Haley's tax records show mishaps, liens

COLUMBIA --- On the campaign trail, South Carolina GOP gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley frequently cites her experience as the accountant for her family's clothing store, saying she oversaw its growth to a multi-million dollar operation, and the state needs such skills.

South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley has touted her experience as bookkeeper for her family's business. Tax records show the store has been penalized for not paying taxes.   Associated Press
Associated Press
South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley has touted her experience as bookkeeper for her family's business. Tax records show the store has been penalized for not paying taxes.

Records obtained by The Associated Press show the company has been penalized three times since 2003 for not paying taxes. In each case, the taxes were at least 19 months past due.

Two of the tax liens were for failing to pay corporate income taxes and one was for not turning over taxes withheld from employee checks. The company paid nearly $4,000 to remove them, with 43 percent covering penalties and interest. Credit records on the business show it frequently pays operating bills more than a month late, compared with an industry average of 10 days late.

In response, Haley's campaign said Thursday she is running, in part, because she wants to cut taxes that are too burdensome.

A key part of Haley's economic plan is to eliminate corporate income taxes, an idea the Legislature rejected earlier this year.

"The reason why I know I'm the right person to go into this next position is because I'm an accountant who knows what it means to stretch a dollar," Haley, a state House member, has said, citing her experience as being the family's bookkeeper since the age of 13.

Last month, a review of Haley's personal income taxes since 2004 showed she has repeatedly paid fines for failing to pay them on time, including twice filing more than 14 months late.

Research by AP turned up a fourth lien on her family's business from 2005, with a total of $601 resolved less than a month later, but a note says "filed in error." The state Revenue Department could not explain what that meant.

Tax experts say a state tax lien is filed only after a long, back-and-forth process between the government and the business. They also say the withholding penalty is more serious, since it involves the company taking money from employees but not sending it to the government.

The withholding tax lien against the clothing store accounted for $326 of the $3,928 paid to resolve the three liens.

Haley, Sheheen comment on the findings

Republican Nikki Haley's campaign declined to discuss the specifics of the liens against her family business Thursday, but did release a statement in response.

"As a family, we saw how hard it was to make a dollar and how easy it was for government to take it," Haley said in a statement. "I'm committed to making government friendlier to the people and businesses it serves."

The campaign of Haley's opponent, Democrat Vincent Sheheen, says characterizing the taking of employees' money as red tape is a fundamental misunderstanding of the law.

"Every time she touches a balance sheet, she leaves behind a trail of tax liens and penalties. If Rep. Haley really is an accountant, she is as incompetent as her mentor is at job recruitment," Sheheen spokesman Trav Robertson said, referring to Gov. Mark Sanford and the state's struggles with record-high unemployment.

-- Associated Press

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dwb619
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dwb619 09/09/10 - 06:59 pm
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Nimrata(her given name)

Nimrata(her given name) ,claims to be an accountant. However, no records can be found that she has passed any tests for the state of South Carolina. In Aiken last week, she advocated eliminating the corporate income tax,and re-instating the grocery tax.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 09/10/10 - 06:30 am
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OH NO!!!! GASP!!!! I feel

OH NO!!!! GASP!!!! I feel faint! Ms. Haley's cousin failed to file a few tax forms or pay a few dollars on time!!! YIKES!!! Oh my God!!!! This is a SCANDAL!!!!! This has me knashing my teeth, tearing my clothes, pulling my hair, and weeping from the terrible nature of GHASTLY CRIMES her relatives were supposed to have done to the kindly IRS....

This is about as rellevant as anything else they have thrown at this lady.

Is this news?

(eyes rolling)

Brad

dwb619
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dwb619 09/10/10 - 06:46 am
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Okay, let's look at her

Okay, let's look at her personal tax returns.
2005---filed July 30,2007
2006---filed July 23,2008
2007---filed Nov. 5,2008
I pay mine by April 15 each year, and I am not an accountant.
But, neither is Nimrata.

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ripjones 09/10/10 - 08:26 am
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dwb619 - a lot of people

dwb619 - a lot of people don't file by the 15th -- they file extensions. In most cases it takes extra time to gather all of the tax information from suppliers and such. And I have had a state tax lien placed against me for a sales tax issue with my truck in 1996. There was a mix-up with the taxes paid by the SC dealer, with me living in Georgia. Big deal. So don't vote for her.

maggiemae
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maggiemae 09/10/10 - 08:33 am
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Does anybody really care.

Does anybody really care. This is a politician.
What does passing a state test have to do with anything, she started keeping books at age 13. Did you ever hear of on the job training?

dwb619
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dwb619 09/10/10 - 09:09 am
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Yes , you may request an

Yes , you may request an extension,but the taxes still have to paid by the 15, her's were not. Check it out. In the state of South Carolina, you must be licensed to practice as a CPA, which she claims to be.

dwb619
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dwb619 09/10/10 - 09:12 am
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double post

double post

j2says
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j2says 09/10/10 - 10:34 am
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So, she wants to repeal

So, she wants to repeal corporate taxes and it comes to light that her business has had issues in the past with paying them...hmmm. Right, that's not important information at all, totally irrelevant. *rolls eyes*

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Junket831 09/10/10 - 10:09 am
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Brad, I'm a little

Brad, I'm a little disappointed with your response on this topic. Most of what has been thrown at this lady is hearsay and rumor. Which should not be taken seriously. However, this news is factual, unless she can refute it.

