Oh. My. And I thought Denny Hoskins was having a bad freshman year before the news broke yesterday that he owes over $20,000 in back taxes on properties owned by Hos Properties, LLC, the rental property business he owns with his brother.
I would imagine it is something of a toss-up which Denny Hoskins regrets more this week…All that yammering he did about being a CPA and how responsible he would be with the taxpayers money, or the slim 122 votes that he won his seat by.
We snagged a screen shot of his website to preserve his touted CPA bona fides
To his credit, he didn’t lie and obfuscate when confronted with the information available in the public record.
Rep. Denny Hoskins admitted to The Daily Star-Journal on Wednesday that he failed to pay more than $16,000 in taxes last year.
Hoskins owed the tax bill for the entire 11 months he has served as a House member, with the debt beginning Dec. 31.
Hoskins – who touted being a certified public accountant and who made working to improve the economy cornerstones of his election campaign last year – blamed the failure to pay taxes last year on the recession. He said Hos Properties LLC, a company owned by Hoskins and his brother, owes the taxes.
“It’s not something my brother and I are proud of, but our rental property business is struggling just like other, many Missouri businesses, and when our tenants are struggling to pay their rent due to the economic recession, we struggle to pay our mortgage payment and property taxes,” Hoskins said.
In addition to owing $16,091 in taxes used to fund local schools and other taxing entities, Hos Properties owes $4,227 in penalties.
Now, beating up on Denny Hoskins is just about my favorite sport outside of World Cup Soccer. I think he’s a moron and an embarrassment and has no damned business in the state legislature. But do I think he would be behind in his taxes if the economy didn’t suck and people were paying their rent?
Honestly, no. I don’t. I feel the same way his opponent does.
The only announced candidate in the race for Hoskins’ seat in the 121st District, Courtney Cole, Warrensburg, said she paid all of her taxes.
“Of course I did,” Cole said. “They can check all they want.”
Cole said she “feels bad for him,” but everyone must pay taxes.
“I feel he’s doing a disservice to our district by not paying his taxes, especially somebody who’s an accountant. It’s unfortunate that he doesn’t do what’s expected of all of the citizens within the district,” Cole said.
And they have obviously been trying to collect on monies owed, filing in small claims court to collect on the bad debts their tenants have left them holding. But on the other hand, Warrensburg is a small town, and they got twenty grand in arrears on taxes, so I have to ask…was anyone paying their rent?
A small claim filed by HOS Properties
…signed by Denny Hoskins.
On yet another hand, he hasn’t let us forget since he announced he was running for the seat, he is a CPA and the code of conduct that he is sworn to mandates he pay all taxes on time, for himself and his clients. And that’s pretty immutable.
Same old story, getting so tired of the Republicans lies. Do as I say not as I do………..
Sure the economy has caused problems for many, but I am not willing to feel sorry for Hos Enterprises. They get absolutely no sympathy from me. A CPA who fails to pay taxes is not a CPA at all. Why couldn’t he find someone to loan him the money? Why are his property taxes on the list of things that don’t need to be paid? Why aren’t they included in his mortgage in the first place? I had my own tax problem several years ago, but I am not, nor have I ever claimed, to be a Certiried Public Accountant. As you said his oath requires that he pay his taxes, so now he is a confirmed liar and tax cheat and I am not going to let up on him.
Bob Yates said:
I’m having a serious attack of Schadenfreude.
It is still before noon, so the obvious cure is not available.
To paraphrase Keith Olbermann: “And this man is somebody’s accountant!”
Michael Bersin said:
Michael Bersin said:
“Tax payment installation plan”? How do the rest of us get in on this action?
That didn’t sound right.
I called the Johnson County Collector, Ruthane Small, and asked her about the requirements for collecting tax bills. She told me that taxes are due and payable on December 31st. They are delinquent, if not paid, on January 1st. As for any “installation” plan, the tax statements issued by the Johnson County Collector state: “partial payment or proration of tax is not accepted by law.” Ruthane Small went on to say that no partial payment for a single property can be accepted, but that full payment for a separate parcel (property) which may constitute a smaller part of the total bill can be paid. As we understand it there were two properties with bills that were much smaller (by comparison) than the two largest parcels. As of my phone conversation with Ruthane Small this afternoon, none of the bills for the parcels have been paid.
And now he’s a victim? Uh, didn’t the Warrensburg schools lose out on revenue because he hasn’t paid those taxes for almost a year?
Michael Bersin said:
…Denny Hoskins paid his bill: