Conroe, February 11 – J.D. Lambright failed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal taxes, including federal withholding and employment taxes for his employees, and failed to disclose his failure to pay those taxes while running for Montgomery County Attorney. The United States Internal Revenue Service had filed Federal Tax Liens against Lambright while he was running for County Attorney in 2012 and even after he became the Montgomery County Attorney in 2013. The Courier blog (clearly a fake newspaper) failed to report any of Lambright’s tax problems since he holds a close relationship with that blog and has even ghost-written articles under the name of at least one reporter there.
On November 6, 2012, the United States Internal Revenue Service, part of the United States Department of the Treasury, filed a $16,170.06 Federal Tax Lien, because Lambright had withheld taxes from employee paychecks while practicing as a private attorney in Conroe but failed to remit those funds over to the IRS in violation of federal tax law. The tax periods for that Federal Tax Lien were 2006 through 2008.
IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson, a Republican and President George W. Bush appointee, said, “Failure to pay employment taxes is stealing from the employees of the business. The IRS pursues business owners who don’t follow the law, and those who embrace those schemes face civil or criminal sanctions.”
On July 5, 2012, right in the middle of Lambright’s campaign for Montgomery County Attorney, the IRS filed a $39,706.74 Federal Tax Lien because Lambright had failed to pay federal employment taxes during the 2008 to 2010 time period. Lambright never disclosed his “stealing from employees” (to quote the IRS Commissioner) of his law practice to anyone while he ran for office. The IRS later released the liens on December 12, 2012, and January 16, 2013, respectively.
On July 14, 2008, the IRS filed a Federal Tax Lien against Lambright in the whopping amount of $226,977.68. That tax lien arose for Lambright’s failure to pay federal income taxes between 2002 and 2003. The IRS did not release that tax lien until the middle of 2011.
On May 11, 2005, the IRS filed a Federal Tax Lien against Lambright for $7,535.93 for his failure to pay federal income tax in 2000. The IRS released that Federal Tax Lien later that year.
The Federal Tax Liens against Lambright totaled $290,390.41, an extraordinarily large amount of money that even exceeds by one-and-one-half times the massive salary he receives, $196,144.57, plus county benefits, as the highest paid elected official in the entire State of Texas.
Lambright’s “stealing” withheld employment taxes and failing to remit them to the IRS is particularly disturbing. The IRS explains that employment taxes are “trust fund taxes [which] is money withheld from an employee’s wages (income tax, social security, and Medicare taxes) by an employer and held in trust until paid to the Treasury.” Lambright breached that trust to his employees and stole the funds for as long as seven (7) years.
The IRS has further stated, “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.”
A local citizen who provided a tip to The Golden Hammer newspaper commented, “You don’t have to worry about spending tax money when you’re not paying it.” That may explain Lambright’s freewheeling attitude towards spending County tax dollars. Lambright is the “most expensive County Attorney in the history of the State of Texas” for many reasons even beyond his record salary. Obviously, he has cost the employees of his private law practice and the federal government a lot of money before he went on the public dole to receive the highest salary of any elected official in the State of Texas.
Lambright did not return calls to permit him to comment.