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Boccieri GOP foe disputed taxes

Published: Wed, April 14, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.


John Boccieri

Associated Press


The leading GOP challenger to Democratic U.S. Rep. John Boccieri was assessed nearly $1.4 million in unpaid state taxes, interest and fees in 2006 — a finding he fought vigorously but eventually paid.

Republican Jim Renacci and his wife, Tina, filed adjusted gross income in 2000 of negative $247,000, but a state audit calculated the sum at $13.7 million, according to an Associated Press review of public documents. The couple was assessed $954,650 in unpaid taxes, $146,938 in interest and a $293,876 penalty as a result of the discrepancy.

Renacci, of Wadsworth, has made his success as a businessman and proponent of fiscal discipline a linchpin of his campaign against Boccieri, among the nation’s most- vulnerable congressional Democrats.

He is the Ohio Republican Party’s pick for the nomination, which also is being sought in the May 4 GOP primary by former Ashland County Commissioner Matt Miller, radio talk-show host Paul R. Schiffer and H. Doyle Smith.

Boccieri, an Air Force pilot and repeat Iraq war veteran, was elected in 2008, seizing a district that had leaned strongly Republican for the many years it was held by GOP Rep. Ralph Regula. His political vulnerability grew after he voted for President Barack Obama’s health-care reform bill. During the days just before and after that vote, Renacci’s campaign raised $60,000 from supporters.

Campaign spokesman Jim Slepian said Renacci was among many Ohio taxpayers who fought similar assessments against income they held in trust in S corporations that they believed to be tax-free. The Renaccis’ trust held about $14 million before it was liquidated in October 2000.

Slepian said Renacci paid federal taxes on the sum as well as fully reporting the trust’s contents to state tax regulators on his 2000 return. He said Renacci believed assessing taxes on income that had been built up over four years in a previously tax-free trust amounted to retroactive taxation.

Court filings indicate the Renaccis persisted in challenging the taxation of S corporations long after other taxpayers. In an October 2007 brief, for example, state attorneys told the 9th District Court of Appeals in Medina County that the Renaccis were the only taxpayers to assert that penalties in such cases were an abuse of the commissioner’s discretion.

Copyright 2010 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


1Silence_Dogood(1669 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Bye , bye John !

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2JaQuanNuby(8 comments)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

Mr Boccieri paid his taxes.
The Republican did not and was forced too!
Mr Boccieri is a better citizen, a true veteran and a public servant than this republican bum thief opponent!
The amount the GOP person paid would take Mr. Boccieri about 15 years just too earn.
The republicans want service, roads, water systems, fire & police, protection, steady income streams,
clean air to breath, clean water to drink, safe food supplies and protection for their families and yet they don't call that socialism. They don't want to pay for anything, yet they want to enjoy the fruits of this country without paying for it because they call that Socialism. What Hypocrites! It's all socialism when everybody has to pay for progress and well being.
Republicans are problem makers and not problem solvers.
Republicans ALWAYS cause the problems and criticize and yet never have any solutions on how to fix problems.
The God of the Republicans is:
God help this country from the selfish republicans ("tea"totalers) creeps.

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