Brookfield State Rep David Scribner has IRS woes

State Rep. David Scribner (R-107 Brookfield), who also serves as Brookfield town treasurer, had a tax lien for over $75,000 filed against his home by the Internal Revenue Service in August 2006, according to The Danbury News-Times.

Scribner, R-Brookfield, said the lien stems from a tax audit in 2005 conducted by the IRS and income that the federal agency said was filed in the wrong category.
He said that he viewed the money as employment income while the IRS viewed it as business income. A significant amount of the money owed to the IRS, he said, includes interest and fees on the original taxes.
Some of the income in question, Scribner said, could be from his time as an independent contractor delivering The News-Times from 1995 to March 2008.
“It’s really a matter of a discrepancy of total income versus tax liability,” said Scribner, who serves on the legislature’s finance committee.
“There has been a significant effort to pay down the balance and at the same time a good faith effort trying to resolve the dispute,” he said.

Yeah, it’s a drag paying that self-employment tax. Don’t I know it! But you gotta do it otherwise you’ll end up like this guy.

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7 responses to “Brookfield State Rep David Scribner has IRS woes

  1. Of he could end up like this guy! !

  2. Or he could end up like this guy! !

  3. Of he could end up like this guy! !

    The link doesn’t seem to be working. David Scribner is a very good State Rep. The IRS tax codes can be almost impossible to follow correctly even for the most conscientious of us.

  4. What seems really odd is this comment:

    “It’s really a matter of a discrepancy of total income versus tax liability,” said Scribner

    Are there cases in which such a discrepancy exists and the IRS doesn’t care?

  5. The link doesn’t seem to be working. David Scribner is a very good State Rep. The IRS tax codes can be almost impossible to follow correctly even for the most conscientious of us.

    The lien indicates that this was more than just a paperwork issue, doesn’t it? Doesn’t this guy use an accountant? Did the accountant screw up or did this guy, or both?

  6. The lien indicates that this was more than just a paperwork issue, doesn’t it? Doesn’t this guy use an accountant?

    gmr, you beat me to that question. Sure, I agree with you Brenda, the IRS tax codes can be impossible to follow. The time I tried to do my own taxes while I was living abroad and thought it seemed silly to pay an accountant to fill in a US return when I didn’t owe any U.S. tax, I ended up with a migraine and ended up paying the accountant to do it anyway. You’d think as someone in public office, especially on the state finance committee and as town treasurer, you’d leaning on the conservative side when it comes to taking care of your tax affairs.

  7. My taxes are fairly straightforward and simple and I felt I was able to do them myself. Unfortunately, I did them wrong and owed more including penalties and interest.

    My guess is Rep. Scribner felt as I did and figured he could save some money and not pay an accountant.

    I highly doubt this was a knowingly deliberate error.

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