Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton today (November 19, 2014) dismissed as "misleading" a New York Times report that he owes millions of dollars in unpaid taxes and an organization he heads did not pay federal payroll taxes for its employees, the Reuters website reports.
The Times reported yesterday that Sharpton -- an American Baptist minister -- and his for-profit business face state and federal tax liens of more than $4.5 million.
It also said that Sharpton travels first class, that he and his National Action Network (NAN) repeatedly failed to pay hotels and landlords, and his personal finances were intermingled with those of the non-profit NAN to pay for his two daughters' private school tuition.
"I would have to be the most inept charlatan in the world," Sharpton said at a news conference, referring to the Times report saying he was drawing a $200,000 annual salary while his organization was struggling. In response to Sharpton's denial, a NY Times spokeswoman said, "We stand by our story."