Kerry Blames $820K IRS Tax Lien on Clerical Error

The IRS has filed a tax lien of $819,848 on the 2004 presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., but his office claims the debt has long been paid.

The IRS filed the lien earlier this year after a long-running dispute over payroll taxes, according to the Washington Times, although Kerry’s office said that the IRS mishandled W-2 payroll tax forms that had been submitted back in 2005.

A Kerry spokesperson told the Associated Press that the lien was the result of a clerical error. However, the IRS tax lien said, “We have made a demand for payment of this liability, but it remains unpaid.”

Kerry’s office said that staff has been checking periodically with the IRS to find out why the tax lien has not yet been resolved.

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