Democrat California Congressman Owes Nearly $145k in Unpaid Federal Income Tax

A Democrat California Congressman, TJ Cox owes nearly $145k in unpaid federal income tax to the IRS.

Cox claims he’s on a repayment plan but it’s not the first time he’s had a lien. He previously paid off a lien of $48k for unpaid taxes from 2015.

Tribune reports Rep. TJ Cox owes nearly $145,000 in unpaid federal income tax, according to a new lien the Internal Revenue Service placed on him and his wife earlier this year.

The lien against the Fresno Democratic congressman lists about $87,000 in unpaid federal income tax for 2016 and about $57,000 in unpaid incomes tax in 2017. It says the IRS had contacted Cox and his wife about the debt prior to filing the lien.

“We have made a demand for payment of this liability, but it remains unpaid,” the lien notice, placed on Jan. 27, states. “Therefore, there is a lien in favor of the United States on all property and rights to property belonging to this taxpayer for the amount of these taxes, and additional penalties, interest, and costs that may accrue.”

A representative from Cox’s re-election campaign said the congressman is in the process of paying the IRS and is currently on a repayment plan.

Cox was an entrepreneur for decades, founding dozens of businesses in real estate, health care and various production companies. He resigned from or dissolved the majority of those businesses in June 2019, after he was elected to Congress.

His financial disclosure covering 2016 and 2017 lists five different sources of significant income, ranging from $50,000 per year to up to $1 million per year, plus dozens of smaller sources of income.

It’s not the first time Cox has had a federal lien assessed against him and his wife. He previously paid off a $48,000 lien in November 2017 that the IRS assessed against him for unpaid income taxes for 2015.