The U.S. Internal Revenue Service filed yesterday a notice of federal tax lien on a former law firm of Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho and attorney Viola Alepuyo for alleged failure to pay $22,191.04 in federal taxes.
Alepuyo told Saipan Tribune there is no wrongdoing on their part, but only a dispute as to the exact amount they owed. She said they will pay and the matter will be deemed closed.
Alepuyo said the IRS first claimed that their former law firm owes $32,000, which they disputed. She said the IRS now sees their point of view, with the amount now calculated at $22,000—“which is a big difference.”
The lawyer said their message to their accountant, who is the one doing the paperwork, was that once the amount is settled, they will stipulate and make the payment.
“We cannot pay it if we don’t know how much we owe,” she pointed out.
IRS filed in the U.S. District Court for the NMI the notice of tax lien against “Camacho & Alepuyo LLC C&A Attorneys At Law” for its failure to pay the Employers Quarterly Federal Tax Return for the tax period ending 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
IRS said they are giving notice that taxes (including interest and penalties) have been assessed against the taxpayer and that they have made a demand for payment of this liability, but it remains unpaid.
“Therefore, there is a lien in favor of the United States on all property and rights to property belonging to this taxpayer for the amount of these taxes, and additional penalties, interest, and costs that may accrue,” IRS stated in the notice.
Saipan Tribune learned that the Camacho and Alepuyo law firm was closed in 2008 when Camacho joined the Legislature.