Jones, a Democrat from Severn who is serving his second term on the County Council, "willfully" failed to file a return by the April 17, 2006, deadline, according to a one-count indictment. Jones, a defense attorney, earned a gross income of $244,365 in 2005 — before he was elected to the council, the indictment alleges.
In a brief interview, Jones said he did not immediately file his taxes because he was dealing with his mother's illness and death. He said he eventually filed "a couple of years ago."
"The taxes are done," said Jones. "They weren't timely filed."
He added that the charge would not impede him from serving as a councilman. "I stepped up and took care of the issue that was presented," said Jones, who did not respond to a request to inspect the tax filing.
Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, could not provide further details on Jones' case, but said it is not uncommon for tax charges to be filed several years after an alleged infraction.
County Council Chairman Richard Ladd said he would reserve judgment until he spoke with Jones.
"People are supposed to file their taxes," said Ladd, a Republican who represents Severna Park. "If he didn't, as alleged, he has to deal with that. … I can understand people being late. It's not right. He shouldn't have. But I'd have to hear his explanation."
The charge is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.