Rep. Omar filed joint tax returns before she married husband ,
Minnesota campaign finance officials said last week that U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar misused campaign funds in violation of state rules.
They also revealed that she had filed joint tax returns with her husband years before they were legally married and at a time when she was married to another man.They also revealed that she had filed joint tax returns with her husband years before they were legally married and at a time when she was married to another man.
The revelation put the freshman representative under more scrutiny from critics who have taken issue with her marital past. One tax expert said that if there is no criminal intent and the issue has been corrected, she’s unlikely to face any criminal consequences.
The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board said Thursday that Omar and her husband, Ahmed
Abdisalan Hirsi, filed joint tax returns for 2014 and 2015 ,
before they were actually married and while Omar was legally wed to another man. While some states allow for joint filing for “common law” marriages , Minnesota does not, and filing joint tax returns with someone who is not your legal spouse is against both federal and state law.
Last year, a Republican state representative accused Omar of misusing campaign funds, alleging among other things
that she used $2,250 in campaign money to pay a lawyer for her divorce proceedings.
State officials ruled last week that Omar must repay her campaign committee nearly $3,500, including $1,500 for payments made to the accounting firm for services related to joint tax returns for 2014 and 2015. Omar must also pay a $500 penalty to the state.