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Report: Ilhan Omar May Have Violated Federal Tax Law

Report: Ilhan Omar May Have Violated Federal Tax Law

In 2014 and 2015 Omar filed jointly with Ahmed Hirsi, yet at that time she was legally married to another man

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) reportedly violated federal tax law by jointly filing her tax returns in both 2014 and 2015 with a man to whom she was not legally married; indeed, at that time, she was legally married to another man.

Issued by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, the report indicates that in 2014 and 2015 Omar filed jointly with Ahmed Hirsi, yet at that time she was legally married to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi.  It is not clear from the report if this section refers to state and/or federal filings.

The Washington Examiner reports:

A report released by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board shows that Rep. Ilhan Omar broke federal tax law by filing her taxes jointly with a man to whom she was not legally married.

The Thursday report found that Omar filed joint tax returns in 2014 and 2015 with Ahmed Hirsi, her current husband, whom she did not legally marry until 2018.

The Minnesota Democrat had originally married Hirsi in a religious ceremony in 2002, but the couple separated in 2008. Omar then legally married another man, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, in 2009. The two divorced according to their faith tradition in 2011, but Omar did not legally end the divorce until 2017.

Omar got back together with Hirsi, her first husband, in 2012 but they were not legally married and eligible to file taxes together until 2018.

The finding by the Minnesota Campaign Board means Omar tax returns were in violation of federal law. The IRS defers to state law to determine legal marriages for tax purposes, and the Minnesota Department of Revenue states it is unlawful for couples to file taxes jointly unless they are legally married under Minnesota law.

The report was released after a complaint was filed in 2018 alleging Omar had committed campaign finance violations.

Michelle Malkin noted this aspect of the report and asked if it’s time for the IRS to get involved.

Apparently, Omar and Elmi, legally married, “divorced” in their “faith tradition” in 2011 but failed to legally divorce until 2017, a year before she legally married Hirsi.

Should the IRS or state tax authorities follow up on the report, this could prove problematic for Omar because Minnesota does not recognize “common law” marriage or “faith tradition” divorces, and the IRS defers to the state of residence on this matter.

The Star Tribune reports:

The Internal Revenue Service allows couples to file joint tax returns only if they are legally married in their states of residence. While some states recognize “common law” marriages, Minnesota does not. Joint filers often end up paying less in income tax than if they filed separately. The agency does not confirm or deny its audits or investigations, so officials would not reveal if they have looked into any past tax filings by Omar, a freshman Democratic House member.

Omar said in an interview last year with the Star Tribune that she and Hirsi, both Muslims, were married in their faith tradition in 2002. They separated in 2008, a year before she legally married Elmi.

Omar said she and Elmi split in 2011, divorced “in our faith tradition,” and she reunited with Hirsi soon after. In a 2016 statement, Omar said she and Hirsi were married “in our faith tradition and are raising a family together.” Like all families, she continued, “we have had our ups and downs but we are proud to have come through it together.”

But according to public records, Elmi and Omar’s divorce was not finalized until 2017, and she and Hirsi did not legally wed until January 2018.

On the matter they were investigating—state campaign finance rules violations, the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board found several problem areas and ordered reimbursement to her campaign and a civil penalty.

Fox News reports:

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., repeatedly violated state rules when she used campaign funds to pay for personal out-of-state travel as well as help on her tax returns and must reimburse her former campaign committee nearly $3,500, Minnesota campaign finance officials ruled Thursday.

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board said the first-term congresswoman also must pay the state a $500 civil penalty for using campaign money to travel to Florida, where she accepted an honorarium.

“Rep. Omar must personally reimburse the Omar committee $3,469.23,” the report concludes. “This reimbursement payment is the total amount of campaign funds that were used for purposes not permitted by statute in 2016 and 2017. Rep. Omar must provide documentation within 30 days from the date of this order showing the deposit of the reimbursement into the Omar committee’s account.”


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Morning Sunshine | June 8, 2019 at 8:12 pm

it’s going to be okay though – her faith traditions are part of her culture and we need to just accept that as legal and move on.


i want to see her tried, convicted, have her citizenship revoked, and then be deported back to her native land…

good riddance to bad rubbish.

    redc1c4 in reply to redc1c4. | June 8, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    PS: isn’t she the one that was married to her brother, or is that the other ISIS lover?

    i get them mixed up.

