IRS Mysteriously Wipes Out Roger Stone Tax Liens
Roger Stone continues to reap the benefits of being an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump. Back in July Trump commuted his longtime friend’s three year prison sentence just days before Stone was set to report to federal prison in Georgia. He was convicted in November 2019 of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing a congressional committee proceeding during former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Now it comes to light that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the Trump administration has withdrawn tax liens of more than $1 million it had filed against Stone for unpaid taxes going back to 2007. The paperwork was filed Oct. 5 in Baltimore and was first reported Monday by Detroit News court reporter Robert Snell.
Scoop: President Trump's friend Roger Stone catches another break. Three months after the president commuted Stone's prison sentence, the IRS erased a $1,000,000+ lien for unpaid federal income taxes https://t.co/b7Sr2PJLZi
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— Robert Snell (@robertsnellnews) November 9, 2020
In releasing the liens, the IRS states that Stone has satisfied “one or more elements of the Internal Revenue Service Code,” but it doesn’t indicate whether or not Stone had paid the outstanding income tax, penalty and interest bill. The notice indicates the lien has been withdrawn, not satisfied, which would indicate the amount due would have been paid.
Last year Stone had complained in the media that the worst part of being caught up in Mueller’s investigation was “being broke.”
He told the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel that his legal bills had forced him and his wife to move out of a nine bedroom Fort Lauderdale mansion to a one-room apartment. Stone said at the time he also had lost his insurance, savings and ability to make money.
In September Stone spoke at two events in Las Vegas to raise money to pay off his legal debts. One was an afternoon affair for small-dollar donors. A VIP dinner later the same day was for those willing to donate $500 or more to his cause. The events were organized by Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore.