Sen Joe Manchin late on tax payments, records show

 July 7, 2023

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has reportedly been late on recent tax payments, according to a recent update.

Manchin has been late on tax payments in his county in West Virginia over the past three years, a report from NBC News noted.

The details

"Just last week, Manchin paid off nearly $700 he owed to Marion County, West Virginia, in back taxes accrued over the past three years on a pontoon boat and multiple trailers. In 2020, he made nearly $630 in back tax payments to the county for taxes he owed on cars, boats and trailers from 2016, 2017 and 2018," NBC News reported.

“Like most West Virginians, Senator Manchin has always paid every tax bill he’s received in full and any lapse in payment has been quickly rectified as soon as he has been made aware,” a Manchin spokesperson said in a statement to NBC News.

Republicans respond

“Joe Manchin voted to raise West Virginians’ taxes with the Inflation Reduction Act but can’t be bothered to pay his own,” Tate Mitchell, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said in a statement provided to the Washington Examiner.

“Manchin’s hypocrisy knows no limits," he added in the statement.

Issue overblown?

"Marion County Clerk Julie Kincaid insisted the late tax payments made by Manchin were 'tremendously overblown' as she recognized the low amounts he owed," according to Fox News.

"I’m pretty sure this is something that just has not been brought to his attention or merely slipped off the radar," said Kincaid, a Democrat. "It’s probably one of those mountain-out-of-a-molehill situations. I mean, I get it, he’s very high-profile."

The report comes as Manchin has yet to announce whether he plans to run for reelection for Senate in 2024.

Manchin has also not ruled out running for president, including a potential third-party run designed to appeal to moderates in both parties upset with partisan politics.

The tax report may be minor compared with the investigations facing the president and former president but show that Manchin has his own issues being attacked even before he makes a decision about his political future.

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