FEDS FILE NEW LIEN AGAINST ACORN
State Attorney General Gears Up Probe as Payroll Tax Troubles Mount
By Steve Beatty
The Pelican Institute for Public Policy
Tax problems continue to build for the New Orleans-based national activist
group ACORN, with the IRS filing a $548,000 lien this month for two years
worth of unpaid payroll taxes, according to records in the Orleans Parish
Clerk of Court’s office.
The latest federal tax filing lists seven different payments that were missed
for unemployment taxes from July 2007 through March of this year. That
adds to an existing IRS bill of more than $1 million, which The Pelican
Institute detailed in an August report.
The latest federal filing, recorded Sept. 3, comes as Louisiana Attorney
General Buddy Caldwell investigates delinquent state payroll taxes from the
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now and its myriad
related groups. Caldwell is also investigating other allegations against the
And it adds to the maelstrom pulling at the organization after amateur
undercover filmmakers released video two weeks ago showing ACORN
workers giving tax-evasion advice to two people posing as a pimp and
In the Louisiana tax case, court records show the state Department of
Revenue filed two liens in January. The first, for $306,702, was against
Citizens Consulting Inc., the bookkeeping arm of ACORN. It describes
delinquent employee withholding taxes from late 2002 through mid 2008.
The second lien was against ACORN itself for $26,026, again for unpaid
Both state liens appear to be cancelled, according to a citation in the Clerk of
Court’s computer. State revenue officials will not discuss individual
taxpayer cases, so they could not confirm that the issue is clear. A
spokeswoman for Caldwell said investigators are still awaiting information
from subpoenas and couldn’t yet address the status of the liens.
“We have a full scale investigation into ACORN and all of its subsidiaries,”