Roberts acknowledges unpaid taxes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts' campaign committee did not pay federal taxes for two years and has filed amended returns to reflect it owes about $300 in taxes.

Dan Meuse, a spokesman for the Democrat seeking a second term, told The Associated Press he sent the returns Monday for about $2,200 of interest income in 2008 and 2009. The campaign reviewed its records after an AP inquiry.

Meuse said the campaign will file $1,000 in state taxes for the past two years as a precaution, though it's not certain the money is owed.

Roberts is the second candidate to acknowledge a tax problem, after independent gubernatorial candidate Lincoln Chafee acknowledged his old Senate campaign owed about $18,000 in taxes and fines.

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