MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon attorney could lose his license for not paying income taxes.
A complaint has been brought against Attorney Phillip Lehmkuhl by the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct’s Disciplinary Counsel that states Lehmkuhl has “repeatedly disregarded his tax filing and financial obligations to the local, state, and federal government” since “at least 2004.” The complaint alleges that Lehmkuhl’s failure to pay income taxes “reflects on his fitness to practice law,” Chief Assistant Disciplinary Counsel Joseph Caligiuri said.
If Lehmkuhl is found to be in violation of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct, his law license could be suspended for a minimum of two years, Caligiuri said. The complaint will proceed whether or not Lehmkuhl has satisfied the outstanding liens and delinquent tax filings listed in the complaint, Caligiuri said.
Lehmkuhl declined comment on the matter when contacted Tuesday by the News.
According to the complaint, tax liens were filed against Lehmkuhl by the IRS and Ohio Department of Taxation totaling $182,713.21. The IRS tax lien dates from an unpaid balance of assessment for 2005 – 2008, according to the complaint.
The complaint further states that Lehmkuhl has not submitted W2 reconciliations for his secretary between 2012-17 and has not filed income tax returns with the City of Mount Vernon for 2015-17, as of July 17, 2018.
The complaint also mentions charges brought in Mount Vernon Municipal Court against Lehmkuhl in 2011 and 2016 for failing to file Mount Vernon income taxes. Lehmkuhl pleaded guilty in both cases and was fined.
Lehmkuhl was previously reprimanded by the disciplinary council in 2013. He was briefly suspended from practicing law in 2014 after he did not pay costs that arose out of the reprimand.
Lehmkuhl was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in 1978.