Posts tagged: timber
Apparently, state Rep. Phil Hart has been busy writing opinion pieces this past week, defending his stands with the Internal Revenue Service and the Idaho Tax Commission. Below, in this thread, you will find his comments re: my use of the description “tax-dodging” to describe him in a recent Sunday Huckleberries column. Now, in a commentary on his re-election Web site, Hart conjures the images of Lewis & Clark to defend his taking of timber from public land to build his Athol home. You can read “Media controversy about logs & Phil Hart” here.
Christa Hazel: Hart was legally responsible for triple the value of the timber because he willfully and intentionally removed trees from endowment land. His recent mea culpa only supports the willful and intentional nature, not that it’s necessary to prove that after the fact. If he doesn’t submit the full amount he was obligated to pay (fair market X 3), then he’s continuing his pattern of not paying his full portion of the bill to the government.
Question: Should Hart be required to pay triple the value ($7328) of the timber he took from public endowment land (worth $2443 in 1996), the penalty for willfully and intentionally removed the trees?
“My logging experience back in 1996 was an expensive lesson in the school of hard knocks,” Hart said in a statement. “I was mistaken to have done what I did and will never make that mistake again. And just this past week, I have learned more about this case that I did not understand at the time. In order to clear up any question as to whether or not this timber was paid for, today I sent a check for the timber’s fair market value to the Idaho State Public School Permanent Endowment Fund. And since today’s fair market value is only one half of what it was back in 1996, the amount of the check was based on the 1996 value”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: What do you make of this development?