Four years ago, the state of Georgia placed an $8,558 lien on the Henry County home of GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain for failure to pay personal income taxes, ABC News reported today.
Cain’s campaign was quick to point out to ABC News that Cain was undergoing treatment for Stage 4 cancer in 2006. A Cain spokesman said that due to his illness, Cain had requested — and was granted — a six-month extension of his federal taxes and had requested the same from the state, which Georgia allows.
Nevertheless, the state sent a delinquency notice to Cain in late 2007 and filed the lien in early 2008. Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon said Cain’s accountant had protested the delinquency to no avail.
The lien is for taxes in 2006. It was lifted in November 2008.
From Cain campaign J.D. Gordon:
”The experience serves as an example of how broken our federal and state bureaucracies are with respect to the collection of revenue. The entire process is driven by automated letters generated in response to deadlines.
“Mr. Cain responded in a timely manner to the delinquency notice sent by the Georgia Department of Revenue but was unable to stop the process that ultimately led to the filing of the tax lien. Once the lien was filed, it took nearly 10 months to get it removed.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider