MADISON, Wis. — According to state Department of Revenue records, State Representative Tom Tiffany’s streak of not paying state income taxes was snapped in 2011. Tiffany paid no personal state income taxes in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 or 2010, but did pay in 2011 — the year in which he received $49,943 in state taxpayer funded legislative salary, comprehensive health insurance and pension benefits and over $9,500 in tax-free payments for attending work in Madison.
One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross commented, “On behalf of the taxpayers of Wisconsin, I’d like to welcome Rep. Tiffany to our club. It’s great to see that, after five straight years, Rep. Tiffany has finally contributed something to pay for police and fire protection, public schools, local roads and prescription drug assistance for seniors like most Wisconsinites. Unfortunately, it took taxpayers shelling out over $58,000 in salary and reimbursements to get Tiffany to pay $2,200 in state income taxes after paying nothing for five straight years.”
Ross noted that 2011 was not a similar watershed year for Tiffany’s business interests, as neither Willow, Inc. nor Wisconsin River Cruises, Inc. has paid any state income taxes since 2001 and 2008 respectively.
“At least you can say he walks his walk,” said Ross.
“In the Assembly Tiffany voted to deliver $2.3 billion in tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy, and, for the better part of the last decade, he’s been just as dedicated to avoiding paying his fair share of taxes personally and in his businesses,” he concluded.