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  Maldonado's family farm settles tax bill with IRS
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Last EditedThomas Walker  Aug 12, 2010 03:08pm
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AuthorJack Dolan and Shane Goldmacher
News DateTuesday, July 27, 2010 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionReporting from Sacramento — The lieutenant governor's brother and father paid $111,146 in back taxes Monday but said they were doing so "under protest" because they dispute the charge.

California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado's family farm paid $111,146 in back taxes Monday, following reports in The Times that the federal government had placed a lien on the business.

Maldonado's campaign manager sent media organizations a copy of an IRS lien release Monday afternoon, saying the document had been obtained earlier in the day after a representative of the Maldonado farm delivered a check to the IRS offices in Santa Maria.

Accompanying the lien was a statement that said Maldonado "advocated paying the IRS bill off as soon as it was presented," but he was outvoted by the other two board members of Agro-Jal Farming Enterprises: his father and his brother.

The statement, from the lieutenant governor's brother Frank, said the company paid the tax "under protest" because it disputes the charges. But he and his father decided to pay the tax to avoid more bad publicity.

"What two of us failed to realize was that even if Agro-Jal's actions were 100% proper, the lien filed while we were disputing the bill would cause great political embarrassment to Abel," the statement said.
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