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1:16 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Kuster Apologizes But Offers No Explanation For Late Tax Payments

Ann McLane Kuster
Ann McLane Kuster

Democratic Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster says she is working to get caught up on unpaid property taxes on her two New Hampshire homes.

With a payment of just over $7,000 to the town of Hopkinton, Ann McLane Kuster is up to date on property taxes owed on the house she and her husband own.

The town’s tax collector confirmed the payment arrived Tuesday morning. It was due at the end of last year.

The payment came a day after media reports surfaced about Kuster being behind on property taxes owed on two homes.

Kuster and her husband also owe roughly $4,000 in unpaid property taxes on their rental property in Jackson.

An official at Jackson Town Hall said Tuesday afternoon the town had not yet received payment, but Kuster said in a prepared statement that the money is en route.

Kuster offered up no explanations, saying only that she quote-regrets the delay and apologizes for the inconvenience. She says all future tax payments will be delivered promptly.

Tax records show the Kusters have a history of late payments on property taxes.

In a statement released Tuesday, the New Hampshire Republican Party pressed Kuster for an explanation, saying her net worth is estimated at nearly$2 million.

Just last month, reports surfaced about an IRS tax lien on Jennifer Horn’s Nashua home. Despite the reports, Horn was elected the leader of the Republican party.

Ryan Williams, a senior advisor to Horn, says she handled the situation differently. 

"Jennifer was very up front about the struggles facing her family during the recession while her husband lost his job. She took steps to fix the issue and she discussed it publicly," Williams said. "Ann McLane Kuster is a multimillionaire lobbyist turned Congresswoman who has the means to meet her tax obligations and she is refusing to tell her constituents why she chose to deliberately miss these payments over the last three years."