Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas Owed $41K in Back Taxes

vargas-300x197According to court documents obtained by Red Alert Politics, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas was hit with a $41,945.44 tax lien earlier this year for failing to pay taxes in 2010.

Vargas Lien

Red Alert Politics notes the lien is particularly ironic, since Vargas was vocal about the fact that he paid taxes after he outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in 2010. “Undocumented workers pay taxes,” he said in 2012. “I’ve paid income taxes, state and federal, since I started working at 18. The IRS doesn’t care if I’m here legally; it cares about its money.”

In a statement, Vargas said that he was hit with the back taxes after he came out and stopped using forged documents. “After outing myself in that article, I stopped using the doctored card my grandfather gave me–including filing my taxes with it,” he said.

Vargas frequently appears on CNN and other networks, adding to the list of cable news personalities like Melissa Harris-PerryTouré Neblett, Joy Reid, and Al Sharpton who were all revealed to owe back taxes earlier this year.

UPDATE — 5:25 p.m. ET: Vargas has paid the lien in full. He provided photographic evidence of the transaction on his Facebook wall:

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And a full comment on the matter:

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