Add Touré & Joy-Ann Reid To The List Of MSNBC Journos With Tax Issues
Touré Neblett, journalist, author and MSNBC correspondent on The Cycle, is the latest notable name from that network to be hit with a tax lien.
“In September 2013, New York issued a state tax warrant to Neblett and his wife, Rita Nakouzi, for $46,862.68. Six months later, the state issued an additional warrant to the couple for $12,849.87,” reports The National Review.
He’s the fourth MSNBC reporter to run into tax trouble recently. Melissa Harris-Perry and her husband were hit with a tax lien over a past due $70,000 tax bill last week. And The New York Times went into great detail last year about the tax issues that Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network are facing. They totaled his tax bill at about $4.5 million. (Rev. Al maintained that he’s getting that all sorted out.)
And now we have word that Joy-Ann Reid is past due $5,000 on her taxes. The Reid Report was cancelled back in February.
Our first reaction is that all of these folks — especially Touré, Reid and Harris-Perry — need to find new accountants. When your taxes become more complicated you have to be sure you’re working with a tax professional who has a handle on the laws and paperwork that need to be filed to properly record what’s owed. Things like income from untraditional sources or contractual work, buying and selling property, or high business expenses caused by, for instance, lots of travel have to be treated with care so the IRS doesn’t think you’re trying to pull a fast one. The government does not play with its money, so you can’t either.