A nonprofit founded by Mayor Dwight C. Jones owes the federal government $27,566.70 in unpaid taxes. On March 27, the Internal Revenue Service placed a lien against property owned by the Imani Intergenerational Community Development Corp., which Jones founded and until recently served as board president.
As pastor of First Baptist Church South Richmond, Jones founded the nonprofit in 1989 to develop affordable housing for low-income residents in the
Imani's main holding is a medical building on
The unpaid money is for employee withholding taxes, according to the IRS lien. The federal government collects payments -- those pesky federal deductions chopped from each paycheck -- every three months from employers to fund Social Security and Medicare. According to the lien, the development corporation has missed eight payments beginning in 2004 and ending in the second quarter of 2007.
According to the Internal Revenue code, in some cases officers and directors may be personally liable for the unpaid taxes.
Tammy Hawley, a City Hall spokeswoman, says Jones wasn't aware of the IRS lien or the unpaid taxes. “He doesn't have any information on the matter,” she says.
Jones stepped down as president of Imani on Dec. 31, the day before he took office as mayor. Hawley says group's new president is Ray Patterson, who works as manager of community affairs for the Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers. He did not return a call from Style by press time.