Nikki Haley paid taxes late

Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010 3:40 PM
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COLUMBIA — Tax records revealed Wednesday showed South Carolina Republican gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley repeatedly paid fines for not paying her income taxes on time.

Haley, a fiscal conservative and tea party favorite, cites her experience as an accountant on the campaign trail. But she and her husband have filed their taxes late since at least 2004, according to records released by her campaign.

In 2004, the couple received state and federal refunds, but since then the state legislator and her husband have been fined nearly $4,500 on late federal taxes owed. Their tax returns for 2005 and 2006 were each filed more than 14 months late.

“Like many others, the Haleys availed themselves of the opportunity to file extensions when necessary, and when they got their taxes prepared, they filed them and paid any interest they were required to,” spokesman Rob Godfrey said in a statement.

The Haleys jointly made $65,700 in 2004, the year she first won her state House seat. They reported $196,300 last year, much of which came from her assistant executive director position at a hospital.

Haley released her tax returns for 2007 through 2009 before her June 22 primary runoff, which showed she’d earned consulting fees from one of the state’s largest engineering firms. Wilbur Smith Associates said the pay was for generating business leads.

She released three additional years two weeks after her opponent, Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, revealed 10 years of his returns and challenged her to release more.

Haley has made transparency her key issue, but Sheheen has called her a hypocrite.

Following allegations of an affair with a political blogger and a lobbyist that arose before the primary — which she quickly denied — Haley wouldn’t release her legislative e-mails, saying she refused to be distracted. She also cited an open records exemption for state legislators.

Sheheen released his legislative e-mails Wednesday and challenged Haley to do the same.

“Candidates must practice what we preach,” Sheheen said in a statement.

As in June, Haley allowed reporters to review and make notes from her income tax returns but would not allow them to be photocopied. Asked why, Godfrey would only say that’s campaign policy.

Most of the Haleys’ 2004 reported salary came from her job as bookkeeper for her family’s upscale clothing store. Their combined income increased to nearly $86,000 in 2005, as she became a legislator, and profits for his company, National Barter Co., more than doubled.

But their income dropped to $40,300 in 2006, as she switched to part-time with the family store and his business reported a net loss. That year, self-employed Michael Haley joined the South Carolina National Guard and reported $970 in income from the military.

In campaign speeches, Nikki Haley frequently talks about her husband’s military service and notes he puts on his uniform daily. Since 2007, 1st Lt. Michael Haley has worked full-time as a National Guard Equal Employment manager, and is an officer in the Medical Services Corps, according to the state National Guard.

Last year, he reported nearly $66,000 in military pay, while Nikki Haley reported $22,000 as a legislator and $107,000 from Lexington Medical Center. Godfrey would only give her former title there — assistant executive director — but would not disclose her responsibilities. She left that job in April to run full-time for governor. A spokeswoman for Lexington Medical did not immediately respond to a message.

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baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 08/04/10 - 03:51 pm
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lol....Republican, Democrat,

lol....Republican, Democrat, Tea Party......they are all the same.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 08/04/10 - 04:02 pm
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At least she paid them...some

At least she paid them...some do not pay until they are outed.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 08/04/10 - 04:07 pm
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People don't like the IRS,

People don't like the IRS, this will not hurt her.

Brad

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johnston.cliff 08/04/10 - 04:08 pm
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I don't understand. She paid

I don't understand. She paid her taxes. She paid them late. She had to pay penalties, which she did pay. ?????? What's this mean? She pays her taxes? That's supposed to be bad?

baronvonreich, you're saying all people are alike and so all should be treated alike?

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 08/04/10 - 04:18 pm
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Cliff, sorry you hero has

Cliff, sorry you hero has chinks in her armor.If she aspires to be the states governor, she could have been more responsible. Rep.Charlie Rangel paid his late, but your view was totally different.

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Brad Owens 08/04/10 - 04:26 pm
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RCR1, Rangel's troubles are

RCR1,

Rangel's troubles are not like hers at all. Besides, does anyone really care about this, I mean really?

Has anyone ever looked at a name on a ballot and said, "That candidate was late paying taxes a couple of times and had to pay extra, I think I'll vote for the other person." YAWN.

Brad

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chascush 08/04/10 - 04:26 pm
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RCR1, I'm glad you are back.

RCR1, I'm glad you are back.

chascush
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chascush 08/04/10 - 04:33 pm
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The AP did a terrible job on

The AP did a terrible job on this article. You can be fined for not paying taxes even though you fill at the end of the year. If a person income is sporadic and they don’t pay enough estimated tax during the year they have to pay a penalty. I’m not sure if that is what the AP is saying but the AP for sure does not like Haley. .

chascush
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chascush 08/04/10 - 04:41 pm
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RCR1, ‘If she aspires to be

RCR1, ‘If she aspires to be the states governor, she could have been more responsible. Rep.Charlie Rangel paid his late, but your view was totally different.’
There is a big difference, although most liberals don’t understand it, between paying late and INCOME TAX EVASION.
I understand your reasoning after all you compared GA’s AD Damon’s firing to Sanford’s keeping his job. Actually Damon resigned out of disgrace.

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csrareader 08/04/10 - 04:55 pm
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Another waste of news sprint

Another waste of news sprint and/or bandwith by the Augusta Chronicle. She PAID her taxes. She paid a penalty for paying late. I'm certain that many of your readers have paid a bill late. No story here.

