D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown pays back taxes on home in full, spokeswoman says

Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 15, 2011; 3:43 AM

A spokeswoman for D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown said her boss paid his outstanding District property tax bill in full Friday, settling a debt that had been building for 18 months.

Amy Bellanca, Brown's legislative counsel, said the at-large council member delivered a check for $14,117.70 to the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue on Friday morning, the same day The Washington Post reported on the debt.

Bellanca said the check "clears up the entire bill."

Brown was traveling with family Friday and was unavailable to comment, Bellanca said. A spokeswoman for the Office of Tax and Revenue did not return calls seeking to confirm Brown's payment.

According to public records, Brown owed the District more than $14,000 after he failed to pay his property taxes on his Chevy Chase home, which is assessed at $1.4 million, in late 2009 and last year. He told The Washington Post that he thought his mortgage lender had been paying the bills.

Brown, an independent, is advocating raising taxes on city residents earning $250,000 or more to help close a $440 million city budget gap next year.

Records show this wasn't the first time Brown, who earns more than $300,000 a year, has been faced with a tax debt. In April, the Internal Revenue Service filed a $50,000 lien against Brown for failure to pay income taxes dating to 2004. Brown, who is on a repayment plan, said the problem arose when the IRS recalculated some of his deductions.

In 2007, Brown paid $12,700 to settle a liability for unpaid District income taxes, interest and penalties from 1999.

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