February 18th, 2009
06:40 PM ET
6 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. wakeupamerica

    It should be made public how much she owes in back taxes. Do your civic duty Sarah and pay your taxes. Then go the heck away and stay away!

    February 18, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Accountability

    Why are Palin's taxes a private matter but Daschle's weren't? Just another Alaska two step from the Queen of double standard! And this was the best the Repubs could do?

    February 18, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. rubytopaz

    Did she get rid of the $150k wardrobe that was "loaned" to her? If not is she going to pay taxes on that too?

    February 18, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. WhoCares?

    She actually wanted taxpayers to pay for lunch/dinner eaten at her OWN HOUSE?

    Wow..Just wow.

    February 18, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Mark C

    Tom Daschle had to pull his appointment as HHS sec, will she resign as Gov? Will this stop her from making us endure another run at the oval office? God I hope so

    February 18, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Trever Barker

    No, taxes owed by this publicly elected person is a matter of public record. If she doesn't fess up, wait until 2012..

    February 18, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Hill the jobseller

    Having control of the IRS sure is like having a large club to beat people with no matter what side of the fence has the power.AND NO,ITS NOT A PRIVATE MATTER.Not when you steal the peoples money.

    February 18, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Kim

    Well, well well.

    February 18, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Becky

    Good thing she wasnt tapped for Interior Secretary....The Republicans would have had a field day with her....

    February 18, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. NYDoc

    It would be easy to start throwing stones at this, but right now we are all living in glass houses (dems, repubs, liberals and conservatives). I just hope everyone else realizes that as well. My suspicion is though here comes the mud slinging from both sides....

    February 18, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Tyran

    Look, rich people do everything in their power to avoid paying taxes. This is the number one reason why the Republicans idea of tax cuts to the rich have and will not work. The rich will just hord all the money and play the stock market while ignoring and blaming the American people for their financial trouble. Sarah Palin is just a typical Regan Republican, trickle-down, trickle-down, trickle-down.....

    February 18, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. mike

    You guys stop that "gotcha" tax stuff. You know how the mainstream media works....you point out the obvious....Palin runs to Fox News and becomes a victim of the "liberal" bias....Limebaugh rants and raves....Hannity has a love fest on his show with her.........conservatives get riled up............the poor state of Alaska suffers.............and we get more of "Barbie"......UUUUGGHHHH!!!

    February 18, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Ben

    She can do it as a Private citizen. She is no longer relevant,CNN!

    February 18, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Nick the Photographer

    Huh. I guess your guys have tax problems too.

    RIP – GOP

    February 18, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Failin' Pailin is still Wailin'!

    Alaska should send a thank you note to the lower 48. The half-wit's tax cheating would never have discovered had she not run for VP!

    We will be waiting for all dittoheads to call for her resignation now that she is a tax cheat too!

    Remember how you blasted Geithner and Dascle for the same reason? It will be interesting to read the comments.

    February 18, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Mary

    Tax payers money, yap, it is about Palin and Palins....

    Please pay back the taxes and go away!

    February 18, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. C W

    Palin's behavior is typical of these Republican so-called "reformers" who claim they despise government and its "wasteful" spending of tax payer dollars. She and her ilk never have a problem ripping off the government and stealing those same taxpayer dollars. Their contempt and hypocrisy go hand in hand: Contempt for the American people, shown in hypocrisy of their actions.

    February 18, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. Unemployed Republican

    GOP = Party of Hypocrits
    Criticising others of the same thing your doing. That is close to the defition of hypocrisy. It's very shamefull to be a republican these days.
    The next time you want to point a finger to something or somebody you better look at how many of those same fingers are pointed in your direction.
    My party leaders are thinking everybody in America is as stupid as they are. THEY ALL DESERVE TO BE TROWN OUT until they find a
    1. New integre and thoughtfull leaders
    2. New constructive message for the good of America
    3. Get ride of religion wackos and extremist talk show or TV anchors of the party.

    February 18, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Mike S., New Orleans

    Typical Republican Right Wing Neocon Hypocrite.

    Sorry Tundra Barbie, but when you ask people to elect you to run the government, your taxes are their business. Just ask Daschle and the rest.

    Quit milking the government teets, Sarah.

    February 18, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. Ellen

    Gottcha! wink wink ...

    February 18, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. reality check, ky

    cnn, why is it that every time you put an article about Sarah Palin in the ticker, you block all comments from view?

    Is it that you are protecting her image?

    February 18, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. Seth

    Palin is just another Republican who thinks she's above it all.
    We're done with her!

    February 18, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. Chill out

    Just to show that she is un-american and did not pay all of her taxes. I think she is paling around with her tax problem.

    February 18, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Nick

    Looks like this woman was so excited to be brought in the national scene and now she doesn't know how to go away after she lost. Please Go away, Palin!

    February 18, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. patNY

    Wow! She's so against taxes, she refuses to pay her own! What a corrupt typical you know what!

    February 18, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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