Dem. Rep. Cartwright is assessed tax penalties

Rep. Mathew Cartwright (D-PA) is facing more scrutiny over the handling of his taxes.

The Washington Free Beacon reports that, once again, the scrutiny stems from Cartwright’s failure to pay on time his taxes on his Washington D.C. condo. 

The details

The Washington Free Beacon got the information for its report from the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue. There, records show that, in 2021, Cartwright was assessed $436.63 in penalties and interest from his failure to pay the property tax on his Washington, D.C. on time.

Cartwright shares the condo, which has been described as a “luxury” condo, with his wife.

Now, it may seem as though we are being a little hard on Cartwright here. After all, we all make mistakes from time to time. The thing is, though, that this is not the first time that Cartwright has made this particular “mistake.”

A repeat offender

In August of 2018, the Associated Press published a report revealing that Cartwright had racked up a large amount of interest and penalties, once again, for late tax payments on his D.C. condo.

“U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright regularly paid his real-estate taxes late on his Washington, D.C., condominium, piling up almost $3,700 in interest and penalties, online records show,” the outlet reported.

The penalties and interest were from a period from 2013 to 2018. It got so bad that, at one point, Cartwright received a notice in which the sale of the condo was threatened. Cartwright did ultimately pay up – he always does, just not on time.

His excuse at the time was “oversight.” Cartwright claimed that this is because, as a congressman, he is “very busy.”

A problem?

In 2018, Cartwright’s political opponent attempted to capitalize on the congressman’s failure to pay his taxes on time, but that didn’t work.

This time, Cartwright is going up against Republican Jim Bognet. Bognet has been focusing, largely, on Cartwright’s record as a congressman, noting that he has voted with President Joe Biden 100%, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) 99% of the time, and has supported far-left causes.

Cartwright’s seat is considered vulnerable. Thus far, he has not commented on his most recent failure to pay his taxes on time.

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