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Joe Miller submits W-9, completes settlement with borough

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Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:14 am

FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks North Star Borough says it has completed a settlement with former U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller for $1,401.72 after Miller complied with a court order and submitted a required IRS form.

The borough said without the Form W-9, which is a request from an entity to a person for that person’s Social Security number, it could not pay him the full $5,000 he received in a deal reached in August, so it withheld a part of the payment. Miller said he did not have to file a W-9, but he was ordered to do so by a Superior Court judge.

Miller had argued that taxes shouldn’t be withheld because the payment was a judgment against the borough, not a settlement. The court ordered that he release the tax document, however, and the borough said this week it received the W-9 and approved the payment.

The payment brings an end to a long-running legal action involving Miller, the borough, and former borough Mayor Jim Whitaker.

The borough and Whitaker agreed in August to jointly pay $5,000 to end the matter, which was about Miller’s claims that someone at the borough leaked details of his personnel files during his 2010 Senate campaign.

Miller won the 2010 Republican primary, defeating Sen. Lisa Murkowski. But Murkowski mounted a write-in campaign that brought her a victory in the November general election.

The legal action among Miller, the borough and Whitaker was born out of separate lawsuits — later combined by a judge — brought by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and the Alaska Dispatch website seeking access to records of Miller’s employment at the borough. Miller worked as a part-time borough attorney before running for Senate.

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