February 18th, 2009
06:40 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin told to pay back taxes

Palin received per diem payments even though she was staying in her own home.
Palin received per diem payments even though she was staying in her own home.

(CNN) – Alaska officials have told Gov. Sarah Palin she must pay back taxes on the thousands of dollars she received in state per diem funds while living at her home in Wasilla.

The Washington Post first reported last September that Palin had billed the state for nearly $17,000 worth of meals and other living expenses while staying in her own home during the first 19 months of her administration, even though the official governor’s residence is in Juneau.

The news clouded Palin’s self-styled image as a small government reformer, just weeks after she was tapped as John McCain’s running mate. At the time, Palin’s office said the governor was entitled to the payments.

Alaska administration commissioner Annette Kreitzner told the Anchorage Daily News on Tuesday that the governor’s office had asked the office to review the tax treatment of the per diem payments after questions about the funds were raised.

Kreitzner told the paper that following the review, the per diem payments will be treated as income and that a revised W-2 statement will be sent to the governor.

Palin’s office would not say how much she owes in back taxes, or if she would continue to receive the payments.

UPDATE: Palin spokesman Bill McAllister tells CNN that Palin "will abide by all IRS regulations and rulings and will pay what she owes. That number, though, is not a matter of public record."

Post updated 3:02 p.m. EST


Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (440 Responses)
  1. Predictable

    Why isn't this story posted ALL OVER fox noise.com today??? Any takers on this question??? Everytime a democrat or one of Obama's cabinet picks has even $20.00 in back taxes they BLAST it all over their front page, however they seem to be completely ignoring that the crash helmet governor doesn't know how to pay her taxes either???

    FAUX NOISE CHANNEL.

    February 18, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Her daughter is cool

    I read an interview with her daughter and it did wonders for separating me from Ms. Palin and her daughter in terms of my comments

    Her family seems very grounded, it is just her husband and her that seem off the deep end

    Pay your taxes

    February 18, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. itbeme

    wonder if the grandkid will be getting a per diem for staying at the house too.....

    gotta start these mavricks out young, don't cha know....you betcha!

    February 18, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Leslie

    Taxes owed is NOT a private matter when you are in PUBLIC office.

    February 18, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Ohio Man

    no 1 pays taxes anymore .. is that the new get rich thing?.... but hey lets she what she says about this i can hear it now " What had happen was" lol

    February 18, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Takeshi

    OH>>>>>>>>>>>>> now its Private. ahahahahaha. truly funny. Alaska is sticking it to her for charging them so now in return they say "hey we paid you 17k.. ummmm my taxes please" ahahhaaaha.

    February 18, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Carol

    Wow, another politician who hasn't paid all their taxes, surprise surprise

    February 18, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Colin, RI

    Looks like Democrats aren't the only ones who don't know how to pay taxes. Guess some should look at criticizing individuals instead of the party they belong to...

    February 18, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. globalgroove

    Too funny, considering the Republicans outrage at the unpaid taxes of Democrats...

    February 18, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    What a hoot. Was she properly vetted Sen. McCain for the V.P. candidacy??? Now this is news. So Tom Daschle can't be HHS Secretary because of his taxes yet Sarah Palin actually campaigned and owes back taxes. This would've looked real bad on McCain if he was elected.

    February 18, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. too funny

    i wonder how many republicans are going to vouch for this?

    February 18, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. Susan Steinhaus

    SO SHE IS A CROOK IN ADDITION TO BEING DUMB. JOIN THE REST OF THE REPUBLICANS ON THE POLITICAL BAD MOVES TO THIS COUNTRY. MAY THEY ALL DISAPPEAR AND NEVER GET ANOTHER VOTE. JOHN MCCAIN SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HIMSELF.

    February 18, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. Palin on Obama's Short List

    With the revelations of Palin's tax issues, President Obama immeidately put her on the short list for a cabinet post.

    February 18, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Chas in Iowa

    17K in living expenses for living in her own home?
    Sounds like she's just one of us to me,......not.

    February 18, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. Sniffit

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Oh man...if you GOP people are really dumb enough to nominate her for POTUS, then 2012 can't come soon enough...queue "Jaws" theme music...

    February 18, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. Republican Victim

    Does this mean that Sarah Palin does not pay her taxes? Well, well, well. I thought only the Republicans were perfect and the Democrats were corrupt. Oh, that's right... Sarah (the Reformer) did not know that she owed this money. HA! HA! I love it when a Republican gets outed.

    February 18, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. obama-mama

    Sarah is human after all....Who would have thunk it.

    February 18, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. FrankinPhilly

    Thief and a hypocrite.

    February 18, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. Normal shorts

    This is only a crime if a Democatic official did it. Fox media already has the talking points from Jabba-da-butt Limpball and insHanity is re-writting his mid-day gospel. The high priestess will be absolved by the self-righteously insulted Bill-O-the-clown from his pulpit of brimstone and sulfur. Destroy the "Country First" and all hail the Rove!

    February 18, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. Tesap:Savannah, GA

    WELL, GEE GOLLY, GUESS HER AND THE FIRST DUDE OVERLOOKED THIS, MAYB WHILE SHE WAS SPYING ON RUSSIA OR READING THE BUSH DOCTRINE (the one with pictures ofcourse)... SO WHAT WILL THE REPUBS SAY NOW....

    BACK TO MY PREVIOUS QUESTION..... WHAT EXACTLY IS THE IRS DOING.. THAT THEY CANNOT CATCH PEOPLE WHEN IT HAPPENS.........

    February 18, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. the heart of the matter

    oh not our sarah....that cant be....see the public DOES get it!!!! she another cheat just trying to pull the wool over our eyes! no go Sarah–THANK THE LORD!!!

    February 18, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Alaskan politicians ridin' the gravy train.
    Let's give wolves guns to hunt down the politicians in helicopters.

    February 18, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. Tony

    Typical crook!

    February 18, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. Andy

    Nice job CNN? Way to try and cover up all the democrat cheats out in Obamas office, by putting this story out there. You make me sick. Anything you can do to shed your left wing views on America. Why don't you tell us more about all the tax problems Obamas cabinet is having, or would that ruin your relationship with him?

    February 18, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. elle

    “The amount of taxes owed is a private matter”

    I guess they are if your republican !

    February 18, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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