AP: Feds Want Judge to Allow Immediate Seizure of Phil Hart's Home


Phil Hart, who continually pointed to his role as an Idaho legislator as an excuse for not dealing with more than $500,000 in unpaid taxes, has been slapped with a motion in U.S. Court in Boise asking a federal judge to allow the U.S. government to seize his log home in northern Idaho.

Hart, who lost his four-term seat in the Idaho House in the May 2012 Republican primary, stopped paying federal income taxes in 1996, challenging the constitutionality of the tax.

The Associated Press reports that U.S. attorneys want to foreclose on a home that Hart built in the 1990s, using trees that he acknowledged taking from Idaho lands without paying. Hart also tried to shield the home from seizure by putting the property under his daughter's name, but the Internal Revenue Service rejected the transfer.

The AP's Rebecca Boone reports that feds also want Hart to be hit for improper deductions on past tax returns and therefore the former lawmaker should be penalized with additional late fees and interest.