R.D. Sahl on NECN just read a statement issued by Deval Patrick on the subject of tax problems. I didn’t get the full text of it, but the gist was that about a decade or so ago, Patrick and his wife entered into an installment agreement with the IRS to pay off an unexpected tax liability. When they missed one or two payments, the IRS filed a tax lien. The Patricks paid the whole thing off (I think about $8,000) within about five months.
Smart of Patrick to do this now, and in this way. Obviously it will be a minor story compared to St. Fleur’s withdrawal, especially since it’s a decade old and appears to be a non-story anyway.
UPDATE: Here’s the AP story.
FURTHER UPDATE: I haven’t found the actual statement from Patrick yet, but this AP story on the Herald’s site quotes more extensively from it and from him than other sources I’ve seen so far:
“More than a decade ago, Diane and I had an installment agreement with the IRS to pay, on a monthly basis, an unexpected tax liability,” Patrick said in a statement issued to The Associated Press. “We missed one or two of our installments. This triggered an IRS lien. We took immediate steps to pay off the balance and within five months discharged in full the $8,778 we owed.”… “Just like us, people find themselves in situations like this at points in their lives,” Patrick said. “A rare few are immune from tight financial times at one time or another. We met our responsibilities, paid our debt and moved on.”