Donastorg advertisement misstates on tax liens


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ST. THOMAS - Gubernatorial candidate Adlah Donastorg Jr. did not respond to the questionnaire for The Daily News Voter Guide, but in his paid advertisement, he answered "no" to the question about ever having tax liens.

Upon further investigation, two tax liens totalling $22,116 were found at the Recorder of Deeds office, although Donastorg says they are "totally inaccurate."

He said he knew he had an outstanding balance, and is in the process of paying it off, but he said he did not know a lien had been filed and the amounts listed are wrong.

One lien has been paid off, and Donastorg is on a payment plan for the other, according to V.I. Internal Revenue documents.

The first lien was for $11,465.06 from the 2009 tax year. The lien was placed in February 2013.

Donastorg said he challenged the amount and it was reduced.

He provided his payment plan contract with the Internal Revenue Bureau that shows the balance as of April was $6,441.79 and he is paying monthly installments.

The second lien was for $10,660.54 for tax year 2010 and was filed in May 2012. Donastorg said - and he had the Internal Revenue Bureau confirm - that he used refunds owed to him for later years to offset the balance. That lien should have been released, and Internal Revenue Bureau officials indicated they would do so.

Donastorg said he was furious at the Internal Revenue Bureau for putting a lien on him when they owed him money for later tax years.

"How do you assess that amount when you owe people?" he said. "That lien should have never existed, because of the offsetting."

The Daily News searched for tax liens for all candidates, and checked to see how they answered the question about having liens to see if it was answered truthfully.

The questionnaire - sent to every candidate in the Senate, delegate and gubernatorial races - contained the following question: "Has a local or federal tax lien ever been placed on your personal assets, on property you own or have owned, or on a business you own?"

Donastorg did not answer the questionnaire, but took out a paid advertisement that answered many of the questions.

- Contact reporter Aldeth Lewin at 714-9111 or email alewin@dailynews.vi.

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