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Rep. Joyce Chandler (HD 105): Disputed tax liens top $525K

Rep. Joyce Chandler (HD 105): Disputed tax liens top $525K
October 20, 2016 --

Oct. 20, 2016 — Rep. Joyce Chandler and her husband owe more than a half-million dollars in back income taxes, federal tax collectors say, and the amount appears to be growing.

The IRS in July filed a lien for $519,000 including interest and penalties, just the latest development in a decade-long attempt to collect taxes from the legislator and her husband, Martin.

“It was all my deal. She had nothing to do with it,” Martin Chandler said.

House candidate Linda Pritchett (HD 63): Lost house over 6-yr tax bill, filed RICO suit

House candidate Linda Pritchett (HD 63): Lost house over 6-yr tax bill, filed RICO suit
July 18, 2016 --

July 18, 2016 — In 2008 Linda Pritchett bought a house in Forest Park, hoping to flip it for a quick profit. The crash of the housing market changed her plans. She kept it without paying property taxes for six more years, until Clayton County sold the home to recoup unpaid taxes and penalties of more than $8,900.

Pritchett wouldn’t give up without a fight, though. In 2015, she filed suit to allege that procedural missteps should void the tax sale. Claiming defamation and violation of privacy, Pritchett also sought damages from the county and the new owner under a racketeering statute.

Pritchett’s legal fight was hardly her first time in a courtroom. WGCL-TV (CBS46) has reported that Pritchett pleaded no contest in 2010 to forging the registration sticker on her Lexus’s license plate. WGCL’s Jeff Chirico reported that Pritchett also had convictions in Virginia for larceny, driving with no insurance and expired registration.

SD 43 candidate Tonya Anderson: March disclosure 3 months late

SD 43 candidate Tonya Anderson: March disclosure 3 months late
July 6, 2016 --

July 6, 2016 — Ex-Rep. Tonya Anderson plunked down the $400 qualifying fee for her 2016 Senate race in March, but she didn’t file the campaign disclosure that was due a couple weeks later.

Not until July 5, that is — after Atlanta Unfiltered had called her twice to ask where it was. (She didn’t return our calls, though.)

Rep. Rashad Taylor: Unpaid taxes, missing disclosures

Rep. Rashad Taylor: Unpaid taxes, missing disclosures
December 14, 2011 --

Taylor, a political consultant,  has stayed busy running other candidate’s campaigns, but he’s cut a few corners in running his own. Five times since 2008, Taylor failed to disclose his personal or campaign finances, neglecting to report receipt of at least $11,225 in campaign contributions as a consequence. “There’s really no excuse for not having filed my disclosures that are missing,” Taylor said. “I just haven’t gotten it done.” Taylor also fell behind on his state income taxes, incurring liens totaling $3,161 for 2008 and 2009.

House Speaker David Ralston: Lingering tax Q’s, $1M loan

House Speaker David Ralston: Lingering tax Q's, $1M loan
December 12, 2011 --

Rep. Ralston, who championed a 2010 law that he touted as ethics reform, accepted a $17,279 lobbyist-funded trip to Europe later that year for himself, his chief of staff and their families. Ralston has had recurring tax difficulties, facing state and federal tax liens of more than $500,000, and he’s needed a little help paying off those debts.

House speaker’s disclosure omits $1M debt

House speaker's disclosure omits $1M debt
July 6, 2011 --

House Speaker David Ralston, for the first time in five years, has disclosed his wife’s ownership of an undeveloped 10-acre tract in Dawson County. The speaker, who last week added the property to his financial disclosures, said he’d simply forgotten. What he still hasn’t reported is the more than $1 million he’s borrowed, using collateral that’s valued at less than half that much.

One legislator = 8 years of unpaid taxes

One legislator = 8 years of unpaid taxes
March 10, 2010 --

Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam has racked up $22,381 in liens for unpaid federal and state income taxes for eight consecutive years. The state Revenue Department executed the latest lien Jan. 25, shortly after reporting that a House member had not filed a 2008 tax return, but officials aren’t saying whether it’s her. “I don’t have money,” Abdul-Salaam said. “I struggle like most of my constituents, but I never run from my obligations.”

Tax delinquents abound in ATL District 11 council race

September 9, 2009 --

Atlanta voters can choose between two big-name tax delinquents this fall among a large field of candidates hoping to replace longtime City Council member James Maddox. Property records are littered with dozens of liens, cancellations and transfers of debt to private collection services naming former Fulton County Commissioner A. Reginald Eaves and former City Councilman Morris Finley. Many of the debts remain unpaid. Each has accumulated liens totaling more than $20,000 since 2004.

New tax troubles for Reps. Talton, Mangham and others

New tax troubles for Reps. Talton, Mangham and others
August 13, 2009 --

Aug. 13, 2009 — Several Georgia lawmakers have gotten deeper into tax trouble this year, even as legislative ethics panels investigate some members’ failure to pay income taxes, property records show. The biggest unpaid bill belongs to Rep. Willie Talton of Warner Robins, who owes $39,197 for local property taxes.