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Stutzman: Tax warrant shortage paid


– Congressman Marlin Stutzman is apparently current on his tax obligations to the state of Indiana but a tax warrant remains active in LaGrange County.

The warrant was filed against Stutzman and his wife, of Howe, March 11. It alleged he owed a total of $2,466 for state individual income taxes. Most of the amount was the unpaid tax with a small penalty.

“It was an accounting error and it was taken care of. There was a penalty I had to pay but it should be updated soon. I’m just going about my business and letting my accountant take care of it,” Stutzman told The Journal Gazette.

Stutzman said the commissioner of the Indiana Department of Revenue assured him the warrant will be removed.

Revenue Spokesman Bob Dittmer said he couldn’t discuss a taxpayer’s account. But he noted if the warrant is satisfied or recalled the public court filing in LaGrange County will be updated within a few days.

He acknowledged the department has been in contact with Stutzman. Stutzman’s office released a letter from the Indiana Department of Revenue dated Monday saying “you are in good standing with the Indiana Department of Revenue. There are no unpaid tax liabilities, warrants or liens against your name.”

Gov. Mike Pence said Stutzman stopped to see him last week but he didn’t know what the topic was. Pence was on vacation and didn’t speak to the congressman.

Stutzman said he left a note for the governor last Thursday but “it never even crossed my mind to talk to him about the tax warrant.”

Stutzman had a similar warrant filed for $97.13 in September 2010 but it was paid in October of that year.