Protesters call on Congressman Reed to pay taxes on time

By Perry Russom

September 25, 2013 Updated Sep 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Congressman Tom Reed has been under recent scrutiny for not paying his businesses' taxes on time.

"All property taxes are paid and paid in full," said Reed in an email. "Out of over 500 tax payments since 2005, some of the payments were late."

Action News reported earlier this month Reed hadn't paid his businesses' taxes before their deadline 38 times since 2005, including 18 times since he took office in 2010.

Small business owners in Ithaca called on Reed Wednesday to start paying his taxes on time.

"I really believe Congressman Reed has a greater responsibility than the average person to pay his taxes on time," said Tessa Rudan of Ithaca. "It can be done. My family business does it all the time."

Protesters met outside Reed's office in Ithaca. They said if they can pay their taxes before the deadline, so can the congressman.

"One thing we've talked about is leading by example and Tom Reed definitely doesn't do that," said Frank Xie, a junior at Cornell University. "I mean he tries to talk about responsibility, paying your taxes, government's role, and he can't pay his taxes on time. He can't manage his own business."

Reed says since entering Congress in 2010, the day-to-day operations of his businesses have been handed over to employees or business partners.

"I take full responsibility and have taken preventive measures to ensure that future tax payments will be made on time," said Reed.