Alaska officials: Palin owes back taxes

posted at 5:44 pm on February 18, 2009 by Allahpundit

Good news: She’s officially qualified to serve in Obama’s cabinet.

Gov. Sarah Palin must pay income taxes on thousands of dollars in expense money she received while living at her Wasilla home, under a new determination by state officials.

The governor’s office wouldn’t say this week how much she owes in back taxes for meal money, or whether she intends to continue to receive the per diem allowance. As of December, she was still charging the state for meals and incidentals…

“Last fall we raised questions about longstanding practices within the Department of Administration regarding tax treatment of per diem payments,” Kreitzer wrote in an exchange of e-mails over the past few days with the Daily News.

“At the Governor’s request, we reviewed the situation to determine whether we were in full compliance with the pertinent Internal Revenue Service regulations,” [state administration commissioner Annette] Kreitzer wrote. “As a result of this review, we determined that per diem needs to be treated as income, requiring a revision of W-2 forms for any affected employees.”

Remember when WaPo broke the per diem story last fall? It was 10 days after McCain picked her, during the momentary lull between the media obsessing about Bristol Palin’s pregnancy and the media obsessing about Palin’s tanning bed. Team Maverick defended her for billing the state for nights away from Juneau spent in her own home in Wasilla, but the practice was sufficiently unusual that she evidently opted for full transparency and ordered a state review. Shrewd move: As embarrassing as it is to have this come out so soon after Geithner and Daschle, it would have been more embarrassing still to have it come up again in a future primary.

Exit question: Is Jerry Taylor the conservative movement’s newest persona non grata?


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Hey, that Sec Commerce position’s open, and it’s already flagged as the “bipartisan” cabinet position.

Palin’s perfect for the job.

funky chicken on February 18, 2009 at 5:47 PM

She ordered the state review. Good for her!

debg on February 18, 2009 at 5:49 PM

So I guess this will get continuous, relentless airtime on the MSM, and little hussein’s cabinet are now off the hook.

ErinF on February 18, 2009 at 5:50 PM

under a new determination by state officials.

Just a tad different than Daschle and Co. Plus conservatives don’t like paying taxes, so they should be able to cheat on them. As opposed to Democrats who tell us how great it is to pay taxes, and how patriotic it is for higher taxes.

MDWNJ on February 18, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Just when you thought she couldn’t be any more discredited.

crr6 on February 18, 2009 at 5:50 PM

EXIT QUESTION: Is Bristol’s baby SARAH’S dependent?

HHmmm….

///snark

seejanemom on February 18, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Why is the same topic posted TWICE in one day?

Of course it’s rhetorical.

artist on February 18, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Seems like she didn’t do anything neglectful or nefarious at least, and she’s the one bringing this to the attention of the IRS rather than the other way around.

This actually looks like good news to me.

Esthier on February 18, 2009 at 5:50 PM

allah you are truly a douchebag. This story has already been on this site for 6 hours. Why do you have to post it again?? Just to rile people up, and oh yeah earn more hits for this site. Just a money-loving WHORE.

ousoonerfan15 on February 18, 2009 at 5:51 PM

As embarrassing as it is to have this come out so soon after Geithner and Daschle, it would have been more embarrassing still to have it come up again in a future primary.

How is it embarrassing? Her employer was not reporting her per diems as taxable income on her W-2s. She wondered if they should and had them look into it.

Y-not on February 18, 2009 at 5:51 PM

Don’t compare Palin to those tax cheaters.

TimeTraveler on February 18, 2009 at 5:52 PM

So she charged the state per diem for eating at her own home? And then didn’t count it as income on which to pay taxes? Do I have that right?

I like Palin, but it would never occur to me to charge the government for eating in my own home.

beatcanvas on February 18, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Did she stop beating her husband yet?

fogw on February 18, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Just a tad different than Daschle and Co. Plus conservatives don’t like paying taxes, so they should be able to cheat on them. As opposed to Democrats who tell us how great it is to pay taxes, and how patriotic it is for higher taxes.

MDWNJ on February 18, 2009 at 5:50 PM

That is what Democrats say when Democrats are caught in adultery scandals. Somehow I don’t think what works for them will work for us.

