July 20, 2016 — Voters in House District 62 can choose between two runoff candidates with substantial federal tax debts. The IRS last year filed a $32,610 lien against William Boddie for seven years of unpaid taxes dating back to 2006. In February 2016, the Georgia Department of Revenue filed an income tax lien of its own for $15,043.
Boddie, in an interview, said he is taking care of the debts under an approved payment plan and hopes to have it all paid off this year. He blamed the matter on a payroll system at his law firm that was “not quite working.”
State Rep. Paulette Rakestraw Braddock owes more than $36,000 in taxes, interest and penalties, the IRS says. But the debt will not affect her standing as a Georgia legislator. The debt for unpaid payroll taxes was incurred by the Paulding County lawmaker’s failed direct-mail marketing firm, but she said she couldn’t negotiate a settlement until the debt was rolled over to become her personal liability.