SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Kristi Fulnecky says she isn't guilty of being behind on her taxes, and says a new letter from the IRS proves it.
Last week, we reported Springfield councilwoman and mayoral candidate Fulnecky and her husband were the subjects of the lien, filed by the IRS on February 16th, and listed with the Greene County Recorder of Deeds office on March 1.
"The federal agency's website, IRS.gov, explains, "A federal tax lien is the government's legal claim against your property when you neglect or fail to pay a tax debt. The lien protects the government's interest in all your property, including real estate, personal property and financial assets."
Fulnecky claimed the lien was filed by the IRS on accident. Last week, she said an apology letter was being sent to her from the agency explaining its mistake.
On Monday afternoon, Fulnecky's campaign released a copy of a letter with an IRS letterhead stating her application had been approved for a withdrawal of the lien. However, it should be noted the letter does not mention any sort of mistake being made, and provides no apology or admission of wrongdoing on behalf of the IRS.
The tax lien was still listed with the Greene County Recorder of Deeds office as of the afternoon of Monday, March 20. However, the office confirmed it may take a while for changes to show up since it often takes days for it to receive IRS notices of updates.
In a statement released by her campaign Monday, Fulnecky stated, "Like I said last week, I pay my taxes and actually have been overpaying for several years. This entire situation occurred because I chose to refile several years of tax returns once my CPA stated that we have been overpaying. Now the State of Missouri and IRS are in agreement as well. I want to thank the IRS for resolving this matter expeditiously."
Fulnecky said the media, including KY3, "put out reports everyone now knows were false." She added, "It is my hope in the future that lies on social media will not become news stories in the future."
In a conversation with Fulnecky on Monday afternoon, a reporter explained the information reported did not come from social media rumors and lies, but in fact came directly from the official IRS documentation filed with the Greene County Recorder of Deeds office. KY3 obtained physical copies of these documents, which are on public file.