Esthier on February 18, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Fair tax!!!! that is all!

grapeknutz on February 18, 2009 at 5:53 PM

I have a feeling AP posts these Palin stories, pours himself a tumbler of Jack and kicks back to watch the show.

darwin on February 18, 2009 at 5:53 PM

allah you are truly a douchebag. This story has already been on this site for 6 hours. Why do you have to post it again?? Just to rile people up, and oh yeah earn more hits for this site. Just a money-loving WHORE.

Peace be with you.

How is it embarrassing?

After the Geithner and Daschle clusterfarks? It’s embarrassing for any politician to owe back taxes.

Allahpundit on February 18, 2009 at 5:53 PM

The whole IRS/Income Tax needs to be scrapped for a Fat Tax or Sales Tax. This whole program does nothing but attempt to affect people’s activities and how they spend money. If it was merely a legitimate means to raise cash for legitimate[read constitutional] govt activities, it would not be the pile of ” CPA and lawyer full employment program” that it has become.

retiredeagle on February 18, 2009 at 5:53 PM

That is what Democrats say when Democrats are caught in adultery scandals. Somehow I don’t think what works for them will work for us.

Esthier on February 18, 2009 at 5:52 PM

I was being a tad sarcastic.

MDWNJ on February 18, 2009 at 5:54 PM

There were some of Geithner’s tax issues I didn’t find objectionable. Apparently some types of kids camps are deductible, others aren’t. But getting extra money to pay other taxes and memos to pay those taxes and then not pay those taxes is absurd. Same with Rangel.

It all just goes to show that we need to simplify the tax code. Or move to a consumption based tax on goods & services (excluding food, clothing, medical care & primary residential real estate) rather than taxing productivity. But politicians would rather manipulate our behavior through tinkering with the tax code.

rbj on February 18, 2009 at 5:54 PM

I like Palin, but it would never occur to me to charge the government for eating in my own home.

The NYT piece from September that I linked notes that the practice is unusual compared to what other governors do.

Allahpundit on February 18, 2009 at 5:54 PM

you just love to get people mad. In the article it states she had the IRS do this oversight.

ousoonerfan15 on February 18, 2009 at 5:54 PM

So no mention of the outrage that this exact headline drew earlier today, Allahpundit?

Typical.

jimmy the notable on February 18, 2009 at 5:55 PM

so why do you dislike Palin so much?

ousoonerfan15 on February 18, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Palin ordered the review to clear anything and she owes taxes which she’ll pay back.
To compare her to Geithner and Daschle is irresponsible. These men had no intention to pay these taxes for years until a position was offered.
This is really not an issue. This actually makes her an honest politician, something rare in politics.

jencab on February 18, 2009 at 5:55 PM

That IS an honest mistake.

redshirt on February 18, 2009 at 5:56 PM

“Sure, she delivers a great speech (not sure if she can write one though). But has she done anything to warrant this love she gets from some quarters on the Right besides her demonstrable ability to play the Merle Haggard card against the cultural Left?”-Jerry Taylor

The Snarky Palin bash is complete. Love the Gov, but the “enlightened” conservatives are dealing her the death card. Oh well. Living in Alaska is looking better every day.

portlandon on February 18, 2009 at 5:56 PM

So she charged the state per diem for eating at her own home? And then didn’t count it as income on which to pay taxes? Do I have that right?

I like Palin, but it would never occur to me to charge the government for eating in my own home.

beatcanvas on February 18, 2009 at 5:52 PM

No, I think the policy is similar to corporate per diem. You are paid a given amount for room and meal, and if you don’t spend all of it, you keep the difference, but it counts as income. In her case, 100% of the per diem would be classed as income for the days she spent at her house.

Vashta.Nerada on February 18, 2009 at 5:56 PM

The NYT piece from September that I linked notes that the practice is unusual compared to what other governors do.

Allahpundit on February 18, 2009 at 5:54 PM

But my question would be was she intentionally not paying taxes, or was this something that was the norm, and now they decided to tax her for it. Its all about intent in my book.

MDWNJ on February 18, 2009 at 5:56 PM

“As a result of this review, we determined that per diem needs to be treated as income, requiring a revision of W-2 forms for any affected employees.”

