Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill garnered some unwanted attention last year when she paid about $320,000 in overdue taxes and penalties on an airplane. As it turns out, her three leading Republican opponents also have paid penalties for late taxes.
Documents obtained by The Associated Press and reviewed online show that St. Louis businessman John Brunner, Congressman Todd Akin and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman all paid late taxes on vehicles or real estate in recent years. Records also show that Brunner's business of Vi-Jon Inc. was delinquent on taxes in Missouri and Tennessee. All of the taxes ultimately appear to have been paid.
The Republican Senate candidates generally owed smaller amounts than McCaskill did on the airplane. In some cases, their late penalties were only several dollars.
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