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. Len in Washington

    Some "Reformer."
    Sounds more like she really IS ready to go to Washington.
    She'll fit right in....

    February 18, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. john dough

    Oh another "official" with back taxes....can't just point fingers at the dems....

    this country is hilarious. I think she is "palling" around with the IRS....

    February 18, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    No problem, her PAC will pay for everything....

    February 18, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. MirCat

    I guess this is how she lowers taxes...just don't pay them!

    February 18, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    PLEASE NOMINATE HER IN 2012...PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!! LOL

    February 18, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Naldo

    not a problem, her PAC will pay for everything from now on....

    February 18, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. Patrick - Indianapolis

    Well this is a fine example that it really doesn't matter what party you choose. A whole bunch of politicians don't pay taxes. When is mandatory auditing of public officials going to start being demanded by the public? I know the corrupt officials are the ones who have to pass the thing so maybe we should let them all know their jobs are on the line.

    This isn't a party problem, its a politician problem. End career politicians and begin mandatory auditing!

    Also, throw the corrupt politicians in jail for a long, long time.

    February 18, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Robert, Charleston SC

    Why are past per diem payments private? The payments were taken while she was in office (the first 19 months according to the article).

    It seems to me all the money a public officer makes should be a matter of public record.

    The fact that she billed Alaska to live in her own home sounds criminal.

    February 18, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Greg in MN

    Nice to see it not only the Dems that don't pay their taxes. Wonder if anyone will have the guts to point that out to any GOP big wigs.

    February 18, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. gary, gpp

    Sarah Palin is a tramp.

    February 18, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. BeefyDaddy

    Ha Ha

    February 18, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Bob in Pa

    Okay, now she'll just have to declare it as income and the subtract it back out as expenses. That's a tough one. Some tax cheat.

    February 18, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Wait...where are all the self-righteous GOPers who lambasted Daschle and Geithner? Shouldn't they be even angrier that one of their own "chosen" has embarassed their party???

    ...crickets....chirp chirp.....

    February 18, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Jeffrey

    Why aren't Sean ins-Hannity and Rush Limbaugh crying "Off With Her Head!"?

    Because apparently its different if its a Republican not paying taxes? That would have been interesting had McCain won the election. Would there be public outcry for her to step aside, like Daschle and Geithner?

    February 18, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Where are all the GOPers who lambasted Daschle and Geithner? Shouldn't they be even angrier that one of their own "chosen" has embarassed their party???

    ....chirp chirp.....

    February 18, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Jon in CA

    Holy Bat-tax! If Obama had known THIS he'd have nominated her for Commerce Secretary!

    Quickest way in getting an Obama nomination? Don't pay your taxes.

    Quickest way to get "Obama Stimulus Money"? Don't pay your mortgage.

    February 18, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. DC-African, Colorado

    What? That's crazy...

    February 18, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. LIP

    Big Deal. So, she has an issue with per diem taxes and she has been asked to pay them. These are disputes that come up frequently when one receives per diem money. In many situations, one is allowed to collect lodging, food and mileage even though you are living at home, eating your own food and going nowhere. it's like wages for using your own money while in their employ.
    Meanwhile, Mc Cain says he won't go on the View again. One of those women on the View said after the interview with McCain, that it was their job to make sure he wasn't elected. Why doesn't CNN report this little bit of info, that is the best reason why he wouldn't give them the time of day.

    February 18, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. boered1

    Based on comments from the radical religious rightwing republicans if they want to appear as even handed and fair and balanced they should be crying for her to resign baby resign! After all that is what they demand of democrats who do not pay their taxes so lets all start to agree with faux News' viewpoint and start the chant "RESIGN, BABY, RESIGN!" come on Rush say it with us "RESIGN, BABY, RESIGN" Hannity join right in "RESIGN BABY RESIGN" Lets hear it Coulture "RESIGN, BABY, RESIGN"...

    Why is it I hear only crickets chirpping????

    idiots

    February 18, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. LOL

    TO PREDICTABLE, I COULDN'T AGREE WITH YOU MORE. LISTEN ANYONE WHO CAN GET AWAY WITH JUST A LITTLE WILL DO SO AND ANYONE WHO SAY THEY NEVER TOLD A LITTLE WHITE LIE ON THEIR TAX RETURNS ARE NOT HONEST PEOPLE. NOW THIS WOMAN WHO HAD THE NERVE TO BLAST OBAMA, HIS ADMINISTRATION AND ANYTHING THAT HAS TO DO WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS A BIG FAT SELF SERVING PERSON. OK REPUBS WHERE ARE YOUR COMMENTS. SHOULD SHE HAVE TO CLAIM WHEN HER ENTIRE FAMILY TRAVELED WITH HER ON THE CAMPAIGN?

    February 18, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Kathy

    Where is the GOP outrage???? She got cought trying to take money from the state, and now she has to pay the taxes on it.!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    February 18, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Maggie from Virginia

    I can't wait to read comments from her supporters. Let the laughter begin...

    February 18, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. honestly

    OH, BROTHER!
    What is the problem with politicians and taxes???

    February 18, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. markus

    normally i'd say my usual "i'm sick of hearing about her", but I gotta add, I can't wait to see the twisted reasoning her neo-con fanbase is going to use to spin this one...

    i'm sure it's all Obama's fault that she owes back taxes, right? LOL

    February 18, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Sue

    While the not paying taxes part is bad....I think its wors that she accepted $60 per day per diem tolive in her own house in Wasilla. She choses not to stay in Juneau. Other state officials have refused the per diem when staying in their own homes by their own choice. She is not for Alaska...only for herself!

    February 18, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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