So she filed and paid according to the W-2s that she received… hmmm, so she didn’t get extra cash to pay extra taxes and pocket said cash, or accept gifts or services that she didn’t pay for or claim as non-taxable…
I may actually have to watch Olbydork or Madcow tonight to see how long they spend on this little nugget.

JeffinOrlando on February 18, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Esthier on February 18, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Agreed. She asked the appropriate department to review her taxes and make sure everything was on the up and up. Now she has the bill for the proper amount in back taxes (which, I’m assuming, she’ll pay).

I watched a news report a few years back where they gave the same tax information to 4 different tax preparers and ended up with 4 different amounts that they were supposed to pay.

Considering how complicated the U.S. tax code has become, this is a non-story unless she refuses to pay the taxes or it’s shown that she knew she was supposed to and chose not to.

JadeNYU on February 18, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Allahpundit on February 18, 2009 at 5:54 PM

As I recall, though, didn’t Murkowski do the same thing?

Snowed In on February 18, 2009 at 5:57 PM

So no mention of the outrage that this exact headline drew earlier today, Allahpundit?

Typical.

jimmy the notable on February 18, 2009 at 5:55 PM

No, what’s typical is some of you guys looking for any reason to scream at me in a post about Palin. The world’s against her and I’m in on the conspiracy.

Allahpundit on February 18, 2009 at 5:57 PM

The NYT piece from September that I linked notes that the practice is unusual compared to what other governors do.

Allahpundit on February 18, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Yes Allah, but Alaska is an unusual state. It’s not easy to get thar from hereh. Especially during their winter. And it’s been a long standing practice, o.k.ed by the state legislature.

rbj on February 18, 2009 at 5:57 PM

As I recall, though, didn’t Murkowski do the same thing?

Not sure, but Murkowski’s travel expenses were far, far higher than hers were. That’s in the NYT piece too.

Allahpundit on February 18, 2009 at 5:57 PM

JadeNYU on February 18, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Its not a non-story at all! Its “embarassing” according to our gracious host.

jimmy the notable on February 18, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Good for her that it came out now. If the Treasury Secretary can’t figure out his taxes, then the rest of us get some slack. She’ll clear it up and it will be a non-story in future election cycles.

dedalus on February 18, 2009 at 5:58 PM

I like Palin, but it would never occur to me to charge the government for eating in my own home.

beatcanvas on February 18, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Considering more people charged the state extra by staying in hotels, it seems only fair that she be allowed to use her per diem when she was already saving the state money. Alaska seemed to agree, as the money is part of her salary.

Esthier on February 18, 2009 at 5:58 PM

The NYT piece from September that I linked notes that the practice is unusual compared to what other governors do.

Allahpundit on February 18, 2009 at 5:54 PM

That’s right. Other Governors eat meals paid by lobbyist and get wined and dined on the corporate dime…….but they aren’t trying to influence a Governor though….they just like the conversation and the atmosphere. Eh.

portlandon on February 18, 2009 at 5:58 PM

re: Jerry Taylor

Sure, she delivers a great speech (not sure if she can write one though).

Not sure how this is relevant; The Messiah reads a great speech, but I AM sure he can’t write one.

uncivilized on February 18, 2009 at 5:58 PM

“As a result of this review, we determined that per diem needs to be treated as income, requiring a revision of W-2 forms for any affected employees.”

LOL…didn’t see this before.

I have a feeling that all the state employees that received per diems that are about to have their W-2′s amended as a result of this are not going to be happy.

JadeNYU on February 18, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Let’s see:

A legitimate question was asked

Palin agreed that is was a good question

Palin orders a review of the policy

The review finds that they were not in compliance

Palin revises her returns and pays the back taxes

What a great scandal!

2nd Ammendment Mother on February 18, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Unlike so many on the left, at least Governor Palin was and is pro-active in trying to get a proper and clear legal determination on the matter.

But, in any case, no matter how this pans out, at the moment it seems Governor Palin is a prime candidate for consideration for an appointment in the Obama Administration.

coldwarrior on February 18, 2009 at 5:58 PM

This actually makes her an honest politician, something rare in politics.

jencab on February 18, 2009 at 5:55 PM

So rare in fact that Madame Tussaud should have her in her wax museum as “The Honest Politician”.

darwin on February 18, 2009 at 5:58 PM

JeffinOrlando on February 18, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Is this story (or non-story) really worth torturing yourself like that?

