Delinquent First Wind $1.5 million tax bill lost in paper trail

Delinquent First Wind $1.5 million tax bill lost in paper trail

"Kent Smith, president of Makana Nui Associates, which is a partner with First Wind in the farm, said telephone calls and e-mails were flying among company officials Wednesday and Thursday to figure out what happened.

Here, according to Smith and Teruya, is how the tax bill got overlooked for three years:

Kaheawa pays all expenses through a state lease, but when the farm went into operation in 2007, the state didn't send the lease and permit papers to the county.

"We knew there was a wind farm there," said Teruya, but there was no paperwork to process.

Kaheawa wasn't getting bills, so it wasn't aware it was delinquent.

Earlier this year, a county tax staffer looked into it more closely, decided taxes were due and sent a bill to the last-known address of the listed owner, UPC Wind in Newton, Mass.

However, between 2007 and now, UPC's interest was renamed First Wind and the offices were moved to Boston.

The bill eventually was returned as undeliverable.

"The state and the county never assessed us and never forwarded any bills," said Smith. "They didn't find any way of contacting the local wind company."

But Teruya said: "It's not our place to go find anyone."

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Comment by Allen Barrette on March 24, 2013 at 2:07pm

As an American company doing business in America all companies are aware of tax liability, permit renewals quarterly income tax payments etc. This company is negligent and is now owing the state and tax payers for interest accrued and a big fat penalty for fraud, and also please leave the state of Maine now.   

Comment by Harrison Roper on March 23, 2013 at 12:22pm

Shame on First Wind. They must  have know there should be a tax bill, and should have inquired. After all, the tax expense must be budgeted, and the unpaid and unbilled budgeted expense should have triggered an inquiry by First Wind that would have alerted the local tax authority.

Well, what did First Wind do with that extra money in their accounts? And what did the local taxing authority do when the "undeliverable" tax bill appeared in their mailbox?

Harry Roper  Houlton/Danforth, Maine, USA

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