MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry joins Al Sharpton in gallery of tax deadbeats – Owe’s IRS $70,000
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and her husband, James Perry, owe about $70,000 in delinquent taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, the Winston-Salem Journal reported Thursday.
The IRS filed a tax lien on the Perrys on April 6 for the outstanding debt, which is from 2013. In an email to the Winston-Salem Journal, Harris-Perry said she was unaware of the tax lien but knew about the debt and that she and her husband had paid $21,721 toward the total owed. She said personal crises had caused them to pay off the debt slower than expected.
“We were aware that we would continue to need to work to pay off the 2013 debt,” Harris-Perry wrote in the email.
Harris-Perry hosts MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry” show on weekend mornings and is also presidential chair at Wake Forest University, where she attended college.
An MSNBC spokesperson declined to comment on the tax lien.
Harris-Perry is not the first MSNBC host to owe taxes to the IRS. In November, The New York Times reported that the Rev. Al Sharpton had “more than $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses.” The same report found that Sharpton’s taxes with the state of New York were growing, even as he and his National Action Network “repeatedly failed to pay travel agencies, hotels and landlords.”