    Edward in reply to redc1c4. | June 9, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    While I agree, I have to say “Good luck with the IRS doing anything beyond collecting back taxes – if even that.”

      Arminius in reply to Edward. | June 9, 2019 at 7:56 pm

      First, the IRS doesn’t leave money on the table. She and her brother/husband/whatever will owe penalties as well as back taxes. They will collect that.

      Second, the IRS generally doesn’t criminalize bonafide mistakes such as failing to understand the tax code. But how hard is to understand that if you as a Somali Muslim woman are married to one man, you file jointly with the man you’re married to and not some other guy.

      Third, I’m not at all sure that either one of these guys are actually her brother. One or the other (I get my Ahmeds confused) has in the past been presented as her brother. But as with our crisis on the southern border, DNA tests prove that scammers and grifters…

      wait for it…


      There was a case a while back when a Somali couple that presented themselves as married to each other (not the depth of my skepticism) sponsored their “son” into the country. After he got in trouble for providing material support to terrorism DNA testing proved he was not closely related to the two adults claiming to be his parents and sponsors. They might have been cousins to one degree or another, but the older couple were not his parents.

      Through the miracle of chain migration they were sponsoring the entire population of the effing village back in Somalia into the U.S.

Send her and the napkin on her head back to the shithole she came from.

May have?

Nothing will happen. She’s “protected class”.

(Article I, Section 6, Clause 1). The clause states that members of both Houses of Congress

…shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their attendance at the Session of their Respective Houses, and in going to and from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.

I see ‘limited shade’ from this

    counsel4pay in reply to Neo. | June 8, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Oh, Neo, Neo Neo. That provision is not a “get out of jail” clause! There’s no waiver for criminal conduct. All that means is that “you cannot SERVE PROCESS” or make an arrest in certain places and at certain times.

    So, law enforcement waits until the guilty leaves the “sanctuary” of Congress!

    From the Matrix:

    “Trinity: Neo, no one has ever done anything like this.
    Neo: I know, that’s why it’s going to work.”

    That’s exactly what all these treasonous congress critters are relying on–that no AMERICAN congressman/woman has…married their brother…declared jihad on our beloved nation…conspired with the enemies of our Republic to overthrow our government…etc. etc. etc.

What to do?
Lock her up.
Then deport.

I can’t believe how racist and Islamaphobic we are to expect her to follow the law like everyone else.

Will the voters in Minneapolis reelect her? Does she still align to their values? Many POS dems keep getting sent back to D.C.

On the amount owed it’s small, very small, so will be brushed aside as an “honest” mistake.

It will be paid off and she will claim it to be Islamophobic to do anything else in regard to this.

If the IRS becomes involved due to this issue, so they can delve into joint filing issue, it could become a problem in what she owes to the IRS for her filing, but it would be up to the media to push the questions about her “marriage” and to if it was her brother… somehow I see crickets from the DNC propaganda machine. Could immigration get involved to look into this as it smells of fraud, with the whole separation according to her faith and her hooking back up with hubby #1.

I would enjoy the show if they do and find out she married her brother, and both should lose their citizenship due to the fraudulent “marriage”.

I fear my dreams of her becoming entangled with immigration and legal woes will probably come to be brushed away cause of the Islamophobic and Misogyny cards and there must be one of Incestophobia she can play as well.

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

Above is the oath of citizenship taken by naturalized citizens. Omar has made it plain, by direct speech and actions, that she has no intention of abiding by her oath. She is guilty of false swearing. Her citizenship should be revoked and she should be deported to some place she will be happier – where there are no Jews, women are second-class citizens, and gay people are thrown from tall buildings. There, she’d fit right in.

What I dont get is what is the issue with being married to her brother?

Forgetting it’s her brother and the ickiness that has of course.

    Edward in reply to mailman. | June 9, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    ?? Have you never heard of the laws regarding marriage which make it illegal to marry anyone who is closer (blood relation wise) than a second cousin? The laws are intended to prevent exactly what she is a classic example of – inbreeding leading to mental illness.

      Edward in reply to Edward. | June 9, 2019 at 4:47 pm

      Forgot to add in this case it is also a possible example of immigration fraud (i.e. a sham marriage to gain entry to the country “legally” for the spouse).

We’d be remiss not to observe that there are also credible allegations surrounding the familial relationship between Omar’s husband and Omar; namely that he is her brother whom she married to get him admitted into the US.

One can only hope that the truth, or lack thereof, will be fleshed out during any IRS investigation.