Posts Tagged ‘elaine brown’

Tax Roundup, 12/1/14: Abe Lincoln’s year-end tax wisdom. And: Oh, THOSE e-mails!

Monday, December 1st, 2014 by Joe Kristan

Accounting Today visitors, here is your film tax credit link: Report from the Battle of Scottsdale.

 

Lincoln“If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it.” Abraham Lincoln’s “House Divided” speech.

I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. Now it’s December, which means it’s time to begin serious tax planning. President Lincoln’s timeless observation applies very much to year-end tax planning.

To do any tax planning, you have to know where you stand before making any year-end tax planning moves. You need to see where your income, deductions and tax payments are likely to be if you do nothing before year-end — in other words, you need to project your 2014 tax return.  You also need to make your best guess at your 2015 taxes.

If you try to do tax planning tricks without doing a projection, you can actually make things worse. For example, if you prepay state and local taxes in 2014, and you are subject to alternative minimum tax in 2014, you accomplish nothing. If you are also not subject to AMT in 2015, you’ve actually increased your tax bill over the two-year period.

The best way to start your projection is with a copy of your 2013 return. Identify income and expense items that are likely to be different in 2014 and 2015. Then review your pay stub and for income and withholding and see where you are likely to end up for the year on those items.  If you have a business, you need to forecast your income at year end. The you know where you are and whither you are tending, and you and your tax advisor can better judge what to do and how to do it.

 

This Koskinen isn't the IRS commissioner

This Koskinen isn’t the IRS commissioner

TaxProf, The IRS Scandal, Day 571. It seems the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found Lois Lerner’s missing e-mails on backup tapes that Commissioner Koskinen said didn’t exist. Commissioner Koskinen’s effort to find the missing e-mails rivals O.J. Simpson’s search for the real killer.

Robert W. Wood, In ‘Lost’ Trove Of IRS Emails, 2,500 May Link White House To Confidential Taxpayer Data.

 

TaxGrrrl’s Interview with Commissioner Koskinen: Miserable, Awful & Delayed: Commissioner, Tax Advocate Talk 2015 Tax Season:

Already, the Commissioner is anticipating that the IRS will only be able to answer about 53% of calls – after a wait time of about 34 minutes – for the upcoming fiscal year. That’s just about half – but, the Commissioner confirms, “It could be worse.”

 

But the Commissioner still thinks he has the spare resources for a “voluntary” preparer regulation scheme.

Russ Fox, One Ringy Dingy, Two Ringy Dingies… “Yes, I was on hold for two hours today on the IRS Practitioner Priority Service before my call was picked up.”  Good thing his call was a priority, then.

 

Tony Nitti, The Four Tax Breaks (And Two Senators) That Killed The Tax Extender Deal. The immigration action is also implicated.

Robert D. Flach, OOPS – THEY DID IT AGAIN! “Well, it is December. And the idiots in Congress have not yet dealt with the issue of the ‘tax extenders’.”

Kyle Pomerleau, Why Not Just Get Rid of Them All? (Tax Policy Blog). “While most tax extenders are wasteful, there are a few that are worth keeping and would actually be part of a flat tax.”

 

20140814-1Kristine Tidgren offers A Few Year-End Tax Planning Tips for Farmers.

Alan Perez, Tax Planning for Clergy. The post includes a nice checklist for clergy tax planning.

Jason Dinesen, From the Archives: How to Properly Calculate Taxability of a Federal Refund on Your Iowa Tax Return

Peter Reilly, Motocross Racing With Tax Deductible Dollars Works This Time

Keith Fogg, IRS Makes Novel Use Of Outside Contractors—To Audit Microsoft (Procedurally Taxing):

The IRS has changed the regulation concerning who can participate in an examination to include private contractors.  It has hired a private law firm as an expert.  Microsoft appears to be the first examination using private contractors to become public.  The issue deserves attention in order to determine if this represents a new and better way to examine complex returns or a capitulation of what was previously considered a governmental function.

I’m still waiting for the people who got all upset about the IRS using private collection agencies to say something about this.

 

Jeff Stimpson of Accounting Today has posted his “In the Blogs” roundup for the week. Lots of good tax links.

Annette Nellen discusses Inflation adjustments in the tax law. “Our federal income tax is not consistent regarding the need to prevent bracket creep for all taxpayers.”

Kay Bell, IRS’ positive public perception picking up a bit. It would be hard to make it sink lower.

Jack Townsend notes the WAPO Article on Expatriate Taxation – The Mayor of London.

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Cheap liquor likely to remain a focus for alcoholics. Nonresident Income Taxes Likely to Remain a Focus for State Tax Authorities (Cara Griffith, Tax Analysts Blog). The post discusses states aggressive assessment of non-residents who sneeze near state lines, and the so-far failed push for Congress to provide uniform rules.

