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Tue Jun 11, 2019, 04:58 PM

AP: Rep. Omar filed joint tax returns before she married husband

Some questions and answers about the tax issue:

Q: What did Omar do wrong?

A: The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board said Thursday that Omar and her husband, Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi, filed joint tax returns for 2014 and 2015 — before they were actually married and while Omar was legally wed to another man. While some states allow for joint filing for “common law” marriages, Minnesota does not, and filing joint tax returns with someone who is not your legal spouse is against both federal and state law.

Q: How did this become public?

A: Last year, a Republican state representative accused Omar of misusing campaign funds, alleging among other things that she used $2,250 in campaign money to pay a lawyer for her divorce proceedings. The campaign finance board investigated and found she didn’t use the funds to pay for a divorce lawyer as alleged, but other irregularities were found. The board’s final report said “there was an issue with her tax returns that needed to be corrected” and that some campaign funds went to an accounting firm.

State officials ruled last week that Omar must repay her campaign committee nearly $3,500, including $1,500 for payments made to the accounting firm for services related to joint tax returns for 2014 and 2015. Omar must also pay a $500 penalty to the state.

Q: What has Omar said about this?

A: Very little. In response to questions from The Associated Press, her campaign sent an emailed statement saying, “All of Rep. Omar’s tax filings are fully compliant with all applicable tax law.” The campaign did not make Omar available for an interview or answer specific questions from the AP. In response to the overall campaign finance investigation, she said in a statement last week that she will comply with the state board findings calling for her to repay money and pay a penalty.


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Response to Let it go (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 05:23 PM

1. Single filing jointly

never heard of that?


Chris Wittich, an accountant who specializes in taxes at the Bloomington accounting firm Boyum Barenscheer, said that without seeing the returns it’s not possible to say whether any couple saved money by filing jointly. Wittich agreed to discuss tax filing errors generally, and not the Omar situation specifically.

“Filing jointly with the wrong person is really bad news for both of those people,” Wittich said. “They have signed up for joint liability.”

Don Cochran, an accountant and tax lawyer with his own firm, said if the tax savings is more than 10%, a substantial penalty applies. Misunderstanding a tax law is “not a serious problem,” he said, but proof of intent typically brings dramatically higher penalties, he said.

Wittich said good-faith errors are common in tax preparation. And Cochran said that, notwithstanding the ominous warning on tax forms that reads “under the penalty of perjury,” tax filers who make mistakes rarely face criminal jeopardy.

“It’s difficult to prove, and unusual,” Cochran said, again speaking generally. “The IRS doesn’t want to prosecute bad judgment.”

Pity there aren't any REAL Journalists left in America, This Scandal is Made for TV


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Response to Let it go (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 09:51 PM

2. She filed jointly with a man who wasn't her husband

while married to another man.

Her defense is that she was married (and divorced) "in her faith" meaning a religious ceremony was held but it wasn't recognized by the state.

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Response to Bob the Bilderberger (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 12:26 AM

3. It looks like she has a bright future as a Democrat in Congress. ...

Corruption is the name if the game in the Swamp.

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Response to Let it go (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 10:33 AM

4. Cmon, everybody knows the tax laws are Islamaphobic

They’re just picking on her again because she’s a woman and Muslim.

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