Taxes are for the little people!

And I must be one of the small fry . . . not that I ever thought otherwise. I was more than a little annoyed that I had to pay an additional $5091 in income taxes, and it was a big hit: we had the money, saved up, but we are now going to have to pinch pennies for the next few months. Of course, your Editor never advocated raising taxes, unlike MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry:

IRS files $70K tax lien against Harris-Perry, husband
Famed talk-show host and WFU professor said $21,721 paid on Tax Day
Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 11:45 pm | Michael Hewlett | Winston-Salem Journal

The Internal Revenue Service has placed a tax lien on Melissa Harris-Perry and her husband, James Perry, for about $70,000 in delinquent taxes, according to a notice filed in Forsyth County Hall of Justice earlier this month.Harris-Perry is a well-known host of an MSNBC talk show and a professor at Wake Forest University. The IRS filed the notice April 6.

In an email Wednesday, Harris-Perry said she was unaware of the tax lien but knew about the debt. She said she and her husband paid $21,721 of the debt when they filed their taxes Wednesday. The remaining debt, $48,581, covers a tax period ending Dec. 31, 2013, according to the notice.

Harris-Perry said she and her husband had been working to pay off the debt but had to deal with a series of personal crises that caused the couple to pay off the debt a lot slower than expected.

More at the link. But let’s look at some of the things that Dr Harris-Perry has said before:




Or, apparently not pay her taxes, smile not required. Better check out those tweets of hers now; they’ll probably be deleted soon!

According to the site Celebrity Income Information, Dr Harris-Perry earns a salary of $1,207,000 a year, and has a net worth of $40,050,000; her husband’s income is not listed, though I assume that the listed net worth is for the family, not Dr Harris-Perry as an individual. The information is dated January 5, 2014, so it’s fifteen months old.

Just think about that: Dr Harris-Perry and her husband James have had a tax lien put on them for less than she makes in one month.  And with slightly over $40 million in assets, they couldn’t sell something to pay their overdue taxes?

Sorry, but I call bovine feces on Dr Harris-Perry’s “explanation” of their problems.  You don’t just not know about a tax lien being placed against you; that’s a legal process, and attorneys get notified of these things.  More, with an income like hers, the Perrys have to be quarterly tax filers, and that means, with their resources, an accountant.  Finally, the IRS does not just put liens against people blithely, and when it comes to a celebrity, they are going to be even more cautious. The Perrys didn’t just get behind in an agreed payment schedule, they quit paying at all, and never bothered to try to arrange things with the IRS to make things right; that hasn’t been documented, to be sure, but it’s the only way that the IRS would have placed a tax lien on such a prominent figure, and supporter of the President.

So, where did all of their money go?  The Perrys have an expensive lifestyle, with Mr Perry living in New Orleans, and Dr Harris-Perry residing in Winston-Salem. She does her show in New York City, which probably means an apartment there, though NBC might pay for that.  But at over $100,000 a month, it’s difficult for me to see how they can’t make ends meet well enough to pay their taxes, unless they are spending profligately on a whole bunch of things. Either they are making too large donations to the Hillary Clinton campaign, or eating way too many $300 dinners, or paying blackmail to someone, or have a huge debt to a drug dealer, or something eating away at their income.  Or perhaps, just perhaps, the esteemed Dr Harris-Perry is yet another liberal hypocrite, advocating higher taxes to pay for more social programs to benefit the poor, but not willing to pay her own taxes.

Well, I didn’t like having to write a big (for me) check to the Infernal Revenue Service, either, but I did it.1  I believe that our taxes are too high, way too high, but I still obeyed the law and paid them. My wife and I will have to economize now, because we virtually wiped out our savings account.2 No more curry chicken lunch specials for me for awhile; it’ll be bologna sandwiches at work! Maybe it’s time for Dr Harris-Perry to cut back a little on the luxuries herself, and pay her fornicating taxes!

  1. Technically, I authorized a direct payment from our checking account, in filing electronically, rather than physically writing a check.
  2. We still have assets, but they are tied up in property and retirement accounts; we have very little in demand deposits at the moment. Our total assets come nowhere close to those of the Perrys!


  1. And yet another one, from MSNBC:

    MSNBC’s Touré Has the Taxman on His Case
    by Jillian Kay Melchior April 22, 2015 4:00 AM

    And he’s just one of the network’s four tax scofflaws

    Touré Neblett, co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle, owes more than $59,000 in taxes, according to public records reviewed by National Review. In September 2013, New York issued a state tax warrant to Neblett and his wife, Rita Nakouzi, for $46,862.68. Six months later, the state issued an additional warrant to the couple for $12,849.87.

    In January 2014, Neblett tweeted, “Regressive taxation & tax-avoidance & union crushing & the financial corruption of legislation has fueled inequality more than hard work.” In 2012, he also criticized Republican politicians, saying they were “all afraid to vote for a modest tax increase of people who can totally afford it.”

    MSNBC’s hosts and guests regularly call for higher taxes on the rich, condemning wealthy individuals and corporations who don’t pay their taxes or make use of loopholes. But recent reports, as well as records reviewed by National Review, show that at least four high-profile MSNBC on-air personalities have tax liens or warrants filed against them.

    Last month, New York filed a $4,948.15 tax warrant against Joy-Ann Reid, who serves as managing editor of and until earlier this year hosted MSNBC’s The Reid Report, and her husband, Jason. Reid has called taxes on the wealthy “a basic fairness argument,” also arguing for “smart spending and smart tax increases” to create economic growth.

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