D.C. Council Member Barry Slapped with Tax Lien


For a man who serves on the finance committee overseeing the expenditure of billions of tax dollars, it’s incredulous that Marion Barry cannot keep his own tax liability current. According to the District of Columbia Office of the Recorder of Deeds, the IRS has filed a tax lien against Barry for unpaid taxes of $3,200 in 2010. This tax lien is not the first. There was another one prior to this filed two years ago for $15,000 unpaid taxes between 2005 and 2008.

On top of these two liens, former mayor Barry pleaded guilty to misdemeanor in another case involving more than $500,000 in unpaid taxes derived from his earnings as a consultant from 1999 to 2004. In March 2006, Barry was sentenced to three years’ probation as a result. The latest lien was worded in a similar way as the last one – “As provided by … the Internal Revenue Code, we are giving a notice that taxes (including interest and penalties) have been assessed against the following named taxpayer (referring to Barry). We have made a demand for payment, but it remains unpaid.”

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