MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and her husband, James Perry, had a tax lien of roughly $70,000 placed on them by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Harris-Perry, who is also a political science professor at Wake Forest University, told The Winston-Salem Journal Wednesday that she did not know about the lien but was well aware of the debt.
According to the notice, it covers a tax period ending December 31, 2013.The couple reportedly paid off $21,721 and has to pay off $48,581. “We were aware that we would continue to need to work to pay off the 2013 debt,” Harris-Perry told the publication, noting they would pay off the debt as quickly as possible and that she established a payment plan with the IRS.
In the January 18 edition of her eponymous MSNBC television program, Harris-Perry took the opportunity to sharply criticize Republican Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas for his tax policy.
“Remember when you used your very first state-of-the-state back in 2011 to promise a reset of the Kansas tax code?,” Harris-Perry said at the time.
Well, you made good in May of 2012 when you signed historic tax cuts into law and claimed that as the state marched toward zero income tax it would quote ‘create tens of thousands of new jobs and help make Kansas the best place in America to start and grow a small business.’ You followed that up with even further income tax cuts in 2013.
But the jobs, and small business growth, and booming prosperity you hypothesized did not materialize. Instead, as a result of your experiment last April, Moody’s downgraded your state’s credit score. And Standard and Poors followed with a credit downgrade for Kansas in August.
The downgrades reflected a reality your sunny disposition did not. Your tax cuts have created a 1 billion dollar revenue loss and run up a staggering budgetary shortfall, estimated to be as large as 280 million dollars.
h/t: Hot Air
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