Alan Cole, Confusing Income with Taxable Income (Tax Policy Blog): “The rest of America is quite a bit richer, and quite a bit better at earning capital income, than Wonkblog gives it credit for.”

Joseph Thorndike, The Best Hopeless Idea in Washington (Tax Analysts Blog). That would be a carbon tax.

Norton Francis, What Falling Oil Prices Will Mean for State Budgets (TaxVox)

 

No Takers for the Brown house. The IRS can’t seem to unload property seized from Ed and Elaine Brown after their armed tax protest standoff. It seems buyers want some assurance that they won’t be killed by stray booby-traps.

Career Corner, So You Failed the CPA Exam Before the Holidays, Now What? (Adrienne Gonzalez, Going Concern)

 

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Tax Roundup, 6/4/14: IRS to ease up on FBAR foot-faulters? And: nanny-state taxes!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 by Joe Kristan

Programming note: The Tax Update will take Thursday and Friday off this week to tend to a family wedding.  We’ll be back as usual Monday.

Former IRS Commissioner Shulman, showing how much he cares for innocent victims of his FBAR war.

Former IRS Commissioner Shulman, showing how much he cares for innocent victims of his FBAR war.

Maybe we shouldn’t be shooting jaywalkers?  The IRS may be declaring a cease-fire in its long war on inadvertent foreign account violators.  Tax Analysts reports ($link) that IRS Commissioner Koskinen told a tax conference that it will be modifying its Offshore Voluntary Compliance Initiative:

“We are well aware that there are many U.S. citizens who have resided abroad for many years, perhaps even the vast majority of their lives,” Koskinen told a luncheon audience at the 2014 OECD International Tax Conference in Washington. “We have been considering whether these individuals should have an opportunity to come into compliance that doesn’t involve the type of penalties that are appropriate for U.S.-resident taxpayers who were willfully hiding their investments overseas.”

Gee, you think so?  You really think 25%-300% penalties might not be appropriate for the crime of committing personal finance while living abroad?  What could possibly have given him that idea?

     Koskinen also pointed to taxpayers residing in the United States with offshore accounts “whose prior noncompliance clearly did not constitute willful tax evasion but who, to date, have not had a clear way of coming into compliance that doesn’t involve the threat of substantial penalties.”

“We believe that re-striking this balance between enforcement and voluntary compliance is particularly important at this point in time, given that we are nearing July 1, the effective date of FATCA,” Koskinen said. 

One of the things that made Doug Shulman the Worst Commissioner Ever was his brutal treatment of trivial inadvertent offshore paperwork filing violators.  Hopefully his successor will make coming into compliance voluntarily a transparent, predictable process designed primarily to ensure future compliance.  Something like state programs for non-resident non-filers, where taxpayers pay back taxes, if any, and interest for a limited number of open years would make sense  People are understandably reluctant to come into compliance when it can mean financial ruin.

The IRS has not released any details of this kinder, gentler approach, so curb your enthusiasm for now.

Related: IRS Commissioner Koskinen Announces that Changes — Liberalizations — Are In the Offing for OVDP 2012  (Jack Townsend)  “All in all, this is good news, at least from a hope perspective.”

 

20140409-1Robert D Flach offers YET ANOTHER POST CALLING FOR A VOLUNTARY TAX PREPARER DESIGNATION.  Robert makes his case for a “voluntary” designation for preparers who meet some standard.

Robert says something I agree with:

  Having the IRS oversee the designation is not the best idea.  I have suggested that the voluntary RTRP-like designation be administered by an independent industry-based organization like an American Institute of Registered Tax Return Preparers (see “It’s Time for Independent Certification for Tax Preparers“).

If the IRS has nothing to do with it, fine.  If it does, it will inevitably do special favors for its “voluntary” friends and make like difficult for others.

Robert is a little like the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, looking for a brain.  The movie quickly makes clear that the Scarecrow already has a perfectly good brain; all he lacks is a diploma.  Robert, a perfectly good (if old-fashioned) preparer, doesn’t need a diploma to save his clients from the Wicked Witch.

 

TaxGrrrl, After TIGTA Report, Expect More Tax Refund Delays,  The IRS is encouraged to expand its refund offset programs.

Paul Neiffer, Portability Revisited. “With the “permanent” changes in the estate tax laws from about 2 years ago, we now have a permanent provision called portability.  This allows for the unused portion of someone’s estate to be “ported” over to the surviving spouse to be used on their final estate tax return.”

 

TaxProf, The IRS Scandal, Day 391

 

 

The income tax, the Ultimate Swiss Army Knife of public policy.  Flickr Image courtesy redjar under Creative Commons license.

