sarah-palin-shipma_1209904c.thumbnail.jpgWhile Republicans have made a big deal about the tax problems of some of Obama’s appointees and seven senators, they’d best remember that those who live in glass houses shouldn’t call the kettle names, since their very own Sarah Palin has some huge tax problems of her own.

Alaska state officials have determined that their Frost Lady must pay income taxes on thousands of dollars for per diems and "incidentals" she received while living at her Wasilla home.

Gov GILF’s office is being tightlipped on the matter, refusing to say how much she owes in back taxes for meal money. They also declined to state whether or not she intends to continue to receive the per diem allowance, which she has collected through December. Sharon Leighow, Palin’s spokeswoman, said in an e-mail:

The amount of taxes owed is a private matter. If the governor collects future per diem, those documents would be a matter of public record.

Aren’t elected officials’ tax records required to be public? 

During the presidential campaign it cam to light that Palin had charged the state almost $17,000 for meals and incidentals while staying in her own home, billing for 312 days during her first 19 months in office, about 16 days out of the month.

Records show she received $60 a day tax free, money intended to cover meals and incidentals, while traveling on state business.

Annette Kreitzer, state administration commissioner, said in a series of emails with the Anchorage Daily News:

Last fall we raised questions about longstanding practices within the Department of Administration regarding tax treatment of per diem payments…

At the Governor’s request, we reviewed the situation to determine whether we were in full compliance with the pertinent Internal Revenue Service regulations. As a result of this review, we determined that per diem needs to be treated as income, requiring a revision of W-2 forms for any affected employees.

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.