Rep. Marcy Kaptur a democrat from Ohio faces a tough reelection contest in November. She has voted for tax increases throughout her four-decade run in Congress but according to records obtained by the Washington Free Beacon failed to pay property taxes on time on 13 occasions.
Between 2006 and 2013, Kaptur paid nine penalties to Lucas County for the late tax payments. Taxes that she owed on six of her properties. The congresswoman owed delinquent taxes on two occasions: $622.89 in 2013 and $173.87 in 2006.
The Ohio Democrat’s track record of tax delinquency could present an issue on the campaign trail. Kaptur is actually pushing for tax hikes even as voters struggle with record-high inflation. She voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, which allocates $80 billion to the Internal Revenue Service. The bill will more than double the size of the agency with 87,000 new employees. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office forecasts that the law will cost the middle class $20 billion in new taxes over the next decade.
“The wealthiest have had a good run of things on the backs of workers, families, and seniors,” Kaptur said last month. “By requiring the highest earners to pay their fair share, the Inflation Reduction Act lowers health care and energy costs without raising a single penny on the middle class.”
Kaptur also cosponsored a bill last year that would raise taxes to fund Social Security. She also endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All plan, which would require further tax hikes.
Chris Dalton, communications director for Kaptur, said the congresswoman paid all necessary fees for her late payments.
“Rep. Kaptur was previously late by a few weeks on property taxes, paid the taxes in full along with all associated fees, and is up to date currently,” Dalton said.
Following Ohio’s redistricting process this year, Kaptur’s once deep-blue district has become a toss-up race.
Kaptur is not the first Democrat to face tax issues this year. Democrats in competitive races, including Rep. Matthew Cartwright (Pa.), Pennsylvania voting rights attorney Chris Deluzio, and Wisconsin Senate candidate Mandela Barnes, have faced criticism on the campaign trail for their record of late tax payments.
Kaptur will face off against Air Force veteran J.R. Majewski, who in May won the district’s Republican primary.