The income tax, the Ultimate Swiss Army Knife of public policy. Flickr Image courtesy redjar under Creative Commons license.

Joseph Thorndike, Democrats Just Love Their Nanny-State Taxes (Tax Analysts Blog):

The Tax Foundation recently spotlighted a Democratic tax proposal that gives substance to the name-calling: the Stop Subsidizing Childhood Obesity Act, introduced last month by Sens. Tom Harkin, and Richard Blumenthal.

According to its champions, the act would protect children from the predations of junk food purveyors. In particular, it would deny manufacturers any sort of tax deduction “for advertising and marketing directed at children to promote the consumption of food of poor nutritional quality.” It would use the resulting revenue to help fund the Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

That all sounds great. Except for the fact that it’s arbitrary, capricious, and an egregious misuse of tax policy.

The tax law – is there anything it can’t do?

Joseph adds, wisely:

Reasonable people can disagree about what qualifies as a loophole. But by almost any definition, the deduction for advertising junk food is not one.

Once you decide the tax law is a public policy Swiss Army Knife, there’s no logical place to stop.

 

20140411-1Kay Bell, Calories or volume: Which is the better tax on sugary drinks?  Neither.  Some problems just aren’t tax problems.

David Brunori’s righteous anger at taxes on e-cigarettes is now freely available at Tax Analysts Blog: Taxing E-Cigarettes Seems Crazy.  “Yet politicians routinely say that e-cigarettes will lead people to start smoking, or worse — use drugs! Are they daft?”  No, just greedy.

 

Renu Zaretsky, In the Midwest, Across the Pacific, and Down Under.  Tax Custs in Ohio and a rejected tax boost in Missouri are part of the TaxVox headline roundup today.

 

Tax Justice Blog, Will Anti-Tax Yogis Sink Tax-Reform in D.C.?.  If that’s what it takes to get the pic-i-nic basket.

 

This will make the homecoming in 2042 a little less awkward.  WMUR.com reports:

The woman who, along with her husband, held police at bay during a nine-month standoff in 2007 over tax evasion has apologized to the community.

Elaine Brown’s apology appeared in Plain Facts, a monthly publication written by Plainfield residents.

She said she and her husband Ed were trying to advance the “cause of justice.” She went on to say they “failed to take into account the impact we were having on others in the town. We failed to realize the fear, anxiety and impact we were causing these good people.

She was unable to apologize in person because she has been detained — until November 2042, according to the Bureau of Prisons inmate locator.  She should be home in time to invite her neighbors to her 102nd birthday party.

 

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Tax Roundup, 7/23/2013: It’s not a fixer-upper, unless you trip a mine. And how to spend your $104 million.

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 by Joe Kristan

20130723-1Ed and Elaine Brown won’t be needing their New Hampshire house anytime soon, so the IRS is selling it.  If you’re a potential buyer, good luck finding a home inspector.  TaxGrrrl reports:

While federal officials hope to unload the property, former home of Ed and Elaine Brown, in order to settle a number of debts, they’ve had to be clear that they can’t guarantee that explosives and other booby traps aren’t hidden on the property. Even more interesting? Your bid doesn’t guarantee you access to the property: you won’t be able to check it out until you’ve been deemed the winning bidder and agreed that you absolve the government from any bad stuff that could happen after you enter the property. You know, like losing a limb or dying. Despite having bomb detection devices and dogs on the property, authorities can’t guarantee that the property is clear from bombs and other booby-traps.

The Browns were well prepared for a regular armed assault when they holed-up in their house following their convictions on federal tax charges.  So federal authorities wisely posed as supporters of the Browns incoherent cause; the Browns invited them in, where they surprised and arrested the couple.

If you want to get away from it all, but have small children or limbs that you don’t want to take chances with, the IRS Auction website has plenty of real estate to choose from, including 31 wooded acres near Spooner, Wisconsin pictured above.

Kay Bell has more.

 

All righty, then. A Cincinnati IRS Lawyer Speaks:  We Are Democrats, But Nonpartisan Democrats(TaxProf).  Well, then, I’m sure the Tea Party folks are now completely reassured.

Watch out for scandal creeps. IRS scandal creeps closer to White House (Mike Hashimoto)

Shooting the messenger.  The Smearing of J. Russell George   (Eliana Johnson)  As the IRS scandal heats up, expect more of this.

I’m sure they were talking tax policy.  Embattled IRS chief counsel met with Obama 2 days before agency changed targeting criteria (Daily Caller)

Richard Borean, Monday Map: Growth in State Government Spending, 2001-2011

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Paul Neiffer, Will Crop Insurance Proceeds Be Deferrable This Year?  “The income tax laws allow you to defer crop insurance proceeds related to yield loss, but not price loss.”

