Uh oh. Guess who owes back taxes?
Joe the Plumber.
Yep, the Holland, Ohio, man who, thanks to last night's presidential debate, has become the symbol of small business owners looking to lower their company taxes, owes the Ohio revenue department almost $1,200.
According to Bloomberg.com, records on file with the Lucas County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas show that the state filed a tax lien against Samuel J. Wurzelbacher for $1,182.98 on Jan. 26, 2007, that is still active.
The state of Ohio places a lien on real property after several steps to try to collect a tax debt, John Kohlstrand, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Taxation, told Bloomberg.
If a delinquency notice goes unheeded, the Department of Taxation issues a billing notice.
If that is ignored, a more formal assessment notice is sent.
Failing to appeal an assessment or losing an appeal puts the debt into the hands of the state attorney general for collection. The attorney general typically sends a collection notice and simultaneously files a lien.
"The taxpayers may not necessarily know about the lien,'' Kohlstrand said, although they would receive other notices.
The notice to Wurzelbacher apparently was sent to a previous address in Toledo.