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Judge: Hart’s state tax appeal arguments ‘unthinkable’ and ‘wholly unsupported’

Here's a link to our full story at on today's 1st District Court decision tossing out Rep. Phil Hart's state income tax appeal. Hart, a tax protester who owes more than $53,000 in back state income taxes, penalties and interest - and hundreds of thousands in back federal income taxes, penalties and interest, according to public records including IRS tax liens - made arguments in his appeal that 1st District Judge John Mitchell dubbed "unthinkable" and "wholly unsupported." Reporter Alison Boggs covered the hearing and has the full report; Hart told her today he could not comment because he had not seen the ruling and had not decided whether he would appeal it.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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