While facing criticism for being a carpetbagger, former Tennessee congressman and likely Senate candidate Harold Ford swore he was an authentic New Yorker based on his taxes: "I pay taxes there, and once you pay taxes there, you feel like a New Yorker." But records show that Ford has never filed a tax return in New York state.
Gawker reports that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's probable foe in the Democratic primary hasn't been paying income taxes on his Wall Street job since he moved to New York three years ago, or officially moved to New York one year ago. Despite a New York law requiring part-time residents and nonresidents to pay income tax on earnings they receive in the state, the site surmises that Ford's Merrill Lynch wages have gone largely untaxed because he's likely filing tax returns in Tennessee, which doesn't collect income tax on wages. His spokeswoman says he will file a New York tax return in April for the first time.
Meanwhile, Gawker notes that Ford will take a brief break from his still unofficial campaign to be the keynote speaker at a conference in Bermuda for a group that lobbies for companies that skirt taxes by setting up on the island.