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. SGJ

    Wow – I guess the true colors of all her reform are coming out now....

    Typical republican.. I really hope shes around in 2012.

    February 18, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. ECM

    Why is it a private matter when others are being exposed for not paying their taxes – if it was me the IRS would be pulling me into court playing hard ball – appears to be another double standard

    February 18, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. dona

    So Sarah is a tax cheat too! lol

    February 18, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. boered1

    why is this not splattered all over the news!! McCain picked as his RUNNING MATE someone who did not pay thier taxes and lied about having to pay them, and McCain and the rest of the radical religious rightwing republicans complain about PRESIDENT Obama's vetting process? McCain blew it on potentially the nations #2 leader where as President Obama blew it on a couple of lower level people who ARE NOT in line for the Presidency. Do you think this will be covered on faux News (or CNN for that matter beyond this?) if so I bet it will be covered as an "Attack" on poor Sarah Palin....
    idiots

    February 18, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. JOHN

    I'm not surprised. I still don't understand how Palin was selected as the poster child for the right wing conservatives in the Republican party. Family values certainly are not her strong suit, there were questions about favoritism when they built a house that did not conform to local laws, more problems with firing a police official for personal reasons, misuse of public funds/back taxes, so what is next?

    And she has plans to run for president in the future! Something is certainly rotten up there and it's not the cheese!

    February 18, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Nadine

    Palin owes back taxes. Wow. I hope she pays them or this would not fit her small government reformer image.

    February 18, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Karen

    What about the per deim her family received? Should they have received payments if they were staying in their own home?

    February 18, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Karen

    What nerve. Gov Palin saves the state probably tons of money living in her own home instead of the Governor's mansion and they penalize her for it. This is just like a small town. Pick someone and target them for every dirty trick you can find. That is shameless. Someone starts to make it big and every loser that can't make it on their own comes out of the woodwork and attacks her trying to make a name for themselves. Palin is being punished for saving Alaska $$.

    February 18, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. TallyGirl

    I would love to receive $894 per month for meals and incidentals in my own home on top of a 6 figure salary. That's 20% more than our family of five currently spends at the grocery store each month.

    February 18, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. Jeff, IN

    Good, she's a sneak and a cheat. The face of the Republican Party needs a facelift.

    I hope the state gets the people's money back. I'm sure the moose are smiling–strike one against their public enemy number one.

    February 18, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. S.M

    The so called Maverick billed the taxpayers for her personal expenses while living at her own home and she had the nerve to trash Obama and put herself up on a pedal stoole? Crook!

    February 18, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. TallyGirl

    I would love to receive $894 per month for meals and incidentals in my own home on top of a 6 figure salary. That's 20% more than our family of five currently spends at the grocery store each month. I guess you have to be a fiscal conservative like Palin to get perks like that.

    February 18, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. cheryl brooks

    So much for honesty, abuse of the tax payers money is no excuse.....

    February 18, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. BRIDGETT, NV

    Finally, something is being done about this crooked governer. We still don't know if Trig is really her child and what about Todd bullying others to support things she wants.

    I thought her mother, Sara's mother, stated that Sara wore big clothing and that is why no one could tell if she was pregnant doing the time she supposely was inpregnantive with her youngest child.

    There is still alot we don't know about this lady who think she smart enough to be president of the USA.

    CNN please post because we want answers.

    February 18, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. joe smith

    looks like the left has nothing better to do with their time, but to dig smut on everything that is right..too bad somebody didn't come down on Shumer for his Indy bank revolation, and his lack of governing leading up to this whole banking mess, that He was overseeing..

    February 18, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Kathy S. Cloughn

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah...how quickly you have fallen from grace. Stay home, take care of the kids and the grandchild and you'll have a happier and better life. You are not suited to be the prez or VP!

    February 18, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. chucky1169469

    you know the right will be angry about this...because if it were a democrat gov...they'd be telling everyone to leave her alone because she is breath of fresh air.

    February 18, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Craig - Hastings, MN

    Chuckle,chuckle,chuckle.Another hypocrite.Why does this NOT surprise me. WHY do these people have the attitude that somehow laws DON"T apply to them? I hope they stiff her but good with interest and penalties just like they would the average Joe or Jane. Couldn't happen to a more deserving soul.

    February 18, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Bobby

    What a joke this woman is...Thank goodness she is gone out of the limelight.

    February 18, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. chucky1169469

    James...she is just being true to the republican way.....for me...only me...and for no one else.

    February 18, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Florida Dude

    All politicians should bay their taxes whether they are Democrats or Republicans, but the drama following this woman is unyielding. So very glad she is no where near the White House. For those who think the American people will be duped in 2012 by her, think again.

    February 18, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Alfred E. Neumann

    Still amazing – CNN parachuted investigators into Alaska moments after Palin was selected as the conservative VP nominee.

    Yet the CDs on Jeremiah Wright were never revealed until after Super Tuesday.

    CNN is as far to the left in bias as Fox News is to the right. Fair and balanced is a meaningless slogan to both of these outlets.

    (MSNBC – who cares)

    February 18, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Matt

    So lets graps this she flys her family around on Alaska ticket bills them for staying home. She is no better than a CEO of a major bank. I guess this is the media picking on poor Sarah again. She has ethical problems and this falls right in line. Her husband was found along with her buddies in contempt. A senator from her state was convicted! The state is so wrought with crooks do we really want her anywhere near the White House.

    February 18, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. MICK in MESA

    NEWS BULLETIN....

    Dateline SC, KY, TN, AL, WVA, MS, TX

    Congressional leaders of the new Hooverite Repuglicon Party said today that it plans to call the economic stimulus ARRA billed signed yesterday by Pres. Obama a failure on Friday because the US economy has not immediately recovered.
    The GOP party faithful around the country were gleeful since, like the middle class, they want all Democrat led initiatives to fail.
    GOP leaders vehemently denied that the GOP’s new obstructionist position as the party of “NO!” was the reason for the planned announcement and cited “not enough tax cuts for the top 5%” as the reason the planned failed.
    No alternative suggestions for recovery are to be proposed in keeping with the GOP’s new policy of doing nothing...

    February 18, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. more repub junk!!

    make her pay!!! She was that close!!!

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