verb (used with object), -bursed, -burs·ing.
1. to make repayment to for expense or loss incurred: The insurance company reimbursed him for his losses in the fire.
2.to pay back; refund; repay.
It seems that Jeff van Drew confused the meaning of the word reimburse, or that Marcus Wilson is lying, or that Van Drew filed an incorrect ELEC Report.
You ask me what I mean? To the left is a page from Van Drew’s ELEC filing, listing a payment of $2509.76 to Marcus Wilson, for “reimbursement”. That means Marcus spent that amount of money, or incurred that exact expense. and that Van Drew repaid Marcus for an expense he incurred.
However, in an interview with the Press of Atlantic City, Marcus claimed that he was being paid by Jeff Van Drew.
Wilson said Van Drew’s campaign is paying him to get out the vote, but he isn’t compensated by how many applications he helps file. He said he has no influence over which way voters ultimately cast their ballots.
You say I am quibbling over words, playing semantics, nitpicking. Whatever -the choice of words can make a huge difference. if Jeff Van Drew is merely reimbursing Marcus Wilson for expenses incurred, Van Drew is under no constraints to report this payment to the IRS. If it is a reimbursement, Marcus Wilson would not have to pay taxes on this income. However, if this is income, as Marcus Wilson implies with his words to the AC Press reporter, he is obligated to report it as income on his 2011 tax returns. Since Van Drew is reporting it as a reimbursement, and NOT taxable income, it would be very easy for Marcus Wilson (who has a tax business, and understands these nuances) to omit this line item as income and use Van Drew’s report stating it is merely a reimbursement.
So, our inquiring readers want to know – was it pay or a pay back? Jeff Van Drew needs to clear the air soon. It seems that our country Freeholder candidates all agree that it was some sort of pay, as they listed on their ELECs that their large checks to Marcus Wilson were for “Consulting”, “Canvassing”, and “GOTV Event”, which means it is pay for work performed, not reimbursement.