Does John Kerry still owe paid back taxes on his $7 million yacht?
You may remember this story from July of 2010: John Kerry bought a new $7 million yacht and in order to avoid paying $500,000 in taxes to the state of Massachusetts (which he represents in the Senate by the way) he decided to register and berth his new yacht in Rhode Island. I have no problem with a person trying to lessen his or her tax burden, and in fact I think everyone should be paying lower taxes, but the problem here is that John Kerry does not feel the same way about taxes.
John Kerry is one of the Washington elitist politicians who feel as if the rich don’t pay their fair share and has called for raising taxes on the rich. Naturally John Kerry supports the Buffet rule and has called for increased taxes to punish those evil rich people even though he has gone out of his way to dodge Massachusetts state taxes on his yacht. And the yacht isn’t the only example: when Massachusetts lowered the income tax rate several years ago the state left an option on its tax forms which allowed anyone who wanted to keep paying the higher rate to do so–John Kerry has never checked that box.
When the yacht controversy became an issue he could no longer dodge John Kerry agreed to cut a check to Massachusetts in the amount of $500,000 for the sales tax he had tried to avoid and the issue disappeared.
But according to this story the Nantucket tax collector’s office has no record as having received the money from John Kerry, yet his office states he paid it last December. Someone is lying here and I can not think of one reason why the tax collector would lie about this when contacted by the Boston Herald.