October 12, 2012 | by Michael K. Lavers
Leader of Md. anti-gay group has history of IRS tax liens
Maryland petition, gay news, Washington Blade

The IRS in 2011 filed a $32,586.39 tax lien against the head of the group that prompted Maryland’s same-sex marriage referendum.

The Washington Blade has learned that the Internal Revenue Service in 2011 filed a lien against the executive director of the group challenging Maryland’s same-sex marriage law for more than $32,000 in unpaid taxes.

A federal tax lien notice that the Internal Revenue Service filed in Prince George’s County Circuit Court on March 23, 2011, indicates that Derek A. McCoy of Seabrook owed $32,586.39 in back taxes. The filing notes he had an unpaid balance of $22,940.32 for the tax period that ended on Dec. 31, 2002. The document further indicates that McCoy had an unpaid balance of $9,646.07 for the tax period that ended on Dec. 31, 2003.

“As provided by section 6321, 6322 and 6323 of the Internal Revenue Code, we are giving a notice that taxes (including interest and penalties) have been assessed against the following-named taxpayer,” reads the notice that was prepared and signed in Baltimore on March 9, 2011. “We have made a demand for payment of this liability, but it remains unpaid. Therefore, there is a lien in favor of the United States on all property and rights to property belonging to this taxpayer for the amount of these taxes, and additional penalties, interest and costs that may accrue.”

The document indicates that the IRS’ Small Business/Self-Employed Division filed the tax lien. A Los Angeles Times database notes that McCoy, who listed TMG Consulting of Seabrook as his employer, donated $100 to the campaign in support of California’s voter-approved Proposition 8 that banned marriage for same-sex couples in the Golden State. He is among those who helped organize black clergy across the state to support the ballot measure ahead of the Nov. 2008 vote.

Corridor, Inc., a business and political newsmagazine that covers the Baltimore and D.C. metropolitan areas, identifies McCoy as a pastor from Seabrook in a picture it published of him and others attending the Pregnancy Clinic of Bowie Crofton and Severna Park’s 30th anniversary banquet at the Marriott BWI Airport Hotel last October. McCoy, who is executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, is an associate pastor at Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, the same congregation headed by Bishop  Harry Jackson who claimed late last month he placed a “curse” on the Blade two months before the newspaper’s parent company’s Nov. 2009 bankruptcy forced it to temporarily shut down.

Neither McCoy nor the Maryland Marriage Alliance returned the Blade’s repeated requests for comment.

It remains unclear as to whether the tax lien has been settled.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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