Being a true conservative does not excuse unethical behavior. One can still be for limited government, less taxes and basic values. But you need to pay your taxes on time, particularly if you want to run for office. This is not only true of Ms. Haley, but anyone on the ballot.

Essentially, this is disappointing in that Ms. Haley will be responsible for leading the way in SC for tax collections. Hard to hold the citizens to a standard when the leadership can't or won't do so.

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RoadkiII 09/10/10 - 11:54 am
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With the tax issues,

With the tax issues, shouldn't she be in the Current White House Resident's cabinet???

chascush
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chascush 09/10/10 - 12:31 pm
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deb619, ‘Okay, let's look at

deb619, ‘Okay, let's look at her personal tax returns.’
If she filled after 4/15 she would have filed for an extension just as I did. If she owned more taxes than she had already paid she would be required to pay a penalty and interest.
Many, many people do this each year and it is perfectly legal. Many in the Hussein administration cheated on their taxes and that is against the law but normal procedure in the Hussein administration.

chascush
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chascush 09/10/10 - 12:33 pm
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dwb619, 'I pay mine by April

dwb619, 'I pay mine by April 15 each year, and I am not an accountant.
But, neither is Nimrata.'
But she will be governor of SC next year.

chascush
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chascush 09/10/10 - 12:36 pm
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Junket831, 'But you need to

Junket831, 'But you need to pay your taxes on time, particularly if you want to run for office. This is not only true of Ms. Haley, but anyone on the ballot. '
As I said earlier if she filled after 4/15 she would have filed for an extension just as I did. If she owned more taxes than she had already paid she would be required to pay a penalty and interest.
Many, many people do this each year and it is perfectly legal. Many in the Hussein administration cheated on their taxes which is normal procedure in the Hussein administration and that is against the law.

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j2says 09/10/10 - 01:33 pm
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She will not be the next

She will not be the next governor of SC. As far as the people in the Obama Administration they are appointed and not elected. Anyone who wants to have the public trust and asking for others votes should have their business in order. Not to mention, she gets to help decide what is done with public tax dollars when she has a problem contributing herself.

dwb619
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dwb619 09/10/10 - 01:32 pm
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Nimrata, has claimed to be a

Nimrata, has claimed to be a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in accounting.

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corgimom 09/10/10 - 02:10 pm
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Sorry, Brad, failing to file

Sorry, Brad, failing to file withholding tax IS STEALING. The money never belonged to the firm.

There is NO SUCH THING as an extension on withholding tax.

And as governor, she is sworn to uphold state laws- and she doesn't abide by them herself.

And when you file an extension, that only buys you a certain amount of time. You don't get to pay it when you feel like it, and after 19 months, there is a penalty for failure to pay on time.

She wants to cut corporate income taxes? Well, money doesn't grow on trees, and cutting corporate income taxes means shoving even MORE tax burden on the middle class. Like ME.

The law says that if you file for an extension, you must pay your estimated tax liability AT THAT TIME. She didn't.

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Maggiemae, nobody learns enough "on the job" training to pass a CPA exam. Sorry you don't know that. The CPA test is a very rigorous test requiring tremendous knowledge- you need to know foreign currency, pension law, business law, the UCC, auditing, consolidated accounting, tax law- a clothing store doesn't provide anyone with that information. And that is obvious, since she doesn't know basic tax law that you learn as part of getting an accounting degree.

And THAT vast knowledge comes from me holding 4 degrees, including a degree in Accounting and an MBA.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/10/10 - 02:14 pm
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"Okay, let's look at her

"Okay, let's look at her personal tax returns."
2005---filed July 30,2007- Willful failure to file
2006---filed July 23,2008- Willful failure to file
2007---filed Nov. 5,2008- That got in under the wire, she could've filed a 4 month extension and then a 2nd one.

Even if you don't have the money to pay, you still have to file on time.

My brother- who didn't file a lot of returns on time, and he was due refunds- is now tagged as a habitual violator and will be prosecuted if he doesn't file timely returns from now on.

Is Nikki Haley special?

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corgimom 09/10/10 - 02:16 pm
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"What does passing a state

"What does passing a state test have to do with anything, she started keeping books at age 13. Did you ever hear of on the job training?"

It is illegal for anyone to call themselves a CPA if they are not licensed as such, and is punishable by fines and imprisonment. Just like doctors, dentists, chiropractors, teachers, etc.

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Chillen 09/10/10 - 02:57 pm
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Food for thought. 41 Obama

Food for thought.

41 Obama White House aides owe the IRS $831,000 in back taxes.

Federal employees across the nation owe $1 billion in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

Tom Daschle owed $120,000 to the IRS when he was bumped from VP contention.

Timothy Geithner owed $42,000 in back taxes when he was selected by obama.

