GOP Senate Candidate Owes Hundreds Of Thousands In Unpaid Taxes

By Victor Winston, updated on March 23, 2024

In a recent revelation, Steve Garvey faces considerable financial scrutiny. Former MLB player and Republican Senate candidate Steve Garvey has been discovered to owe a significant sum in back taxes, adding a complex layer to the California Senate race against Democrat Adam Schiff.

According to Fox News, Steve Garvey's financial disclosures made in February have brought to public attention that he owes between $350,000 and $750,000 in back taxes. This situation places him in a delicate position as he challenges Rep. Adam Schiff for the seat left vacant following Sen. Dianne Feinstein's death.

Garvey has acknowledged the debt, signaling a serious approach towards resolution with the IRS, scheduled by the end of this year. "We have been taking this very seriously and have always filed our taxes on time. We have been working diligently with our accountant and the IRS to resolve this debt by the end of the year," Garvey stated. The disclosed amounts pertain to federal tax liabilities dating back to 2011, which are between $250,001 and $500,000, in addition to state tax liabilities in California within the range of $100,001 to $250,000. An 8% interest rate is currently being applied to both his federal and state tax liabilities.

The Close Senate Race

The financial revelations surface as Garvey finds himself narrowly behind Schiff in a pivotal Senate race. The primary election results have indicated a statistical tie, with Garvey holding 31.5% of votes compared to Schiff’s 31.6%. This neck-and-neck situation is further intensified as California employs a primary system that allows the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to advance to the general election.

Garvey's campaign has been significantly focused on addressing issues such as crime and homelessness, drawing a distinct line from Schiff's progressive stance. The political landscape in California has not seen a Republican win a U.S. Senate seat since Pete Wilson in 1988, making this race particularly noteworthy.

Laphonza Butler was appointed to Feinstein's seat following her death in September, leaving the political arena brimming with anticipation as to who will permanently fill the vacancy.

Addressing the Tax Dispute

Details surrounding Garvey's owed taxes remain partly ambiguous, not specifying whether the liabilities stem from business or personal affairs. This ambiguity introduces an element of uncertainty in a race that has already captured widespread attention.

The implications of Garvey's tax situation on the Senate race could be substantial, given the close margins in the primary results.

The final results of the primary are set to be certified on April 12, following the count of all mail-in ballots, potentially altering the current standings slightly.

Conclusion

Steve Garvey's financial disclosures revealing significant back taxes owed add a layer of complexity to his Senate campaign against Adam Schiff.

Both candidates are in a close race for a highly sought-after seat, previously occupied by Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

As the political drama unfolds, all eyes will be on how this financial revelation could influence voters' perceptions and, ultimately, the election outcome.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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