Philadelphia schools chief Arlene C. Ackerman owes the IRS more than $20,000 in back taxes, public records show.
Ackerman's personal tax attorney acknowledged the superintendent owes money, but said she had started paying the IRS while it determines "proper taxes due."
Michael Gillen, director of the tax accounting group of Duane Morris L.L.P., said the lien was "standard operating procedure."
"We were aware of the IRS obligation, which arose out of a change in tax reporting by the San Francisco School District a number of years ago. We came to an agreement with the IRS quite some time ago. We are working with the IRS to determine the proper taxes due," wrote Gillen, who works for the same law firm as Robert L. Archie Jr., chairman of the School Reform Commission.