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Darryl Rouson owes IRS more than $155k in back taxes



State Rep. Darryl Rouson and his wife failed to pay more than $155,000 in federal income taxes from 2008 through 2010, according to a lien filed by the Internal Revenue Service.

In one of those years, Rouson, a St. Petersburg attorney, made $565,000 working for the powerhouse law firm of Morgan & Morgan.

The IRS lien is the latest trouble for Rouson, who recently came under fire from fellow House Democrats for creating a party-related fundraising committee only he could control. His colleagues ousted him as incoming Democratic leader on Sept. 23, the day before the IRS filed its lien in Pinellas County circuit court.

“I don’t take this lightly,’’ Rouson said Tuesday. “I am working with my CPA and my tax attorney, and I’m very optimistic this will all get resolved.

“It’s been a tough summer,’’ he added.

The lien shows that Rouson and wife Angela, a board member of the Juvenile Welfare Board and Pinellas County Housing Authority, owe the IRS a total of $157,841 for 2008, 2009 and 2010. Rouson earned $565,000 at Morgan & Morgan in 2010, according to a required financial disclosure statement.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 4:17pm]


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