Mayor: "I've given you enough information" about tax debt

Chris Miller
February 01, 2020 - 4:15 pm

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell briefly spoke about the recently-publicized tax lien on her house, saying it's "too complicated" to go into detail, according to the Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate.

Cantrell did say most of the $95,000 lien reported was from penalties and interest, not actual tax owed. She also said she and her husband have hired a tax attorney to dispute the matter with the IRS. She did not give details on how they fell behind in taxes to begin with.

"I believe I've given you enough information," she said when asked about it at a news conference Friday afternoon. "I don’t anticipate or expect to go into that level of detail especially when it’s so complicated and you don’t have the information."

Cantrell's mayoral salary this year is $174,650. A financial disclosure report from 2018 listed her husband's income from his law practice as more than $100,000.

The paper says the current liens date back to 2013, finding that the IRS put liens on Cantrell’s home in 2018 for about $43,000 for taxes owed from 2013-15. In 2019, another lien was filed for $31,000 in unpaid taxes from 2017. Earlier this month, the IRS filed another lien for about $19,400 in unpaid taxes from 2018.

When Cantrell ran for Mayor in 2017, the Lens reported on nearly $30,000 in unpaid taxes from 2010-12.

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