Al Sharpton still too busy to pay his taxes

MSNBC host and perpetual race agitator Al Sharpton certainly gets around quite a bit. Any time there’s any sort of Black Lives Matter protest or urban unrest with a race relations twist, Sharpton seems to appear within hours as if by magic. So busy is the man’s schedule that he apparently still can’t find time to sit down with an accountant and clear up more than a half million dollars in unpaid taxes which the IRS has been pestering him about for some time now. In a follow-up to their previous reports on the subject, the Daily Caller finds that both Sharpton and his MSNBC colleague Joy-Ann Reid are still on the Tax Man’s naughty list, despite assurances last year that they were working to settle up their accounts.

Reid, who replaced Melissa Harris-Perry as a weekend host on May 7, still owes the entire sum National Review reported last year.

Meanwhile, Sharpton, whose state and federal delinquencies are the stuff of legend, has, according to records accessed Monday evening at least two open New York tax warrants for nearly $600,00. One judgment, dated May 19, 2009, is for $103,156.06. The other, from December 16, 2008, is for $492,612.41.

Sharpton insisted to the New York Post and New York Times in 2014 that he was paying down his debts. The Times article noted that his insistence conflicted with “information provided by state officials.”

The back story provided by the Daily Caller is probably more interesting than the simple, blood red balance sheet of Sharpton’s taxes. The fact that the Reverend Al doesn’t tend to pay what’s due is hardly a newsworthy item at this point. We previously discussed the findings of several news outlets which showed that every single business and “non-profit” entity which Sharpton has ever been involved with has, at one time or another, come under investigation by the IRS and found to be delinquent. Finding out that he’s still far underwater on his debts is a dog bites man story.

But the spin put out by some defenders of Sharpton and other MSNBC personalities has been truly staggering. The Daily Caller reminds us that former Politico media blogger Dylan Byers reported on the subject at length last year. It was repeated multiple times that Sharpton and the others were in the process of paying down their debt, without citing sources to back up the assertion. Who could possibly know the details of their arrangements in that regard aside from the IRS (who couldn’t legally comment on it if they wanted to) and the MSNBC staff themselves?

Seeing the balance sheet this week, it’s clear that those assertions were false, at least in the specific cases of Sharpton and Reid. (Two other hosts who were on the air last year, Touré Neblett and Melissa Harris Perry, were similarly in hock to the IRS but appear to have squared away their accounts. Good for them.) For people who regularly lecture the nation about how rich people need to pay their fair share, these two certainly don’t seem to feel that the rules apply to them as well.


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David Strom 12:01 PM on October 07, 2022