OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COUNCILMEMBER BURKS RESPONDS TO TAX ALLEGATIONS
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2012 [Houston, Texas]
Today, Councilmember AndrewC. Burks, Jr., Houston City Council, At-Large Position 2, responded to
Councilmember Burks’s tax situation.
Councilmember Burksmade the following response:
e allegation is an unfortunate mischaracterization of my family small businessand takes a minor administrative confusion out of context. As a hardworkingentrepreneur, I know the struggles and sacrifices that go in to building abusiness. Sometimes, good faith mistakes happen. They are corrected, and youmove on.
“Between 2006 and 2009,
many of my customers included religious institutionsand nonprofit organizations. These organizations are exempt from paying salestax. Over the course of these four years, I did not file some tax exemptiondeclaration certificates. During a standard audit
by the state Comptroller’s Office
,it was found that I should have submitted tax exempt forms As a result; I had topay the nonprofit
organization’s portion of sales tax
“This is not an uncommon problem nor is it noteworthy in anyway. Any small
business owner or manager knows minor good faith tax mistakes happen, andare easily correctable. I reached an agreement with state tax authorities throughstandard procedure. Since last year, I have been paying down this debt.