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February 25, 2006

irwin.jpgIrwin Schiff, the author of a series of books of absurd tax theory and convicted leader of a tax evasion conspiracy, received a 13-year sentence on tax crimes yesterday. This looks like the end of Mr. Schiff's long dismal career in the tax protest business, as he will be over 90 years old before his sentence runs out.

He was also ordered to cough up $4.2 million in restitution.

The Associated Press reports:

Schiff remained defiant on Friday, declaring: "There is no law that required me to pay the tax."

Unfortunately for Mr. Schiff, that's not the opinion of the judge, the jury, the federal marshals, and the Bureau of Prisons, so his opinion seems unlikely to prevail at this point.

His attorney tried to get him out on an insanity defense. It's too late for Mr. Schiff, but it's at least an arguable defense for anybody who still believes Mr. Schiff's theories.


Prior Tax Update coverage of Mr. Schiff.

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