Report: official failed to pay taxes on vehicle

Report: official failed to pay taxes on vehicle

Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 8:01 pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer didn’t report or pay taxes for six years on his personal use of a state vehicle, even after multiple warnings from state auditors.
Farmer, who is running for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor, plans to get amended wage and tax statements and have an undetermined sum of money deducted from his paychecks in coming months to compensate retroactively for his past failure to pay, his spokesman, Bill Clary, told the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Clary said he did not know if Farmer will have to amend his tax returns for previous years.
“What it does with his taxes is a tax attorney thing,” Clary said Tuesday.
An attorney for the state auditor’s office, Roger McBeath, wrote a letter Monday to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and Kentucky Revenue Department, advising them of Farmer’s failure to report the personal use of a state-owned Chevy Suburban as part of his benefits package.
Farmer, who receives a $110,346 salary, is allowed to drive the vehicle outside business hours.

Published in The Messenger 5.4.11

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