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Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby pay off their federal tax lien

Nick and Marilyn Mosby have paid off a $45,000 federal tax lien filed against them last year, records show.

The Internal Revenue Service in February 2020 levied the lien against the power couple — he is Baltimore’s City Council president; she is the city’s state’s attorney. It’s related to unpaid federal taxes from between 2014 and 2016, according to the filing in Baltimore City Circuit Court and both Mosbys.

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The lien was recorded as “satisfied” in favor of the government June 28, court records show. The Mosbys’ attorney, A. Scott Bolden, declined to comment Tuesday.

The unpaid lien surfaced last fall, as Marilyn Mosby was facing questions over her extensive out-of-state travel. Since then, it was revealed that the U.S. Attorney’s Office is conducting a criminal tax probe of the couple, their campaigns and business interests. The Baltimore Sun first reported that grand jury subpoenas were issued in relation to that case in March.

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Nick Mosby said in October 2020 that he had been in conversations with the IRS for five years and expected “to have the issue resolved in the coming days.” He said it resulted from an early withdrawal from his retirement savings plan, which he said he did to “support unplanned expenses after a series of family tragedies.”

His explanations about the lien have at times been muddled or contradictory.

He said in November that the lien had been “settled” and “paid.”

Then, in an April interview with WYPR’s Tom Hall, Nick Mosby said a lien had never been placed on his property: “There’s no lien on any property. However, as I told you that, you know, I did owe taxes like millions of Americans.”

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The lien, and now the government’s release, is recorded in Baltimore Circuit Court.

According to the IRS, a lien is the government’s legal claim against property when someone fails to pay a tax debt, and protects the government’s interest in all of a person’s property, including real estate, personal property and financial assets.

Notice of the lien showed the couple owed nearly $23,000 for the 2014 tax year, more than $19,000 for 2015 and about $3,000 for 2016.

Since last fall, Marilyn Mosby has purchased two homes in Florida for more than $1 million combined, including a condo on the Gulf of Mexico that closed just days before her campaign said it was exploring setting up a legal-defense fund for her mounting attorneys’ fees.

Those attorneys’ fees related in part to an investigation Inspector General Isabel Cumming conducted into Marilyn Mosby’s travel and private companies she formed, including Mahogany Elite Travel and Consulting. Mosby herself requested the investigation. She has said Mahogany exists in name only and was formed to help underserved Black families vacation around the world at affordable prices.

The Inspector General’s office issued a report in mid-February saying that Mosby spent 144 days away from her office in 2018 and 2019 and violated city rules on travel; Mosby disputed that contention while raising questions about the Cumming.

Cumming’s inquiry and Mosby’s public complaints led to changes in the Board of Estimates’ travel policy for elected officials, who now must come before the board for approval when they receive travel expenses greater than $100. Nick Mosby abstained from the vote.

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