OKLAHOMA CITY – The city attorney for the Town of Medicine Park owes the federal government more than $12,000, according to a tax lien the Internal Revenue Service has filed with the Comanche County Clerk.
In addition, four state tax liens totaling more than $4,800 for unpaid income taxes plus interest and penalties were filed against Toni Himes Capra, the County Clerk’s records reflect. Ms. Capra is a Medicine Park resident who is a practicing attorney in Lawton. The IRS filed a tax lien against Ms. Capra on Dec. 16, 2019, for failure to pay $12,584.50 in federal income taxes during a five-year period: 2010- 2014. The assessments were issued in 2015 and 2016, a Notice of Federal Tax Lien shows. “I am making payments on that,” Ms. Capra said Friday afternoon when contacted by the Southwest Ledger. “I have a payment arrangement with them.” When she asked why her tax issues were of public interest, Ms. Capra was reminded that late last year nearly 5,600 state employees were notified that, under a state law enacted in 2003, they faced disciplinary action or termination for failure to pay taxes due.
Ms. Capra said she is not a state employee nor is she even a municipal employee. She also insisted she is not a public employee because she serves the Town of Medicine Park as its legal adviser under the terms of a contract. The Oklahoma Tax Commission filed tax liens with the Comanche County Clerk’s Office against Ms. Capra in March, April, May and September 2016 for unpaid state income taxes in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014. The amount of taxes, penalties and interest in arrears totaled $4,863.50. The Tax Commission on Nov. 15, 2016, filed a “release of tax warrant and/or certificate of indebtedness and lien” for the 2014 state warrant that totaled $750.53 because the tax, interest and penalty “underlying said tax warrant ... has been paid in full.” State court records show no such releases for the three other state tax warrants that total $4,112.97.