LAURINBURG — The federal Internal Revenue Service has issued another tax lien against Laurinburg Mayor Matthew Block, according to public records.
The lien — filed by the IRS at the Scotland County Courthouse on May 24 — says Block and his wife, Jennifer, owe a total of $287,709.66.
A federal tax lien is the government’s legal claim against a property when someone neglects or fails to pay a tax debt. The lien protects the government’s interest in all property, including real estate, personal property and financial assets.
The lien is for 1040 taxes for 2015.
The Blocks were first notified of the unpaid taxes in November 2016, according to the Scotland County Clerk of Court office.
“We have made a demand for payment of this liability, but it remains unpaid therefore there is a lien on all property and rights to property belonging to this taxpayer for the amount of these taxes,” the IRS said in the notice.
Block blames his tax situation on his divorce settlement taking longer than anticipated.
“I thought it would be settled by now but it is not,” Block said. “My wife, my attorney and I have met with the IRS and we have a plan in place to address all outstanding taxes. The IRS understands that the taxes cannot be paid until the estate is settled and properties liquidated.”
Block, a Laurinburg cardiologist, said once that case is settled, the overdue taxes “will be paid in full.”
“The net worth of the estate comfortably exceeds the tax liability,” Block said.
The IRS had already placed a tax lien on Block totaling $101,358.68 for 2013 and 2014.
Block declined to say if he had paid the tax bill for those years.
The mayor also had tax liens on nine properties in Scotland County for 2016 for a total of $9,956.93. Block paid that tax bill after being criticized by a council member during a public meeting in March.
Block referred all other questions to his attorney Michael Schmidt.
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