Snowed In on February 18, 2009 at 5:59 PM

why do you need to post the exact same story twice?? just to get a reaction. This site is going to hell because of your actions.

ousoonerfan15 on February 18, 2009 at 5:59 PM

I have a feeling AP posts these Palin stories, pours himself a tumbler of Jack and kicks back to watch the show.

darwin on February 18, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Nah, it’s a wine cooler, with fruit added.

Fletch54 on February 18, 2009 at 5:59 PM

The world’s against her and I’m in on the conspiracy.

Allahpundit on February 18, 2009 at 5:57 PM

No, but I have a suspicion you get paid per comment.

Ka-ching!

/sarc
(maybe)

Snowed In on February 18, 2009 at 6:00 PM

The NYT piece from September that I linked notes that the practice is unusual compared to what other governors do.

Allahpundit on February 18, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Yeah, unusual because it’s unbelievably forthright and honest.

No, what’s typical is some of you guys looking for any reason to scream at me in a post about Palin. The world’s against her and I’m in on the conspiracy.

Allahpundit on February 18, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Well when you do the same thing over and over, its pretty stupid not to expect the same reaction every time.
“Hey Doc, it hurts when I do this!”

jimmy the notable on February 18, 2009 at 6:00 PM

The whole IRS/Income Tax needs to be scrapped for a Fat Tax or Sales Tax. This whole program does nothing but attempt to affect people’s activities and how they spend money. If it was merely a legitimate means to raise cash for legitimate[read constitutional] govt activities, it would not be the pile of ” CPA and lawyer full employment program” that it has become.

Can I get an AMEN?

jimmy2shoes on February 18, 2009 at 6:00 PM

And Jerry Taylor’s rant is based solely on Ramesh’s rather innocuous post comparing a quote from the WaPo article with Palin’s quote endorsing Rick Perry.

PDS strikes again. A call to the CDC may be in order.

Erich66 on February 18, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Allah’s Palin posts have finally reached a tipping point with me. They didn’t bother me up until now. Headline should be: “Palin’s employer screws up W-2 forms”

Mark1971 on February 18, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Exit question: Is Jerry Taylor the conservative movement’s newest persona non grata?

Hahaha.

That’s right. People who supported Palin are divisive. And smelly. And uh, whatever.

There’s a reason Krauthammer is still admired and Parker is reviled. It’s not because one loved her and the other hated. It’s the depth on honesty of their perspective.

I like Palin. I’ve liked her from before she was the VP pick. Do I want her to be the shoe-in for the next campaign? No, I want a robust primary with Sanford, maybe, Jindal, maybe. But it’s still important for Rep’s to protect their own from the feeding frenzy that is msm.

Spirit of 1776 on February 18, 2009 at 6:01 PM

debg on February 18, 2009 at 5:49 PM

This is a part of the story that is either ignored or does not get enough publicity. Sarah was like the golfer who called a penalty stroke on herself or caused herself to be disqualified from the tournament because of her honesty.

Sarah, you definitely have the votes of most members of the PGA.

technopeasant on February 18, 2009 at 6:01 PM

If the Treasury Secretary can’t figure out his taxes, then the rest of us get some slack.

dedalus on February 18, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Does anyone really believe he just made a mistake?

I was being a tad sarcastic.

MDWNJ on February 18, 2009 at 5:54 PM

I know, but I’m not.

It’s embarrassing for any politician to owe back taxes.

Allahpundit on February 18, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Certainly, but this is a story about one who realized that there might have been a problem and brought attention to it herself, wanting to correct it. Surely most can see the difference here.

this is a non-story unless she refuses to pay the taxes or it’s shown that she knew she was supposed to and chose not to.

JadeNYU on February 18, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Exactly, and there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that she intentionally didn’t pay taxes on that.

Esthier on February 18, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Nah, it’s a wine cooler, with fruit added.

