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The Taxman Cometh: Phil Hart Will Allow Feds to Auction His Athol Home, Pay Back Taxes


  • Former Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart

Phil Hart's marathon war with the state of Idaho and federal government over unpaid taxes appears to be coming to an end. Hart admitted that he stopped filing both federal and state tax returns back in 1996 and auditors estimated that Hart, a five-term member of the Idaho House, owed more than $500,000 to the U.S. government.

Now, the Spokane, Wash. Spokesman-Review reports that Hart has agreed to allow feds to auction off his home in the northern Idaho community of Athol and will continue to make monthly payments to the IRS.  

Hart left the Idaho House after being defeated in his Republican Party's own primary in 2012. But the Spokesman-Review says today Hart is vice chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, affiliated with the GOP Legislative District 2.

Meanwhile officials at the Idaho State Tax Commission insist that they still have an additional claim of nearly $53,000 for unpaid taxes but tell the Spokesman-Review that they'll "probably never see anything" since the IRS is first in line to get money from Hart.

There's still a chance for Hart to remain in his Athol home. Rules allow him to bid on his home, but if he wins, he'll still need to pay nearly $9,000 in back property taxes on top of the sales price.