In the House of Representatives, 421 people owe a total $6,524,892.

In the Senate, 217 owe $2,774,836.

In the Treasury Dept, 1,204 people owe the IRS $7,670,814.

463 people at the Labor Dept owe the IRS $7,481,463.

1,971 people at the Justice Dept owe $14,350,152 in overdue taxes.

4,856 people who work for Dept of Homeland Security owe the IRS a whopping total of $37,012,174.

Politicians, government employees and tax evaders. Synonyms for each other.

chascush
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chascush 09/10/10 - 04:50 pm
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corimom, ‘There is NO SUCH

corimom, ‘There is NO SUCH THING as an extension on withholding tax.’
You can get an extension on filing and if you owe more taxes than you have paid you have to pay the taxes, interest and any penalty. It is not against the law as long as you pay what the IRS says you owe. Typical liberals, you people are making up lies so Hussein administration will not look so bad.

chascush
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chascush 09/10/10 - 04:52 pm
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There is a big difference in

There is a big difference in filing late and lying on the tax return as many in Hussein administration did.

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texred 09/10/10 - 04:53 pm
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If you want your background

If you want your background to get a excellent check up -- just run for an office in Washington, or a state office --- now even on the city and county levels in some places ----- you will get checked out--- they might even check your mouth to make sure you don't lie about the number of teeth you have --LOL

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corgimom 09/10/10 - 05:47 pm
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"You can get an extension on

"You can get an extension on filing and if you owe more taxes than you have paid you have to pay the taxes, interest and any penalty. "

No you may not. You can on income taxes, but not withholding taxes. Because that money doesn't, and never did, belong to the employer.

941 taxes and state withholding taxes are payable by their due dates, there is NO SUCH THING as extensions.

Please educate yourself, there is a difference.

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palmetto1007 09/10/10 - 10:04 pm
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This is disappointing....more

This is disappointing....more and more bad press for SC. What a wasteland.

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Jake 09/10/10 - 11:28 pm
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Who cares? She is a

Who cares? She is a republican so it does not matter to some. Here in Calif we have Meg Wittman running as a republican for governor and she admits to have never registered to vote before. Who cares? She is a republican so it does not matter.

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Brad Owens 09/11/10 - 06:33 am
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corgimom, I had a garnishment

corgimom,

I had a garnishment because someone filed the WRONG tax reports on my sub-contract. I provided copies of all my paper work that showed I did not owe the money and yet they maintained the garnishment for many months beyond the clearing of my name.

Should I cry about the fact it took them over a YEAR to get it right?

As far as witholding goes, there can be many reasons why that was under reported, paid late, or mistakes made due to thye complicated nature of that. Lots of employees have problems with how much and how it is collected. Maybe they had HUGE turn over so it was hard to calculate or some fell through the admin cracks.

This is NOT a sign this lady cannot lead.

This is why good people canot run for office. It seems that you must have been groomed from birth by rich parents to be able to enter the 'ruling class' in America these days.

Why do you all pounch on the person and not the agency?

Maybe the mistake was the tax man's, like in my case, yet I had to FIGHT to prove I was not in the wrong instead of them having to PROVE I was in the wrong.

I don't trust the tax man or the government to get it right ever.

Why do we trust the tax man over one of our fellow citizens?

I would rather have a person who makes mistakes on payroll witholding taxes, meaning they HAVE employees and have HAD to make a payroll, than a government dependent or someone who has never tried.

The only exception is the VA,

Brad

P.S. I am NOT a Reichpublican nor do I live in SC so I am commenting strictly on the face value of this story. It seems to be a trumped up non-scandal, scandal.

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Rhetor 09/11/10 - 08:03 am
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Hmm. A major Republican

Hmm. A major Republican candidate turns out to be a liar and a cheat and a thief, and this bothers her supporters not at all. Typical.

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Brad Owens 09/11/10 - 08:06 am
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Rhetor, Who would you be

Rhetor,

Who would you be talking about, Nathan Deal?

Brad

Rhetor
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Rhetor 09/11/10 - 08:12 am
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No, Brad, I was talking about

No, Brad, I was talking about Haley, although truly many corrupt politicians can be found. What is irksome is the Republicans' repeated claims to be moral, pure, Christian, etc., coupled with the Tea Partiers' various exotic and moralistic claims, when they actually don't mean a word of it. For example, can the Republicans find even one anti-gay rights leader in their ranks who isn't actually gay? An honest government leader who doesn't cheat on taxes? etc. Actually, I don't think that this scandal, awful as it is, will hurt Haley's reelection chances. The people of S.C. voted for Sanford and Bauer knowing that they were complete fools, so maybe being a complete fool is a qualification to get the conservative voters.

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chascush 09/11/10 - 09:11 am
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Rhetor, ‘The people of S.C.

Rhetor, ‘The people of S.C. voted for Sanford and Bauer knowing that they were complete fools, so maybe being a complete fool is a qualification to get the conservative voters.’

The following is an article from the Czech Republic newspaper Prager Zeitung on April 28, 2010 that zeros in on the really serious problem in this country.
‘The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.
“The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.”
The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him president.’

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