California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger owes over $79,000 to the Internal Revenue Service, according to a lien filed by the IRS in Los Angeles. The Hollywood star turned politician, however, says the whole thing is just a simple mistake.
The lien was filed way back in May, but only came to public attention after surfacing on the Net on Friday. The unpaid taxes stem from Schwarzenegger’s 2004 and 2005 tax returns.
Press Secretary Aaron McLear issued a statement saying the tax lien was simply the result of a “minor paperwork tracking discrepancy.” In layman’s terms, a fuck-up. “The issue is completely unrelated to the payment of taxes,” McLear said. “The governor is resubmitting certain information to the IRS, and we fully expect that the matter will be resolved and the lien expunged without any penalty assessed upon the governor.”
Although many politicians make their tax records available for public review, Schwarzenegger has not been so forthcoming with his. He did allow reporters to examine his 2004 taxes, but has never released his 2005 tax returns.
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