Nick Mosby said he had been in conversations with the IRS for five years and expected “to have the issue resolved in the coming days.” He said it related to an early withdrawal from his retirement savings plan, which he said he did to “support unplanned expenses after a series of family tragedies.”
Marilyn Mosby said she was unaware of the lien and declined to discuss the matter further.
According to the IRS, a lien is the government’s legal claim against your property when you neglect or fail to pay a tax debt, and protects the government’s interest in all your property, including real estate, personal property and financial assets.
Baltimore tax lawyer Juda Gabaie said the length of time the IRS takes to pursue what it is owed and file liens “really depends on many factors.”
“They try to give opportunities to taxpayers to try to get them resolved,” he said.
The court filing indicates that the IRS took steps to collect the debt before initiating the lien.
“We have made a demand for payment of this liability, but it remains unpaid. Therefore, there is a lien in favor of the United States on all property and rights to property belonging to the taxpayer,” the court filing said.
As state’s attorney, Marilyn Mosby earns about $242,000 a year. Nick Mosby earns $50,000 as a state delegate and will make $119,000 as the Baltimore City Council president if he wins next month’s general election. Marilyn Mosby took office as state’s attorney in 2015, while Nick Mosby was a City Council member during the tax years in question.
It is not the first time the Mosbys have faced a tax lien. In 2013, a $5,000 state tax lien was placed on their property. Records show that the lien was paid off within two months.
Marilyn Mosby, a Democrat, launched her run for state’s attorney that year.
She is currently under investigation — a process she says she initiated — by Baltimore’s Office of the Inspector General regarding three companies she created last year. In documents establishing the entities, she wrote that Mahogany Elite Consulting would offer legal and consulting services; Mahogany Elite Travel would provide travel and hospitality services; and Mahogany Elite Enterprises LLC would function as a holding company.
Through a spokeswoman, Marilyn Mosby has said that the companies exist in name only and that she formed them to eventually help underserved Black families vacation “throughout the world at discount prices.”
The Baltimore state’s attorney’s office denied a public records request by the Baltimore Sun seeking emails that mention her businesses and are stored on her government computer, arguing that they are exempt from disclosure because they are part of the investigation by the inspector general.
Marilyn Mosby said she has done nothing wrong.
“I have always been transparent and fully disclosed all information in accordance with my ethical obligation,” she wrote.
As the Democratic nominee in a heavily Democratic city, Nick Mosby is the favorite to be the next council president, though he still must defeat Republican nominee Jovani Patterson in the Nov. 3 election.
— Baltimore Sun
Talia Richman and Tim Prudente contributed to this report.