Karol Brown is running for the Bellevue City Council, and she believes many people should pay more in taxes.  Unfortunately, she apparently owed over $135,047 in IRS tax liens herself from recent years, so when she says she believes everyone should pay their fair share, she appears to be exempting herself from the same tax responsibility she expects to see from everyone else.  Apparently one month before she filed to run for office, she paid the IRS for the back taxes. 

Karol Brown, candidate for Bellevue City Council

According to the IRS:

“A federal tax lien is the government’s legal claim against your property when you neglect or fail to pay a tax debt. The lien protects the government’s interest in all your property, including real estate, personal property and financial assets.”

Candidate Karol Brown is an immigration attorney, and one of three candidates vying for position 4 on the Bellevue City Council.  A Federal Way native, she moved to the Eastgate area 15 years ago, and spent some time in the political trenches as chair of the 41st Legislative District Democrats.  She used her Yale law degree to launch her immigration law firm.  However, she is not above encouraging others to pay more taxes in her social media posts.

Brown has even claimed that she didn’t mind voting for Democrats even if she knew she would pay more in taxes, but that claim rings hollow when she apparently does not pay these very same taxes.  

Bellevue has a reputation of being a wealthy city, and according to current census data, the median household income is $94,638.  However, this means that over half the voters in this city will be earning less total income than even the taxes Karol Brown failed to pay to the IRS for many years.  As a UW grad with a Yale law degree, candidate Brown certainly understands the need to explain her desire to raise taxes on the “rich” (which obviously includes her), while explaining why she apparently refused to pay those same taxes for many years which she expects everyone else to pay.

Karol Brown taking a break with her co-workers after a tough day at the office. Did the photographer ask what they thought about the IRS before taking this one?

It’s no fun to get into trouble with the IRS.  It doesn’t matter if you are a Conservative group having your IRS documents leaked to the press, or a Tea Party group trying to get your non-profit recognition, or Karol Brown struggling to pay her taxes.  There is understandable sympathy from many people, including this author, for people in these situations and not much sympathy for the tax man.  However, there is likely to be less sympathy for a political candidate who appears to want others to do as she says but not as she does.   

***Please note, this article was modified on 7/18/2017 to reflect new information received which indicated that Karol Brown paid the IRS these tax liens one month before she filed for office.  She did NOT still owe these taxes as the original article indicated, and the article has been changed to reflect this fact***

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OUR CONSTITUTION BEGINS WITH THE PHRASE “WE THE PEOPLE.”  IT WAS THE FOUNDER’S INTENT THAT GOVERNMENT BE CREATED BY THE PEOPLE, TO SERVE THE PEOPLE.  IT WASN’T THEIR INTENTION FOR THE PEOPLE TO SERVE THE GOVERNMENT.  IT WAS ALWAYS INTENDED THAT GOVERNMENT WHICH FAILED TO SERVE THE PEOPLE SHOULD BE “ALTERED OR ABOLISHED.”  UNTIL WE RETURN TO THE FOUNDER’S INTENT, WE REMAIN WE THE GOVERNED

Background articles, links and source documents:

Karol Brown launches Bellevue City Council campaign

Karol Brown lawyer profile at her law firm

IRS:  Understanding a Federal Tax Lien

Tax Lien #1

Recording Date: 01/31/2017 

Tax Lien Date: 01/20/2017

KAROL E BROWN

Address: 14518 SE 42ND PL, BELLEVUE, WA 98006-1512 (King COUNTY) Filing County: King, WA

Total Lien Amount: $101,471

Damar Document Type: Federal Tax Lien

Tax Lien Serial Lien Certificate Number: 246302617 

Kind Of Tax: 1040

Federal Tax Lien Prepared And Signed City: SEATTLE

Federal Tax Lien Prepared And Signed State: WA

Tax Lien #2

Filing Date: 12/28/2011

KAROL E BROWN

Address: 216 1ST AVE S, SEATTLE, WA 98104-3441 (King COUNTY)

Total Lien Amount: $17,909

Alternate Court Case Number: 00521168401

Tax Lien #3

Filing Date: 01/05/2011

KAROL E BROWN

Address: 14518 SE 42ND PL, BELLEVUE, WA 98006-1512 (King COUNTY)

Total Lien Amount: $15,667 

Alternate Court Case Number: 00511715135

4 COMMENTS

  1. Typical liberal hypocrisy. BTW, I’ve known Jared Nieuwenhuis quite well for over 20 years, and there is no finer person on the planet. He’s a square shooter all the way, is as honest as the day is long … and Bellevue will be very lucky to have him help plan the city’s future if/when he’s elected.

  2. She is a hypocrite and a party plant by the desparate Democrats. As an Independent voter, I will support the candidate who does not serve a party but rather serves the people- Jared Nieuwenhuis. Both of Jared’s opponents are ridiculously unqualified to rep represent the people and neighborhoods of Bellevue.

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