Nov. 19, 2014

Al Sharpton Owes Millions in Taxes

The Rev. Al Sharpton, the race baiter, the adviser to Barack Obama, owes $4.5 million in state and federal taxes. The New York Times reports, “With the tax liability outstanding, Mr. Sharpton traveled first class and collected a sizable salary, the kind of practice by nonprofit groups that the United States Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration recently characterized as ‘abusive,’ or ‘potentially criminal’ if the failure to turn over or collect taxes is willful. Mr. Sharpton and the National Action Network have repeatedly failed to pay travel agencies, hotels and landlords. He has leaned on the generosity of friends and sometimes even the organization, intermingling its finances with his own to cover his daughters’ private school tuition.” This admission on Sharpton comes after the IRS targeted Tea Party groups just because they were conservative, leading National Review’s Jim Geraghty to observe, “Revelations like this confirm the suspicions of millions of Americans that the tax laws are only for the little people.” The hypocrisy is stunning. More…

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