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So That's Why Joe the Plumber Wants a Tax Break

10/17/2008 1:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Boy is Joe the Plumber sorry he said anything to Barack Obama now.

After complaining to B.O about his tax plan -- and becoming John McCain's main talking point at Wednesday night's debate -- it turns out he actually owes the state of Ohio $1,182.98 in back taxes. The state filed a tax lien against Joe in January of last year that's still active.

And by the way, Joe the Plumber's name isn't Joe. It's Sam, according to state records.

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