Former Idaho Lawmaker Settles Federal Tax Dispute
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials will auction off the Athol home of a former Idaho state lawmaker to help make up for his unpaid back taxes. The Spokesman-Review reports that former Rep. Phil Hart recently settled a dispute with the IRS and agreed to make monthly and annual payments on his $586,000 federal tax debt.
Hart's house was built partly with logs he stole from state school endowment land, arguing that he had a right to the lumber as a citizen. He stopped filing state and federal income tax returns in 1996. At the time, he was pursuing an ultimately unsuccessful lawsuit challenging federal income tax as unconstitutional.
An Idaho tax official says Hart still owes the state money. Neither Hart nor his attorney returned a reporter's calls seeking comment.