McCaskill promises to pay back taxes on plane

Monday, March 21, 2011 | 5:53 p.m. CDT; updated 9:06 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 21, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said Monday more than $280,000 in back personal property taxes on an airplane she partly owns is being paid.

The Missouri Democrat said checks covering the taxes were to be sent Monday to St. Louis County, where the twin-engine eight-seater is hangared.

The plane is owned by a company in which McCaskill and her husband have an ownership interest. McCaskill's Senate office paid to use the plane, though she repaid the U.S. Treasury. McCaskill said Monday her husband has agreed to sell the plane, and she doesn't plan to use it again.

McCaskill called the unpaid taxes a mistake and said she takes responsibility. She also said there was no attempt to hide the plane's existence, and noted that monthly sales taxes have been paid on it for several years.

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Ellis Smith March 22, 2011 | 9:24 a.m.

I withdraw my previous statement that all she needs to do is go to a hardware store and buy a broom (in order to have air transportation). The previous observation was in fact made simply in jest.

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Ricky Gurley March 22, 2011 | 9:28 a.m.

Maybe it is that statement that made her send the check into Saint Louis County; Ellis? LOL.

Ricky Gurley.

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Jimmy Bearfield March 22, 2011 | 11:44 a.m.

Yet another "oversight" in a lineage that includes Tom Daschle's limousine and Charlie Rangel's condo. Too many politicians dismiss the impact of taxes because they're distanced from the act of calculating their own and writing the checks -- when they pay them at all.

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Ellis Smith March 22, 2011 | 11:54 a.m.

@ Ricky Gurley:

I'm flattered, but I think you credit me with far more influence than I have. :)

If I had that sort of influence, University of Missouri System would only consist of three campuses, not four. The missing campus would still answer to the same governing body but would be independent and headed by its own president, as is the case in Colorado and Michigan. On the other hand, Colorado and Michigan doubtless have no concept of how to organize public higher education. [Sarcasm button fully engaged.]

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