It appears North Idaho lawmaker Phil Hart (R-Hayden) has lost his four-way primary battle in District Two. With all precincts reporting, Hart trails by 238 votes. Hart has gained notoriety for his ongoing battles with the IRS and Idaho State Tax Commission. At one point Hart stopped paying income tax saying it was unconstitutional and, though he says he pays now, he reportedly owes the state more than 50 thousand dollars and the federal government more than half a million. Two years ago, Hart won re-election with 75-percent of the vote.
Tax evasion will get you into hot water with the IRS. But in north Idaho, it won’t necessarily spell the end of your political career. A Republican state legislator who believes the federal income tax is unconstitutional is battling charges of tax evasion, even as he seeks re-election.