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Another S.C. Lawmaker Faces Big-Time Tax Problems

Last November, FITS published a story exposing the serious tax problems of S.C. Sen Karl Allen (D-Greenville). According to county tax records, Allen owes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tens of thousands of dollars dating back to 2006 – including a pair of liens filed as recently as last February….

Last November, FITS published a story exposing the serious tax problems of S.C. Sen Karl Allen (D-Greenville).

According to county tax records, Allen owes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tens of thousands of dollars dating back to 2006 – including a pair of liens filed as recently as last February.

This month we’ve uncovered another state lawmaker staring down similar issues.

According to documents provided to FITS, S.C. Rep. J. David Weeks (D-Sumter) has had several liens filed against him in his home county – include state and federal tax liens.

Sources at the Sumter County assessors’ office confirm the largest federal tax lien in Weeks’ name is for $74,512, while another federal lien is for $5,268. Meanwhile a state tax lien in Weeks’ name in the amount of $326 is also on record.

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All of those liens list 2 Marlborough Court in Sumter, S.C. as the address of the debtor – which is the same address listed by Weeks in the S.C. Legislative Manual (and on his official website).

Here’s where things get interesting. Documents provided by our sources reveal numerous other tax liens at the same address (2 Marlborough Court) in the name of “David W. James” or “David Weeks James.”

These include liens in the amount of $5,900, $5,733, $4,725, $4,717, $4,261, $4,087, $3,928, $2,054, $1,783 and $1,504 – all to the state.

Weeks, an attorney, has served in the S.C. House since 2001. Like his Democratic counterpart in the Upstate, it looks like he’s got some serious explaining to do regarding his personal finances … to say nothing of how he can consistently vote to raise taxes that he doesn’t pay.

Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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6 comments

Carl January 8, 2014 at 9:37 pm

pay day lending is gonna make a fortune off these guys.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein January 9, 2014 at 8:35 am

Pro Tip:
Some uh da broddas (an sistas) play fas an loose wid dere names.

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Smirks January 9, 2014 at 8:59 am

You would think lawmakers have a vested interest in paying their taxes. After all, they likely spend it on benefiting themselves either way.

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shifty henry January 9, 2014 at 9:28 am

The appearance is that the brothers are subsidizing the other brothers. This is from the IRS and the SCDR – among other agencies.

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Gillon January 9, 2014 at 9:58 am

The solution for tax dodgers and cheats like Weeks, Allen, Kris Campbell, Harold Washington, et. al. Is very simple. They should pass a law allowing campaign funds to be used to pay taxes as “a legitimate campaign expense.” Hell, too many officeholders use campaign funds to pay for everything else.

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Gillon January 9, 2014 at 10:36 am

Correction. That should be Kris Crawford. (R.-Florence)

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