Maldonado pays off $100,000 tax lien
July 26, 2010
Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado’s family business in Santa Maria paid $111,146 in back taxes Monday, following press reports of tax liens against the Central Coast Republican who is running for re-election. [LA Times]
Maldonado’s campaign manager released a copy of an IRS lien release Monday afternoon, reportedly obtained after the Santa Maria-based company Agro-Jal Farming Enterprises delivered a check to the IRS office Monday.
Staffers insist that Maldonado was in favor of paying the tax bill when it was originally presented, but was outvoted by his father and his brother, who also sit on the company’s board of directors.
Monday’s statement, from Abel’s brother Frank Maldonado, said the company paid the tax “under protest” and will continue to try to convince the IRS that the vehicles are business expenses. However, he and his father decided to pay the tax, according to the statement, because they “cannot sit by and see a family member unfairly tarnished by a board decision he strongly opposed.”