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Marco Rubio had to pay back taxes for nanny



It was a worrisome question at an inopportune time: Was the nanny to Marco Rubio’s children legal?

That issue sprang briefly up during Rubio’s 2010 U.S. Senate campaign, according two people aware of the situation.

Yes, the nanny was legal, the campaign tells the Tampa Bay Times, but Rubio had to pay back taxes to reflect her employment, adding a new layer to his history of shaky financial management.

“Marco has employed a full-time household employee since 2010 and paid all applicable taxes annually as reflected in his tax returns. She is, and has been, a permanent legal resident during the entire time of her employment with the Rubio family,” Rubio spokesman Alex Conant said.

“From 2006 to 2009, she worked for the Rubios as a contractor, meaning she also worked for other families. In 2012, without inquiry or prompting, Marco decided to reclassify her employment for the years 2006 to 2009 as a full-time household employee, and he paid the applicable taxes.”

It’s not clear from the statement why Rubio waited until 2012 to address the situation, why he reclassified the nanny or how much he paid in applicable taxes.

Conant said it "wasn't an issue" in 2010 and would not respond to other questions dismissing, them as a "fishing expedition."

Conant said he would not answer additional questions because the Times did not reveal the names of the sources. He said he would not refer the questions to people on the campaign who worked for Rubio in 2010. The Times initially (on March 3) asked another Rubio spokesman, Alex Burgos, who worked on the 2010 campaign. Burgos did not provide answers.

Rubio has released partial tax returns dating back to 2000.

People who employ household workers and pay them at least $1,900 (current year) must report that under schedule H on their tax return. Rubio’s returns for 2006-08 do not reflect household employment taxes. In 2009, he paid $2,896. In 2010, he paid $5,874.

Rubio has a history of financial issues, including sloppy management of political committees during his rise in the state House and using a state GOP credit card for personal expenses.  In 2008, he abruptly amended his financial disclosure forms after reporters asked why he had not listed a $135,000 home-equity loan he secured on his current home, purchased in December 2005 for $550,000.

Bloomberg News reported this month that Rubio has paid more than $23,000 in penalties for filing his tax returns late in six of the last seven years.

This post has been updated.

[Last modified: Saturday, March 12, 2016 4:35pm]


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