Rep. Tom Reed (R), who serves on the Ways and Means Committee, "was late paying his property taxes 38 times between 2005 and this year "“ including at least 18 times since he joined Congress in late 2010. Tax records from Steuben and Chemung counties, where Reed owns or has owned several properties in addition to his family home, show that Reed has paid $3,486.51 in interest and penalties because he has repeatedly been late on his property taxes by a month or two."
Reed said he was unaware about the scope of his late payments, highlighting the fact that he "has been involved in many investment properties, sometimes on his own and sometimes with partners." Reed: "Obviously we are meeting our obligations. All the taxes have been paid in full, and we'll continue to make good on all our obligations. Since there's so many different entities here, we obviously try to work hard to do it on time, but we can't guarantee that just like with everything else, something may not happen in the future."
"Eight of the late tax payments came on Reed's family home in Corning. Reed was a month or two late in paying his county taxes on his home every year between 2005 and 2012, except for 2009." Reed: "Obviously, that's all part of our personal bills, and my wife and I attend to that."
"A source who asked not to be identified reported Reed's tax troubles to The Buffalo News, which then verified the tax records and shared with Reed a spreadsheet detailing the late payments. Reed angrily lashed out at the disclosure of his tax records, alleging that Democrats taking aim at him in his 2014 re-election campaign were responsible for finding and publicizing the late payments."
IT WASN'T US. Tompkins County Legislature Chairwoman Martha Robertson's (D) campaign said it was unaware of Reed's late payments. Robertson spokesman George Koutsos: "This is the first we've heard about it. And if these facts are true, and Tom Reed considers them negative, whose fault is that? He should pay his taxes like everybody else." (Buffalo News)
-- Kevin Brennan