Fletch54 on February 18, 2009 at 5:59 PM

That’s typical beta male fare. I sense AP has an alpha streak he’s not willing to show.

darwin on February 18, 2009 at 6:02 PM

You have three years with the IRS from the due date of the return to amend, or three years from the date the taxes were paid

what is the problem again?

runner on February 18, 2009 at 6:03 PM

But it’s still important for Rep’s to protect their own from the feeding frenzy that is msm.

Spirit of 1776 on February 18, 2009 at 6:01 PM

++

the_nile on February 18, 2009 at 6:03 PM

And another point has to be made. Sarah was NOT delinquent in paying her taxes. It is only now that it has been determined that she owes the taxes on the ‘per diem allowance’.

technopeasant on February 18, 2009 at 6:04 PM

there isnt a problem

ousoonerfan15 on February 18, 2009 at 6:04 PM

what is the problem again?

runner on February 18, 2009 at 6:03 PM

There isn’t one, AP is “Just raising questions” in the words of the immoral (not a typo) Andrew Sullivan.

jimmy the notable on February 18, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Just when you thought she couldn’t be any more discredited.

crr6 on February 18, 2009 at 5:50 PM

another stupid hateful comment from one of the dumbest and most hateful trolls.

For those of you new here, this troll is toxic

Let’s see:

A legitimate question was asked

Palin agreed that is was a good question

Palin orders a review of the policy

The review finds that they were not in compliance

Palin revises her returns and pays the back taxes

What a great scandal!

2nd Ammendment Mother on February 18, 2009 at 5:58 PM

by comparison, an intelligent and accurate summary–something crrrrrrr6 will NEVER deliver

Janos Hunyadi on February 18, 2009 at 6:05 PM

Exit question: Is Jerry Taylor the conservative movement’s newest persona non grata?

You would like Jerry Taylor: His ability to cherry-pick and oversimplify is second to, well, you.

jimmy the notable on February 18, 2009 at 6:05 PM

jimmy the notable on February 18, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Dude, no one deserves to be compared to Andrew Sullivan like that.

Snowed In on February 18, 2009 at 6:06 PM

And another point has to be made. Sarah was NOT delinquent in paying her taxes. It is only now that it has been determined that she owes the taxes on the ‘per diem allowance’.

technopeasant on February 18, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Of course … but the vast majority of Americans only read headlines that say “Palin owes back taxes” and never read the story.

I have no doubt lefties across the land have now thrown her in the same lot with tax cheats and delinquents.

darwin on February 18, 2009 at 6:06 PM

The world’s against her and I’m in on the conspiracy.

Allahpundit on February 18, 2009 at 5:57 PM

I’m not a huge Palin fan, but it’s pretty clear that you feel offended by her presence and position, for some reason.

progressoverpeace on February 18, 2009 at 6:07 PM

jimmy the notable on February 18, 2009 at 6:04 PM

I see

runner on February 18, 2009 at 6:07 PM

The whole IRS/Income Tax needs to be scrapped for a Fat Tax or Sales Tax. This whole program does nothing but attempt to affect people’s activities and how they spend money. If it was merely a legitimate means to raise cash for legitimate[read constitutional] govt activities, it would not be the pile of ” CPA and lawyer full employment program” that it has become.

retiredeagle on February 18, 2009 at 5:53 PM

You beat me to it. We need to build a huge bonfire and torch the entire Internal Revenue Code. It is inherently immoral, IMO, to engineer social policy via tax legislation anyway. I’m perfectly sure this is not the sort of tax scheme the Founders had in mind when they drafted the Constitution. In fact, I know it isn’t because we didn’t even HAVE an income tax until 1913. Furthermore, it is ridiculous that the tax code has become so complex that ordinary people have to pay someone to prepare their return for them, lest they screw up and end up owing the kinder, gentler IRS thousands in penalties and interest. The 1040 form ought to be the size of an index card and it ought to have three lines on it:

1. How much did you earn last year?
2. Multiply by 10%
3. Send it in

As for the ‘Cuda — what’s the big deal here? SHE is the one who asked that it be investigated. Tells me she is interested in making sure that she understands the convoluted rules correctly and is following them, and is willing to own up to her mistakes when she makes them. That’s a far cry from a Treasury Secretary who blatantly omitted thousands of dollars in income from his 1040. This better not get more than a peep in the MSM. They had NOTHING to say about Geithner and Daschle.

