Rep. Hart loses tax battle at Idaho Supreme Court

Published On: Apr 26 2012 01:05:59 PM PDT
Rep. Phil Hart
BOISE, Idaho -

The Idaho Supreme Court has unanimously rejected Rep. Phil Hart's appeal in his battle with the state over more than $53,000 in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties.

The justices issued a decision Thursday affirming a lower court ruling and tossed aside Hart's basic claim that his status as a state legislator granted him protection from meeting deadlines in his ongoing case with the State Tax Commission.

The Republican from Athol argued his months-late appeal of an order to pay his tax debt should be allowed because the deadline overlapped with his legislative responsibilities at the Capitol in Boise.

Hart has been battling the state and federal government over income taxes for several years. He also has a case pending in federal court over unpaid taxes to the IRS.