(RightWingAmericans.Com)- What would you do if the IRS was after you for unpaid back taxes? Would you work out a payment plan? Would you plead with the IRS for leniency? Would you ask friends and family for help?
If you’re T.J. Cox, a Democratic representative from California, you would loan your own election in excess of $250,000.
The IRS has filed liens against Cox for federal unpaid income taxes for both 2016 and 2017 in the amount of $145,000. The state of California has also slapped him with a lien of $30,000 more for unpaid personal income taxes for 2017.
But that apparently didn’t scare Cox straight. Instead, reports show he loaned his campaign $250,000 between July 2017 and March 2018 as he was trying to defeat California Republican David Valadao. He defeated Valadao, who was then the incumbent, by less than 1 point in that election, and the two will again face off in an election this year.
If the primary results translate to the General Election in November, things could bode well for Valadao in his search to re-claim the seat. California has an open primary, and vote tallies saw Valadao receive 53% of the vote compared to Cox, who got only 36%.
This isn’t Cox’s first run-in with the IRS, either. He paid a $48,000 to the IRS in 2017 for unpaid income taxes, a lien he blamed on the IRS, saying:
“I have lived through basically bureaucratic incompetence. My check was stuck on the back of somebody else’s payment.”
Cox is no stranger to economic issues in other areas of his life, either. His two business — which process nuts — have been slapped with many liens in the past, and it was also the subject of a lawsuit filed in December that alleged both fraud and failure to repay loans that totaled $150,000. Of course, Cox claimed the suit was “politically motivated.”
It should come as a surprise to no one, after reading this, that Cox was one representative who voted against the Members of Congress Tax Liability and Garnishment Accountability Act of 2020. That proposed law would require all members of Congress to list all their back taxes as part of their financial disclosures. If any back taxes are owed, their wages would be garnished, with the money held in escrow until all the liens are satisfied.
That vote drew the ire of Vadao, who said Cox was “using his vote in Congress to protect himself.”
It certainly seems that Cox’s vote in this matter was motivated by a personal issue, one that some hypothesize may allow him to hide even more potential fraud — or at least keep the public’s eye off his financial situation.
Cox is the current representative from the 21st congressional district in California. His narrow victory over Vadao in 2018 was considered many to be a major upset. But Vadao is hoping to reverse that storyline in November.