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Tax Commission member resigns after revealed he has tax debt

8 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago Saturday, November 12 2016 Nov 12, 2016 November 12, 2016 12:15 PM November 12, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow
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NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans businessman who hasn't paid property taxes in 30 years on a building he owns has resigned from the Louisiana Tax Commission.

That move followed an investigation by WVUE-TV  that uncovered Jimmie Thorns' outstanding tax debt.

Thorns' business, Jim Thorns Inc., acquired a building in the 1980's but hasn't paid a penny in property taxes. The current outstanding bill is $140,000.

Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed Thorns to the commission, which ensures fair, accurate and uniform property taxation. In a statement, Edwards said he began a review of Thorns' appointment after learning of the debt. Thorns resigned Thursday at Edwards' request, ending a nine-month run on the board.

As a member of the tax commission, Thorns was paid $56,000 per year to oversee the state's tax policy.

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