The bureaucracy that’s being run by incumbent Gov. Rick Scott just filed a tax lien against his Democratic challenger Charlie Crist’s wife, according to public records.
According to a document filed in Crist’s home city of St. Petersburg, the state Department of Revenue filed a lien against Carole Crist for nonpayment of reemployment tax for a period stretching from July 2012 through September 2013.
For the oversight, the state wants millionaire Carole to pony up $352.61, which includes the $100 tax, a $200 penalty, $50.24 in fees and $2.37 in interest.
“I don’t know anything about it,” Crist told me Thursday. “We’ll check on it.”
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Hours later, a Crist campaign source close to Carole said the mandatory business state tax on employees was supposed to be paid by Carole for her use of a personal assistant.
But something went awry.
“This is an error due to a late filing by Mrs. Crist’s New York accountant during Hurricane Sandy,” said the campaign source, who asked not to be identified. “The accountant is no longer handling Mrs. Crist’s returns.”
It’s not the first time that a reemployment tax lien has been filed against Carole Crist.
Two liens for a total of $1,860 were filed in 2011 in Miami, where Carole lived on Fisher Island before getting married in 2008.
She paid up and cleared that lien within weeks.
A judge in Miami has denied a protective order for Justin Bieber’s manager, clearing the path for more potentially embarrassing revelations about the singer.
Scooter Braun, the L.A. talent agent who shapes Bieber’s public image, had been ordered to show up for a depo in a civil lawsuit filed here by a paparazzo before July 21.
And, get this: The lawyer who’s set to depose Braun, Aventura’s Mark DiCowden, will be allowed to videotape the grilling.
This means the public will get an intimate glimpse into the business operation behind Bieber.
DiCowden had no comment. But Miami attorney Roy Black, who reps Bieber and Braun, lamented the state of lady justice.
“It all depends on the questions that TMZ drafts for the plaintiff’s lawyer,” Black wrote in an email. “These video depositions, just like Justin’s, are taken to send to TMZ ASAP. And the plaintiff admits it. Such is the state of our justice system today.”
The lawsuit was filed by photographer Jeffery Binion a year ago, just days after he was allegedly attacked by Bieber’s bodyguards on the singer’s orders.
DiCowden’s deposition of Bieber in February caused an uproar when footage of Bieber pretending to fall asleep and freaking out when asked about on-again, off-again galpal Selena Gomez went viral.
PAY YOUR TAXES
Uncle Sam is after the father of actress Halle Berry’s first baby and notified model Gabriel Aubry that he owes $1.2 million in unpaid taxes, Miami-Dade County records show.
The IRS, however, is looking for Aubry in the wrong place: The agency sent the bill for the unpaid income taxes for the years 2008, 2009 and 2011 to The Meridian Miami Beach condo building — to a one-bedroom apartment that Aubry sold in December, according to public records.
Aubry’s lawyer in L.A. didn’t respond to requests for comment.
French Canadian model Aubry, 37, allegedly owes almost all of it for 2008 and 2009.
That’s when his then-galpal and co-star of X-Men: Days of Future Past delivered Nahla, their baby girl.
Berry and Aubry broke up in 2011, when she took up with French actor Olivier Martinez.