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Tony Gwynn owes over $400,000 in unpaid taxes

Jun 9, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

Tony Gwynn ap AP

According to the Associated Press, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn owes more than $400,000 in unpaid federal income taxes.

The information was published this morning in the San Diego Union-Tribune, who reported that the government liens involve unpaid taxes from 2003, 2007 and 2009. Gwynn was given a notice last year for $209,156 and another in 2010 for $227,093.

Gwynn recently joined an ownership group led by Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull in an effort to buy majority control of the Padres from John Moores. MLB has a vetting process to evaluate the financial well-being of prospective owners, but assuming Gwynn isn’t one of the major money partners, it shouldn’t have much of an impact on the process.

Gwynn’s tax attorney, Mitch Dubick, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the Padres’ legend is working on paying the owed taxes in installments.

  1. mybrunoblog - Jun 9, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    UT San Diego reports Gwynn makes over $500 k a year from his various sources of income. Sine the IRS isn’t going after him criminally it might just be bad bookkeeping. Either way he should be able to pay it back. Has to be embarrassing for him though.

  2. steviep23 - Jun 9, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    He’s got nothing on Schilling.

  3. tipstopten - Jun 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    If he was just a ordinary guy, He be hauled in by the IRS lose his house etc etc. But being a HOF he gets special treatment

    • ptfu - Jun 10, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      Any special treatment Gwynn gets from the IRS is due to his tax attorney. Presumably he can afford a better one than your ordinary guy can. Anyway, I strongly doubt the IRS cares about the HOF.

    • mybrunoblog - Jun 10, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      The late Duke Snider, Darryl Strawberry, Pete Rose and a few others got into serious IRS trouble and were prosecuted. If anything being famous hurts in these situations. IRS wants to make examples of them to keep others in line.

    • georgebrett - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      That’s stupid. It doesn’t work that way.

  4. downhillrider - Jun 10, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    So my take on this is that Tony Gwynn would be just some guy they trot out for the press if “his” group buys the Padres? I guess it wouldnt be a Nolan Ryan/Magic Johnson situation where they put real money into the deal.

  5. rico7207 - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Then put him in prison.

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