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

Palin told to pay back taxes

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/06/art.getty.palin.jpg caption="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. 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 |
  2. Joe in Austin

    Personal tax returns of politicians isn't a private matter, and everybody knows that per diem payments are taxable.

    February 18, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Gerda Edwards

    In 5....4....3....2....1....let the obsessed Gov Palin haters begin.

    (You know, the people who whine about Gov Palin being in the news, but then add to it by blogging.)

    February 18, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. boered1


    I suspect that this will not even be covered by the MSM as they have decided tha the idiot Caribu Barbie can do no wrong as shown during her VP run where she blatantly lied about President Obama, stirred up racial hatred, and said that if you were not a reedneck oyu were not part of America and the MSM barely acknowledged it but spent over a month showing scenes for Rev. Wright BEFORE President Obama joined his church because you see a black amn is tresponsible for everything any other person he associates with but a white woman is just so much in need of protection.

    February 18, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. David Newport, OR

    Plus interest. Wonder what took them so long? This was a no-brainer...oh that explains it all.

    February 18, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Once you vote Black

    What a crook. And why would she want to live in a double wide in wasilla when she has a governers mansion in juno? I am so disappointed in her. $17,000 worth of meals! How can she think that is ok? She thought nobody was looking thats what it is. I am so hurt by this. I really wanted her to be our next President. The GOP is done! I wish I could express how upset with her I am.

    February 18, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |

    Well, now it's this special. sarah "the pitbull in lipstick" palin has to pay some back taxes. she is truely being exposed as a BIG fraud. her holier then thou attitude is a joke. the list is getting longer and longer. she is a liar, she pals around with drug dealers, her husband is a thug, daughter dropped out of high school (along with baby daddy). And this is what the repubs think is so great. on top of all this she is dumb as a stump. the repubs are a big joke. LOL!

    February 18, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. bobbygo

    Hummmm! Now lets see.................didn't I just read in the last few weeks that the Democrats had a problem with paying their taxes? Wonder what Hannity will have to say about this? No problem, I'm sure he will defend her and his former drug addict friend Limbaugh will follow. I think all government officials should have their tax returns audited. ALL of them.

    February 18, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. texasgreenacres

    to be a politician you have to be a smart crook.and smart wasn't one of her greater assets.but she is supposed to say( thanks but no thanks.)to which one i don't know.The paying of the taxes, or not to pay the taxes that will be the question.Most likely she will say I'll give it all back in payments in the next 100 years or so?

    February 18, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. Sam

    Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

    American dodged a bullet on this one.

    February 18, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Craig

    Maverick hahahahahahahha.

    February 18, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Phil in SA

    Oh, this is just sweet. Saying "Palin" and "back taxes" in the same sentence....what a joke she is.

    February 18, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Carlos

    Oh God make her go away...

    February 18, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!

    First Joe the Plumber, and now Palin. Okay, all you who so gleefully vilified Obama and his nominees for tax issues, lets hear it from you now.

    February 18, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Jonathan

    Oh my goodness!
    Can it really be true that Sarah Palin isnt the down home, every woman, with the cute little mannerisms that we all love?
    Can it be true that she is yet another corrupt politician?
    Say it aint so!

    February 18, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Hilda

    HA! We all have to pay taxes .

    February 18, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Al, NY NY

    Oops by golly. Real Americans pay their taxes don't they Sarah?

    February 18, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. jfs Memhis, Tn

    WHOOPS !!! But that is okay.......correct Right Wingers ?? After all the crap you have been blogging about the same issues with Obama's cabinet selection ..... this one is okay, right??? Just like it was OKAY to spend a trillion Dollars in Iraq UNCHECKED.......but it is socialism spending 780 billion dollars in YOUR OWN COUNTRY ???? One word comes to this moderate Republican's mind...Hypicrite.

    February 18, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. umu ule

    She even owe taxes too. And Mccain wanted her to be second in command. It's ridiculous.

    February 18, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Tony


    All you have to do is say you used Turbo Tax and sorry and all will be forgiven. It worked for Geithner – why not?

    Remember we have the change that was voted for. I would like to see the Dems jump on this and show just how hypocritical they are........

    February 18, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. the idiot

    Sounds like she could be eligible for the Obama cabinet or at least some sort of position with the democratic party in Illinois.

    February 18, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Cathy

    Two -faced hypocrite and low -life creepy rat ....She should pay the money back , the people thieving governor.

    February 18, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. Leviticus

    Massive surprise there.

    February 18, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    What is worse than the sec of treasury not paying their taxes. the vice president. thank goodness she is not in office

    February 18, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Jean

    The Governor asked for the review. How many government officials do that?

    NO MENTION THAT THE Governor turned down a $25,000.00 pay increase.

    We are living in tough times and Politicians should not be getting pay increases.

    No mention that back in January Congress received a pay increase without a vote.

    February 18, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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