Councilman Barry in Tax Trouble–Again

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D.C. Council member Marion Barry is in trouble with the IRS – again.

The Internal Revenue Service on Sept. 9 filled a lien against the home Barry owns on Orange Street SE, claiming unpaid 2010 income taxes of $3,267.29, according to The Washington Post. It is but the latest in a more than decade long string of tax issues for Barry, the former mayor, now D.C. Council member for Ward 8.

Barry is currently repaying the federal and District governments for unpaid income taxes dating back to 1999, according to published reports. He originally pleaded guilty to a federal judge in 2005 to not filing federal or D.C. returns for the six years after he left the mayor’s office; he received three years of probation.

In 2006, prosecutors returned to court after Barry failed to file his 2005 return. The judge, U.S. District Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson, declined prosecutors’ request to jail Barry. In 2009, Barry was ordered back to court after he failed to file his 2007 tax return. At that time, Barry owed $195,000, plus penalties and interest, to the feds and $51,000 to the District. The federal government started garnishing his council paycheck and he continued a voluntary payment plan with the city.

All told, according to the Post, Barry has failed to file a return or pay his income tax in full for nine of the past 12 tax years.

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“I don’t know anything about that,” Barry told The Washington Post.