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Reed was late paying property taxes 38 times since 2005.

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Aug. 19, 2013, 7:42 a.m.

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

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