NoLeftTurn on February 18, 2009 at 6:07 PM

So Gov. Palin actually ordered the investigation, and it found she owes back taxes. So she pays the back taxes, declares the expenses as income from now on, pays the future taxes, and in four years when she runs for President, she’ll be squeaky-clean.

Better that this comes out now. Nobody will remember this in 2012.

Self-discipline. What conservatism is about.

Steve Z on February 18, 2009 at 6:08 PM

I like Palin. I was one of the first to back her for VP – in December 2007. (Although I wanted her to be Romney’s VP.)

The way I see this, Allah’s holding a politician to a high standard in this case.

How many of you would whole-heartedly support all of our politicians getting per diem for eating in their own home?

Not me.

beatcanvas on February 18, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Of course … but the vast majority of Americans only read headlines that say “Palin owes back taxes” and never read the story.

And normally we could blame the liberal MSM for spreading this misleading garbage. Now we have conservative bloggers doing it.

Mark1971 on February 18, 2009 at 6:08 PM

I sense AP has an alpha streak he’s not willing to show.

darwin on February 18, 2009 at 6:02 PM

I’ve never bought the beta male thing from him. He’s a talented writer who wasn’t afraid to mock jihadis just after 9/11 and who hasn’t been daunted by Palin supporters.

Even if he’s ugly or half a ton or both, there’s no way that he could be beta.

Esthier on February 18, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Incidentally, I think this is right way to go. Count it as income, and pay the taxes.

Spirit of 1776 on February 18, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Just when you thought she couldn’t be any more discredited.

crr6 on February 18, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Read the article again without your ideology implanted in your head. How does this discredit Palin? Here’s the money quote so you don’t have to go back and read it again:

At the Governor’s request, we reviewed the situation to determine whether we were in full compliance with the pertinent Internal Revenue Service regulations,” [state administration commissioner Annette] Kreitzer wrote. “As a result of this review, we determined that per diem needs to be treated as income, requiring a revision of W-2 forms for any affected employees.” (Emphasis mine.)

Jarhead68 on February 18, 2009 at 6:09 PM

This is really not an issue. This actually makes her an honest politician, something rare in politics.

jencab on February 18, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Honest politicians scare the shinola out of some people.

thirteen28 on February 18, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Come on Allah… give it a rest, we already had a 100+ post thread in the headlines about this earlier today. The story was immediately debunked by READING in the article that she ordered the tax review.

Just want to keep throwing out the red meat and keep traffic/hits up huh?

Wasn’t the 1000+ Bristol thread yesterday enough for you??

davek70 on February 18, 2009 at 6:10 PM

BTW, how many states have capitols (1) not accessible by car and (2) 567 miles from its population center? Should AK perhaps rethink the location of its capitol? Perhaps. In the meantime, if she wants to work from Wasilla, who can blame her?

Erich66 on February 18, 2009 at 6:10 PM

You would like Jerry Taylor: His ability to cherry-pick and oversimplify is second to, well, you.

jimmy the notable on February 18, 2009 at 6:05 PM

How about his ability to distort?

thirteen28 on February 18, 2009 at 6:11 PM

No, what’s typical is some of you guys looking for any reason to scream at me in a post about Palin. The world’s against her and I’m in on the conspiracy.

Allahpundit on February 18, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Victim defense. Nice score.

Ronnie on February 18, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Wasn’t the 1000+ Bristol thread yesterday enough for you??

davek70 on February 18, 2009 at 6:10 PM

AP didn’t post that one, though. Ed did.

Snowed In on February 18, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Come on Allah… give it a rest, we already had a 100+ post thread in the headlines about this earlier today.

davek70 on February 18, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Noooooo!!! More! Palinmania until 2012 (If we’re not under martial law and shooting squirrels for food that is).

darwin on February 18, 2009 at 6:13 PM

this to shall pass, patience friends do not confuse msnbc and the nutroots with the 50.1% we need to win elections.

rob verdi on February 18, 2009 at 6:13 PM

I’ve never bought the beta male thing from him. He’s a talented writer who wasn’t afraid to mock jihadis just after 9/11 and who hasn’t been daunted by Palin supporters.

