D.C. Council’s Michael Brown was tardy on 2009 income taxes


Michael A. Brown (Michael Temchine/The Washington Post)

In January, Tim Craig and I reported that D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown (I-At Large) owed the city more than $14,000 in property taxes on the Chevy Chase home he owns with his wife. Brown said he was unaware of the debt, and a day later he paid the property tax debt in full.

That wasn’t the only tax bill the Browns were dealing with at the time, it turns out.

On Feb. 2, two weeks after the property tax issue was settled, the Internal Revenue Service filed a lien against the Browns’ home for $13,773.62 in unpaid income taxes dating to 2009.

As with the property taxes, the Browns made good with the government. The IRS filed another document on May 4 certifying that the debt had been satisfied.

In the weeks before and after the debt was cleared, Brown took a leading role in advocating for an income tax rate hike on wealthy city residents to help close a $322 million budget gap.

Brown is also subject to a previous lien for a total of $50,000 in unpaid income taxes, interest and penalties from 2004 to 2008. Brown has previously said that the debt was due to the recalculation of some itemized deductions, and he remains on a payment plan for that debt.

Brown declined to comment Monday about the now-satisfied 2009 debt. “It speaks for itself,” he said.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.
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