David Ralston: One House member hasn’t filed 2008 income tax return

The office of House Speaker David Ralston just pushed out this statement:

“Upon receipt of the report from the Department of Revenue, House Ethics Committee Chairman Joe Wilkinson delivered the report to me. Legal counsel and I have reviewed the report, in conjunction with the law, and only one House member has not filed a personal income tax return with the Department of Revenue for tax year 2008.

As provided by law, Chairman Wilkinson will conduct an appropriate investigation consistent with the rules of the House Committee on Ethics and report the findings to me.”

The single House member was not identified. Last year, at least 19 House and Senate members received the letters. All of the senators and all but three House members were able to clear up the Revenue Department’s concerns or paid their outstanding tax bills, plus penalties, legislative leaders said.

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4 comments Add your comment

ken smith

February 24th, 2010
7:10 pm

Everyone should pay their taxes especially people in elected office.
If taxes are not paid for 2008 that house member should be named and removed from office, if not the taxpayers need to look very closely at the house members who it would seem is protecting one of their own.


February 24th, 2010
8:13 pm

Name names and file ethics charges. Also treat the legislator as they would treat a “regular citizen” who didn’t file a tax return.

Alabama Communist

February 24th, 2010
10:33 pm

No doubt Speaker Ralston will issue a warning to the House to beware of a low flying aircraft around the Capital!

Mid-South Philosopher

February 25th, 2010
5:40 am

When any candidate for any office (and there are quite a few locally) comes up and asks me for my vote, I ask to see their most current tax receipt.