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 08/04/10 - 04:58 pm
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Chacush and Brad why the

Chacush and Brad why the double standard? What she did is just as irresponsible as Charlie Rangel.BTW Chacush, Mark Sanford left the state without letting his staff know for five days. Not only did he derelict his duty as governor, he was off cheating on the state's first lady on Father's Day.What if there had been an emergency and he was needed?You guys have selective outrage.

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montega12 08/04/10 - 05:58 pm
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wow you people a mad about

wow you people a mad about this hell half of our congress including geithner had no intention of paying their taxes until they get caught you folks are too funny

montega12
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montega12 08/04/10 - 06:02 pm
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you know geithner he just

you know geithner he just like ovesees the tax scam thing you know the treasury secretary he didnt pay medicare and social security taxes FOR YEARS let me guess thats bushes fault too

mable8
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mable8 08/04/10 - 06:42 pm
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Well lah-de-dah! At least she

Well lah-de-dah! At least she paid them along with the interest--and that's more than the big O and his cronies (including good ole charlie xxx) have ever done. Matter of fact, they still have NOT paid those taxes or the interest or the fines......so it's business as usual in the DC Swamp.

KSL
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KSL 08/04/10 - 07:10 pm
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We pay ours late every year.

We pay ours late every year. We get the extension, file on time for that and pay interest and penalty for not having paid enough during the year. Both of us are self employed. Our incomes are not regular. It's not a crime. It's not tax evasion, like plenty of well known dems are guilty of. The government gets extra money from us because we take advantage of a legal late filing.

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KSL 08/04/10 - 07:16 pm
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RCR, big difference, Rangel

RCR, big difference, Rangel was trying NOT to pay them. He didn't just file late.

Actually, I believe the IRS likes for people to take advantage of the filing extension. They get interest without owing interest on those who over pay. Also, it lightens their burden of having to deal with everyone's return April 15. They get to get returns up until October 15.

The automatic extension that you could request used to go until August 15. You could get the Oct. 15 extension, but you had to justify. Darned if the IRS didn't change it to October for the automatic extension.

And she is being criticized for taking advantage of that? Anyone trying to make an issue out of that is just plain ignorant.

csrareader
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csrareader 08/04/10 - 07:12 pm
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richmondcountyresident ---

richmondcountyresident --- your user name explains your philosophy.

Lookeron
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Lookeron 08/04/10 - 07:51 pm
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Haley & Palin, birds of a

Haley & Palin, birds of a feather. Hold them up to public scrutiny long enough and their true colors shine through. Ain't transparency grand?

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crackerjack 08/04/10 - 08:00 pm
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She paid late, filed an

She paid late, filed an extension with the IRS to put off payments till later, which admits you owe the taxes, but you are unable to pay at this time for lack of funds,and therefore they paid the fines and penalties associated with that extension.

Rangel failed to report the property he owns in another country and got caught, among other things.

KSL
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KSL 08/04/10 - 08:01 pm
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How about the colors of

How about the colors of Pelosi, (educate yourself on what she has done to improve the status of herself and her husband at taxpayer expenses), Rangel, Geithner, Kerry, now Waters and countless others. Now there you have birds of a feather.

KSL
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KSL 08/04/10 - 08:04 pm
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crackerjack, they do not seem

crackerjack, they do not seem to have the ability to distinguish the difference between actual cheating, attempting to get away with not paying taxes due and putting it off with penalty and interest until you do have the ability to pay.

KSL
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KSL 08/04/10 - 08:06 pm
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It's been decades, but don't

It's been decades, but don't forget the Clintons had tax problems, as well. The old Dem Do as I say, not as I do.

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corgimom 08/04/10 - 09:03 pm
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Any taxpayer can file for an

Any taxpayer can file for an automatic extension for four months, and it has nothing to do with having money or not. And after that, another extension has to be filed, but the 2nd one has to be approved by the IRS. When you file an extension, you must pay whatever taxes that you estimate are due.

Filing an extension DOES NOT mean that you "get to put off the payments till later." If you don't have the money to pay at the time of filing, the IRS bills you. If you still can't pay, you can set up a payment plan-but you have to prove to the IRS that you don't have the money to pay. Filing and paying are two separate issues.

The rest of us file on time, or get an extension and file within that time. Why can't she? She's going to be influential in making state tax laws, but she can't follow the rules like the rest of us?

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dwb619 08/04/10 - 10:09 pm
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The taxes are one thing. What

The taxes are one thing. What I found interesting is that it takes $100,000 to buy a state politician with a do nothing title/job at a hospital.

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Dixieman 08/04/10 - 10:40 pm
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She still has my vote. This

She still has my vote. This is a non-story.

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johnston.cliff 08/04/10 - 11:35 pm
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everyone on here that tries

everyone on here that tries to make this non-story have legs is proving that it's a non-story. Comparing her tax paying to Rangle's non-tax paying just emphasizes that the criminal from Harlem should be severely fined, removed from office and face jail time.
This isn't a double standard, it's to totally dissimilar cases.

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CATFISHSTEW 08/05/10 - 08:03 am
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This was a no story from the

This was a no story from the jump...want a story find out who is buried in
Grants tomb..If the old locks on the river were to fail where would be the best place to catch catfish...Broad or Greene St. Now there..these are
stories you can sink your teeth into

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