IRS files new lien against business owned by congressman, state senator
The IRS has slapped another tax lien on a business co-owned by U.S. Rep. Tom Graves and Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers.
The $7,467 lien, filed Jan. 31 in Gordon Superior Court against Tich Properties LLC, claims payments are due for three quarters in 2008 and 2009. The IRS filed a similar lien in December for $1,498, which Rogers described as a penalty for failing to submit W-2 forms for one quarter of 2007.
Tich Properties is the former owner of a subsidiary business and Calhoun motel that are the subject of a pending $2.2 million lawsuit for defaulting on a loan from the Bartow County Bank. Rogers and Graves have said they sold the motel and subsidiary in 2009.
Graves, through a spokesman, said last week that there’s nothing to worry about:
“After the company resolved the last matter, the accountant worked with the IRS to review payroll records and determine if any other paperwork needed to be resolved. This lien appeared back in January while they were in the midst of that process, and after confirming with the IRS that the company’s paperwork was in order, the accountant was told this would be cleared in thirty to sixty days.”
Rogers did not return a telephone call seeking comment.
Tich Properties owns property in Gordon and Fulton counties, including a one-bedroom condo on West Peachtree Street in Atlanta, records show.