Between 1993 and 2007 Lynch Was Delinquent on Nearly $50,000 in Back Taxes
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Today, Speaker Batchelder and Ohio House Republicans made yet another irresponsible choice for Ohio voters by appointing Matt Lynch, a habitual tax cheat, as State Representative for the 98th House District.
While Lynch found the time to woo the Republican establishment by running for multiple political offices for the last four years straight, he failed to make time to take care of his taxes. Matt Lynch has been a habitual tax cheat for decades and was even sued by the State of Ohio six separate times for refusing to pay nearly $50,000 in state income taxes. Lynch was slapped with tax liens in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas in 1993, 1996, 2001, 2003, and 2005, and in Geauga County Court of Common Pleas in 1998 for failing to timely pay his state income taxes. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services also slapped liens on Lynch in 2005 and 2007 for failing to pay unemployment compensation contributions for the law firm he owns.
“Matt Lynch is a habitual tax cheat who, over time, has dodged his responsibility for nearly $50,000 in back taxes,” Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said. “While mistakes happen here and there, Lynch openly refuses to play by the same rules of fairness that the rest of us try our best to follow. Lynch’s disregard for his responsibility to pay tens-of-thousands of dollars in back taxes shows that he cannot be trusted to safeguard Ohio taxpayers’ pocketbooks.”
Does Matt Lynch, a habitual tax cheat who has run for political office four times in the last four years, seem qualified to serve the people of Geauga and Portage Counties?
During Lynch’s failed bid for judge in 2011, his peers in the Geauga County Bar Association overwhelmingly voted him as “Not Recommended,” the lowest possible rating for judicial office. Geauga County voters agreed, andsaid “no thanks” to the idea of a habitual tax cheat making decisions that would affect their families and community.
Lynch has been sued by the State of Ohio six times for nearly $50,000 in back income taxes. The State of Ohio brought tax liens against Matt Lynch in 1993 for $2,576, 1996 for $3,540, 1998 for $4,566, 2001 for $16,465, 2003 for $10,667, 2005 for $9,274. [Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. 80816, 11/1/1993, No. JL044726, 12/19/1996, No. 1074519, 6/6/2001, No. ST03092794, 4/4/2003, No. ST05114027, 5/12/2005, Geauga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. 20285, 9/15/1998]
The State of Ohio also levied liens on Lynch at least twice for failing to pay his unemployment compensation taxes. [Cuyahoga County Recorder No. 200508230816, 8/10/2005, No. 200708020952, 7/21/2007]
The Geauga County Bar Association overwhelmingly ranked Lynch as “Not Recommended” for Judge. During Matt Lynch’s 2011 campaign for Chardon Municipal Court Judge, 56 of 88 attorneys surveyed by the Geauga Bar Association rated Lynch as “not recommended.” Lynch received the highest number of “not recommended” votes of any of the candidates running for Chardon Municipal Court Judge. [The News-Herald, 10/29/2011]