McClatchy: GOP Senator Calls On Democratic Rival To Reveal Whether She Escaped Taxes Some Years

McClatchy: GOP Senator Calls On Democratic Rival To Reveal Whether She Escaped Taxes Some Years

Raleigh, NC —In a breaking story out tonight by McClatchy, Deborah Ross refused to release her tax returns to prove she never avoided paying state or federal income taxes as a result of her actions in the General Assembly. This is the third time a reporter has presented Ross with an opportunity to prove she didn’t avoid paying income taxes and each time she’s dodged the question.

North Carolina voters deserve to know if Ross, who personally benefited from the tax credits she championed in the General Assembly, was also able to avoid paying state or federal income taxes as a result of her actions. 

McClatchyGOP Senator Calls On Democratic Rival To Reveal Whether She Escaped Taxes Some Years

“Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina on Wednesday called on his Democratic challenger, Deborah Ross, to release the cover sheets of her tax returns to show whether she and her husband capitalized on hefty credits for historic renovations to pay little or no state or federal taxes at times over the past decade.

“‘There are serious questions about whether there are years where Deborah Ross avoided paying state or federal income taxes,’ Burr said in a statement. “The voters of North Carolina deserve to know if the actions Ross took as a legislator allowed her to pay little or no federal or state income taxes.

“‘I am calling on Deborah Ross to release her tax summaries for the years that would have been affected, when she and her husband qualified for $267,000 in tax credits.’

“Burr said that if Ross obliges and releases the summary sheets, ‘in a show of transparency’ he would make public summaries of his state and federal tax returns dating to 2004 when he first won his Senate seat. A campaign spokesman, Jesse Hunt, said Burr was speaking about the first two pages of each return.

“Through a spokeswoman, Ross promptly rejected the offer. There is no evidence that Ross’ legislative actions, while a North Carolina House member from 2003 to 2013, enabled her husband to qualify for the credits from his renovation hobby.

“‘Deborah is not going to engage in his desperate political stunts that are simply aimed at distracting North Carolinians from his record of working to make himself richer in Washington,’ campaign spokeswoman Helen Hare said.

“McClatchy reported exclusively last week that Ross and her husband, Stephen Wrinn, qualified for $267,000 in tax credits between 2006 and 2014 for Wrinn’s work in preserving historic features while renovating their colonial Raleigh home, an adjoining rental unit and a century-old mill in the Blue Ridge mountains.

“The state credits were already in place when Ross won her state House seat in 2003, and there is no evidence that she or her husband engaged in illegal or unethical behavior.

“However, she was a leading champion of the state program offering 20 to 40 percent historic tax credits, depending on the type of construction, during her decade in the state House. In 2013, before leaving office, she proposed unsuccessful legislation to repeal a law canceling the tax credits. At the time, her husband was working to finish the mill renovation before the program was due to lapse on Jan. 1, 2015.