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. joseph

    Maybe if all these politicians paid their taxes, we wouldn't be in this financial mess we're in.

    February 18, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. CATINA

    I LIKE THAT SARAH PALIN ASK HER TO LOOK INTO IT BEFORE SHE GET READY TO RUN FOR ANYTHING.THE MEDIA WILL PLUMMEL HER IF IT CAME UP IN AN ELECTION. SO GOOD JOB.

    February 18, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. james

    “The amount of taxes owed is a private matter,” -hmmm. Too bad Gietner and Daschle didn't think of this arguement.

    February 18, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Sniffit

    Awwwww...poor GOPers...I guess you'll have to forgoe nominating her in 2012 so you don't label yourself hypocrites with respect to Daschle and Geithner. I'm actually disappointed. 2012 was fixing to be one heck of a hilarious year...

    February 18, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. Paul, Riverside, CA

    GOP = FAIL!!!

    Sarah Palin = EPIC FAIL!!!

    February 18, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. karen-Phoenix

    And the republicans were all over Dashelle for $1,100? This should be the end of the republican party!!!

    February 18, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Andy J, Upstate NY

    thus far, this is the only thing i don't really like about Sarah.

    At least she is initiating the inquiry regarding the status of her taxes on her own and not only paying her taxes because she wants a top stop in the Obama administration.

    February 18, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Andi

    taxes owed a private matter? Not in politics, my deary

    February 18, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Morgan, Colorado

    Tax problems are everywhere these days.

    February 18, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. chuck

    WHAT ELSE IS SHE DOING TO BANKRUPT THE STATE'S FINANCIAL SYSTEM. IS THIS A REFORMER? SARAH PALIN HAS PROVEN THAT SHE IS NOT A CONSREVATIVE REPUBLICAN AS MANY THINK SHE IS MORE A LIBERAL REPUBLICAN AND A CROOK LOOKING OUT FOR HERSELF AND NOTHING ELSE. COULD YOU IMAGINE WHAT SHE WOULD HAVE DONE WITH THE OTHER NUT-HEAD IF THEY WERE ELECTED? THE FEDS NEED TO KEEP A CLOSE WATCH AT THIS WOMAN.

    February 18, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. T

    Well there is always a dark side.....what goes around comes around.
    There is more to come about Palin................No it's not a private matter. She scream about President Obama now she gets a turn.
    hahaha.

    February 18, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Andy J, Upstate NY

    love the way CNN titles the article.

    It could also have been titled " Palin initiates inquiry regarding taxes she may owe... and she wasn't even trying to get a top stop in the Obama administration!!!"

    February 18, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. dishonest politicans

    she is a governor, there's nothing private about her life, she knew this when she went into politics, if she owes the taxes, she should be thrown out with the rest of the lying, cheats that seem to be surfing in AMERICA , and the purchase of the sun-tanning bed that she bought during the campaign, DID THE TAXPAYERS PAY FOR THAT, just wondered?

    February 18, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. PATC

    ALso note they will send her a revised W2. Seems like the office was unclear on the Federal tax code to begin with. More proof that we need to get rid of the IRS and go to the Fairtax.

    February 18, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Sarie Palin

    I am entitled to some freebies!!! I am Sarie!

    February 18, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. califvote

    haha.. .where are the repubs now?

    February 18, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Obama Victim

    does this mean that Sarah will get a spot in The Messiah's cabinet??

    February 18, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. Michael "C" Lorton, VIrginia

    The "owning of back taxes syndrome" seems to be spreading-–even in the frontier wilderness....

    February 18, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. glacierdawg

    must be really nice to collect per diem while sleeping in your own bed.... such a sham!

    February 18, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    TOLD YOU SO!

    Now they need to go after Palin for revising state paperwork to include her kids as "conference attendees" so their travel and stays at fancy hotels would be deductible. WRONG!

    Palin is a boob!

    February 18, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. nora california

    Well, seems that everyone including the godly republicans can make mistakes on their taxes. Where is the cry for her to resign.

    February 18, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. PATC

    Question if she has to pay income tax on per diem when in Wasilla does that mean she does not have to when at the Governors Mansion doing business? Read the law you only have one work place.

    February 18, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. jesse contreras

    just leave her alone almost everybody owes taxes even the fed govt owes money we are in debt

    February 18, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Nate Hussein

    One question...what happened to the funds for "The bridge to nowhere"?

    February 18, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. Gloria

    So each day we learn more about the REAL Sarah Palin....

    February 18, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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