Billionaire Gubernatorial Candidate Has Employed Household Servants For Decades But Failed To Pay Taxes
Sacramento – The California Democratic Party today called on Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman to release income and employment taxes for all the years that she employed household help, after records emerged of a court judgment against her for failing to pay employment taxes for household servants she employed in her Boston mansion. Whitman, a billionaire former-executive, and her husband employed household servants – including a cook-housekeeper and a nanny – for decades.
Documents obtained from the Boston Municipal Court Department’s Civil Division cite a judgment of $1,648.58 against "the Defendant" Margaret [Meg] Whitman. Whitman and her husband lived in Boston for the better part of the 1990s.
"Most appointed officials have justifiably faced scrutiny over unpaid taxes," said John Burton, Chairman of the California Democratic Party. "Here we have someone who is seeking elected office and clearly thinks the same rules don’t apply to her."
Whitman’s campaign has been plagued by calls to release her tax returns. Questions have also emerged about her charitable foundation’s past investments in Caribbean tax havens like Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.
"It’s true that most of us don’t know what it’s like to be a billionaire and to keep household servants but you would think she could afford to pay the $1,648.58," said Burton. "This development only adds to the long list of questions that are starting to pile up on team Whitman’s doorstep. At this point, nothing short of a full accounting of her tax records for all the years she kept household servants will put some of these questions to rest."