by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Department of Revenue & Taxation Director Art Ilagan is objecting to taking a deposition next week Wednesday. The procedure is needed in the Dennis and Asuncion Rodriguez's civil case against the Government of Guam and Ilagan. The couple filed a petition for lien action, alleging Ilagan and Rev & Tax erred when it sustained the lien.
The agency argues the Rodriguez couple owes more than $700,000 in taxes. The department rejected the couple's offer for a compromise. In April 2009, Rev & Tax filed a notice of Guam tax lien for tax years 1996-2001.
In the latest filing with the U.S. District Court of Guam, Assistant Attorney General David Highsmith, who represents Ilagan, noted that this is one of the busiest times of the year for Ilagan because of the tax filing deadline. Highsmith said it was unreasonable to expect his client to attend a deposition so soon after the tax filing deadline.
They've asked the federal court for a continuance to allow them sufficient time to prepare the witness for the deposition.