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State: Same Rules Apply To Phil Hart

Attorneys for the Idaho State Tax Commission have filed their response to Rep. Phil Hart's state income tax appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court, writing that Hart seems to be arguing different rules apply to him just because he's a state legislator. “Appellant appears to be arguing that his status as a legislator excuses him from the requirement to file a timely appeal,” the state attorneys wrote. Hart, a tax protester who stopped filing both federal and state income tax returns for three years in the 1990s, had 91 days to appeal his order to pay more than $53,000 in back state income taxes, penalties and interest for tax years 1996 to 2004, but instead waited more than six months, saying an intervening legislative session entitled him to more time/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

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Revenuers Shut Down Pumpkin Stand

The Idaho State Tax Commission has called for the closure of a family’s pumpkin stand on the 1000 block of Eighth Street in Lewiston. A representative of the tax commission stopped by the home of Dan and Kami Charais Friday and asked for the stand’s closure. The Charais’ 4- and 6-year-old children are operating the stand to raise money for school sports. The tax commission representative who stopped by the home said she was not at liberty to talk about the incident when reached by phone this afternoon/Lewiston Tribune. More here. (AP photo for illustration purposes) H/T: Lew2NL.

Question: How come the Idaho State Tax Commission has time to shut down a kids’ pumpkin stand when it can’t seem to close the loopholes in sweet deals for major corporations?

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