State income taxes are bad, ‘specially when your company doesn’t pay it

I’d say “color me shocked and surprised,” but really, it’s not at all surprising that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson’s company PACUR LLC hasn’t paid income taxes for years. And it’s not as if they’re not making money. Clearly, they are.

According to a finding by One Wisconsin Now, “tax records for both Johnson and PACUR LLC, which show Johnson had net personal state income tax of $645,092 between 1997-2008, an estimated $9.5 million in earnings. Over the same period of time PACUR LLC had zero net state income taxes. (Figures for 2009 were not available.) [Wisconsin Department of Revenue]”

Despite not paying the state a cent in income tax, the company did find a way to muster up a cool five thousand dollars to give to the Republican Governors Association. That’s gotta be nice. There’s nothing like stiffing your home state so that others can stiff their own states too.

At least Johnson paid some income tax in that same period. Who’d a thunk it, Republican senate candidates paying state taxes!

Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.