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Friday, April 21, 2006

Anti-tax crusader Norquist failed to pay taxes?

Could we normal people get away with this? This is unAmerican. Ship him to Gitmo! -hl

Raw Story

Public records suggest that Grover Norquist, president of the conservative Americans for Tax Reform lobby group, has neglected to pay his Washington, DC property taxes for the first half of this fiscal year.

The discovery was made by Campaign for a Cleaner Congress, an organization that has targeted corporate lobbying and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX).

As of Apr. 18, Norquist's taxes on his $850,000 Washington townhouse had not been paid for the first half of the 2006 fiscal year. Norquist's taxes were due Mar. 31.

Norquist owes $3,822 to the Office of Tax and Revenue, a figure that includes a charge of $394.21 in penalties and interest for failing to pay on time. While no payment appears in D.C. public records at TaxpayerServiceCenter.com, it's possible that the anti-tax crusader's check simply hasn't been processed. Washington D.C. property tax payments can be reviewed here.

Norquist's 810 Constitution Avenue townhouse is assessed at $858,220. The District has proposed his property assessment rise to $1,009,740 for 2007.

Norquist is an inveterate critic of government taxation and once famously declared he wanted to get goverment "down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub." Currently, his Americans for Tax Reform group is under scrutiny by the Senate Finance Committee for its role in handling money in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.

ATR took $25,000 from a Texas Indian tribe and another $25,000 from a Louisiana tribe to help set up a meeting with President Bush, hosted by Norquist. The White House has denied knowledge of the transacation, and Abramoff is not known to have said the payment was required to meet the President.

Campaign for a Cleaner Congress has more Norquist property documents here.