Palins Haven't Paid Taxes on Vacation Cabins

Not ex-governor's job to report new buildings, her lawyer says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 4, 2010 10:08 PM CST
Then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and husband Todd are seen in a 2008 photo.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Records show that Sarah Palin hasn't paid any property taxes on cabins built on two backcountry plots partially owned by the former Alaska governor. There are no tax assessments for the two-story, house-sized cabins, a workshop and a sauna spotted today in an aerial survey. Property taxes totaling $156.13 were paid on the land in 2009—but that bill did not include anything for the structures because the local assessor didn't know about the new construction.

The issue has attracted the attention of local tax officials who conducted the scheduled aerial survey of properties in the area. Palin's attorney said it is not the responsibility of property owners to report structures that go up on their land. "It is the borough's job," he tells the AP. "The property taxes on this parcel are fully paid and have never been delinquent." The local assessor, however, said owners are required by state law to report any omissions or errors in their tax assessments.

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