm outside Santa Maria.
A spokesman for Maldonado said the outstanding taxes are “absolutely not an employee compensation issue.… It is a dispute over the use of company vehicles.”
The lien claims Maldonado’s business failed to pay $54,048 in 2006 and $57,098 in 2007, while Maldonado was a state senator. The previous liens, filed between 1992 and 2002, range in size from an $81,129 IRS bill in 1995 to a $408 state tax bill in 1998.
Maldonado’s spokesperson responded by saying all the liens have since been released.