Once again, state Rep. Darryl Rouson faces financial problems.
The St. Petersburg Democrat, along with his wife Angela, did not pay the Internal Revenue Service more than $155,000 in back taxes, according to a recently-filed IRS lien, reports Susan Taylor Martin in the Tampa Bay Times.
During one of the years owed in the lien — 2008 through 2010 — Rouson, a practicing attorney who recently opened up his own firm, had a $565,000-a-year position at the Tampa mega-firm Morgan & Morgan.
Back taxes are just the latest problems for Rouson, who was recently ousted as House Democratic leader after setting up a fundraising committee that bypassed the traditional party system. Some opponents say Rouson deposited checks meant for the Democratic Party into this separate account.
“I don’t take this lightly,” Rouson told the Times Tuesday. “I am working with my CPA and my tax attorney, and I’m very optimistic this will all get resolved.”
“It’s been a tough summer,” he added.
The IRS lien shows Rouson and his wife — a member of the board at the Pinellas County Housing Authority — owes $157,841 in taxes for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2010, Morgan & Morgan paid Rouson $565,000.
In the current financial disclosures submitted in July for 2012, Rouson claimed a negative net worth of $78,824, with a liability of $600,000 in mortgages on his home and a Tallahassee condominium. In June, theTimes reported Rouson was delinquent on three years of property taxes on the condominium.