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Hart: Pledges to continue to fight, says he doesn’t owe the state any tax

Idaho Rep. Phil Hart tonight issued a defiant press release after the Idaho Supreme Court unanimously rejected his state income tax appeal, saying he plans to continue to fight. "It is but another phase of my quest for justice," Hart wrote in the release he posted on Facebook; you can click below to read it in full. He maintained, "I do not owe the State of Idaho any tax."

Press Release Re: Idaho Supreme Court Decision in Hart v. State Tax Commission

by Phil Hart for Idaho on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 5:08pm ·



DATE/TIME: Thursday, April 26, 2012 4:00PM PST

RE: Idaho Supreme Court Decision in Hart v. State Tax Commission



We are disappointed in today’s decision by the Idaho Supreme Court in the Matter of Philip L. Hart vs. Idaho State Tax Commission and Idaho Board of Tax Appeals. It is but another phase of my quest for justice.  I continue to believe that the most important question is “Does Phil Hart owe any tax to the State of Idaho?”

My answer to that question is an emphatic – No, I do not owe the State of Idaho any tax.  In its opinion, the court stated “In this instance, Hart is just a taxpayer, with no greater privilege than his constituents.”  I agree, I have no greater privilege when it comes to the amount of tax that I owe, and I am therefore, entitled to be treated with the same fairness and equal protection of the law that all other taxpayers enjoy.

With regard to the purported “unpaid” taxes, 100 percent of the remaining balance of $42,000 is based entirely on having been illegally deprived of 8 years of business deductions. The IRS has deprived me of those deductions, because I would not turn over, to the government, the names of people who had bought my book “Constitutional Income.”

The bottom line is that I have paid more than the amount that I legally owe in tax. But for the IRS illegally denying my deductions and submitting fraudulent “income” information to the State of Idaho, we would not be discussing this matter today. Furthermore, the waste of my time and the waste of the resources expended by the Idaho Tax Commission would have been fully avoided.

In justice and equity, I am entitled to pay no more, nor less, for my tax liability than the law requires.

I seek only that which every law-abiding citizen of the State of Idaho would expect. I seek the law to be fully and fairly applied to my case. I expect that the State of Idaho recognize the lawful deductions to which I am justly entitled.

I thank my constituents for their support and patience as I continue to fight for justice in this case.

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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