Even if he’s ugly or half a ton or both, there’s no way that he could be beta.

Esthier on February 18, 2009 at 6:08 PM

I agree.

darwin on February 18, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Isn’t this because she’s not using the Governors mansion, where food service is on site? Ta Duh

Allah’s Palin posts have finally reached a tipping point with me. They didn’t bother me up until now. Headline should be: “Palin’s employer screws up W-2 forms”

Mark1971 on February 18, 2009 at 6:01 PM

bingo, this is only a ‘scandal’ if you are sheepish enough to follow the MSM heard

jp on February 18, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Typical of what qualifies as news. A Republican thinks she may owe taxes, and orders a review to make sure the right thing is done. No respect or credit for being a honest broker.

It’s called blind hatred, and should be given as much credence.

Hog Wild on February 18, 2009 at 6:15 PM

allah you are truly a douchebag. This story has already been on this site for 6 hours. Why do you have to post it again?? Just to rile people up, and oh yeah earn more hits for this site. Just a money-loving WHORE.

She’s a christian who actually walks the walk. Why else would he constantly post misleading posts about Palin.

DethMetalCookieMonst on February 18, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Bye Bye Presidential run?

Braindroppings on February 18, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Eventually the Palin nutters will figure out that even though she gave a nice speech at the convention…she is not qualified to be POTUS and will never ever ever ever get the nomination…let alone the presidency.

The Wall on February 18, 2009 at 6:16 PM

This warrented a new thread…..You got to be shi&&ing me

Dritanian on February 18, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Everyone lay off AP.

Every politician should have scrutiny.

If she owes taxes….
SHES GOTTA PAY!

Don’t make excuses and blame AP for being anti-Palin. Ain’t his fault she owes.

blatantblue on February 18, 2009 at 6:16 PM

As embarrassing as it is to have this come out so soon after Geithner and Daschle, it would have been more embarrassing still to have it come up again in a future primary.

Seems to me those other guys are guilty of a bit more than simply owing back taxes.

Bilby on February 18, 2009 at 6:16 PM

aint her fault either.

ousoonerfan15 on February 18, 2009 at 6:17 PM

Alaska officials: Palin owes back taxes

A closet democrat…who would have ever guessed.

right2bright on February 18, 2009 at 6:17 PM

Super-secret conspiracy theory –

She did this on purpose so that she can run on throwing out the tax code in favor of the Flat Tax next time around.

A man can dream.

jimmy the notable on February 18, 2009 at 6:17 PM

Just toughen up allready, everyone. The attacks are inevitable and if wasn’t this it would be something else.

rob verdi on February 18, 2009 at 6:17 PM

Are you guys serious? The effort to bend over backwards to defend Palin while vilifying Daschle is almost comical. He’s a nefarious tax-dodger for not paying taxes on a driver he was provided by a private interest, while she is a self-correcting saint for paying back taxes on per-diem expenses she collects from taxpayers while staying in her own home? Give me a break.

There really is no way to dance around it. Labeling Juneau as your primary residence when you spend 300 days a year in Anchorage so that you can collect a per diem is just flat out dishonest and unfair to taxpayers. I suspect this is why she stopped collecting these per diems when she joined the McCain campaign.

maleman on February 18, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Everyone lay off AP.

blatantblue on February 18, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Now you’re just asking for it.

Esthier on February 18, 2009 at 6:18 PM

you just love to get people mad. In the article it states she had the IRS do this oversight.

ousoonerfan15 on February 18, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Well, that’s probably what I’d do too if I were running a blog such as this.

Look, Palin supporters (I am one) are going to have to get used to legitimate criticisms of her. That said, I don’t see any willful evasion of taxes here a la Geithner and Daschle. Still, just the whiff of impropriety from a Republican ALWAYS lets Dems off the hook. That’s just the way it is. We have standards that we value; they just pay lip service.

ddrintn on February 18, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Wasn’t the 1000+ Bristol thread yesterday enough for you??

davek70 on February 18, 2009 at 6:10 PM

AP didn’t post that one, though. Ed did.

Snowed In on February 18, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Sorry…. I know it was Ed, but I know the two are working in cahoots to bump up the hits due to Palin threads.

davek70 on February 18, 2009 at 6:19 PM

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