Kay Bell, The many U.S. tax breaks for your little prince or princess

News you can use.  How Not To Run A Side Business: Navigating The Hobby Loss Rules (Tony Nitti)

 

Tax Justice Blog, OECD Action Plan Would Reduce Corporate Tax Avoidance But Fails to Propose Fundamental Reform

Martin Sullivan, How Will Business Lobbyists Spin the OECD Action Plan? (Tax Analysts Blog)

Jeremy Scott, Shedding Light on Advance Pricing Agreements (Tax Analysts Blog)

Peter Reilly, Freedom Rider Asks To Give Peace A Chance – Peace Tax Fund Act Of 2013

Brian Mahany, Two Florida Physicians & CPA Indicted in Unreported Foreign Accounts Scheme

 

It’s Tuesday, so it’s Buzz-day at Robert D. Flach’s place!

Claire Celsi, All Media is Biased (IowaBiz.com).  Yes, even the Tax Update.

It’s OK, the drinks are on the IRS.  Brad Birkenfeld, who received $104 million as an IRS reward for blowing up Swiss bank secrecy, seems to be using his reward as many of us might. Portsmouth Patch reports:

Bradley Birkenfeld, a whistleblower who received an enormous award for helping expose tax evaders, was arrested in Portsmouth.

Birkenfeld, 48, of Rye Beach, was charged with DWI at a roadblock set up by police Friday night. He was released on $750 bail.

Yes, it’s important to set the bail high enough to ensure the defendant shows up for court.

Unless they’re lifeguards.  Studying for the CPA Exam at the Beach Isn’t Really an Option Since Most Candidates Have Jobs (Going Concern)

 

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Brown standoff with reality continues

Friday, January 20th, 2012 by Joe Kristan

Ed and Elaine Brown yesterday lost the appeal of their long sentences stemming from tax charges, and especially from their long holdout in a fortified New Hampshire compound after their tax convictions.
The Browns probably weren’t helped by their unusual view of the legal system. From the 1st Circuit opinion:

If it could be given a label, Edward’s belief system appears most akin to the so-called sovereign citizen movement whose proponents believe they are not subject to federal or state statutes or proceedings, reject most forms of taxation as illegitimate, and place special significance in commercial law. See Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereign_citizen_movement (last visited January 13, 2012). Edward’s comments reflected this philosophy. He repeatedly indicated that he did not recognize the district court or the laws it operated under. He also referred to himself and Elaine as “secured party creditors” and stated that a criminal case is really a “commercial transaction.” He referred to the court as “nothing but a commercial court” and “one of the
biggest businesses in the country.”

“Secured party creditors?” Well, they’re secured, that’s for sure.
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Russ Fox has more.
Link: USA v. Ed Brown, CA-1, No-1081
Related: 37 years for Ed Brown

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Does the municipal government have a duty to protect your armed fortress from the IRS?

Monday, November 8th, 2010 by Joe Kristan

It probably never occured to the village fathers of Plainfield, N.H. that they might have a duty to help an anti-tax couple in their armed standoff with federal agents. But with lots of time to ponder these things in prison, it has occurred to the couple, Ed and Elaine Brown. From Boston.com:

Ed and Elaine Brown’s lawsuit says because they paid their Plainfield property taxes, the town should have shielded them from federal authorities. The couple, who insist the federal income tax is unconstitutional, holed up in their home after being sentenced to five years in prison for tax evasion.

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It’s hard enough for municipal officials to keep the sewers working, fill the potholes and find jobs for nephews without figuring out how to augment the defenses at the local tax protester’s armed survival compound. I’m no lawyer, but it seems unlikely that the local judge will find that the local authorities were required to mount an armed insurrection against federal authority. Besides, it’s all part of the conspiracy.

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Choose your friends carefully

Thursday, August 27th, 2009 by Joe Kristan

Maybe it wasn’t a great idea to hang out with Ed and Elaine Brown while they were holed up in their New Hampshire house to avoid prison following their tax conviction. At the very least, it’s not working out well for one couple:

A Sanbornville couple who supported tax protesters Ed and Elaine Brown during a nearly nine month standoff with federal agents have been arrested and charged with participation in tax fraud schemes in Massachusetts involving more than $16 million.
William Scott Dion and Catherine Floyd have been charged, along with several other defendants, with conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstructing the IRS for their part in creating a series of companies that federal prosecutors say were designed to obscure business finances from IRS scrutiny.

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The IRS might have targeted the couple anyway, but hanging out with armed tax fugitives during a holdout has to really boost your chances of an IRS audit.
It looks like the IRS thinks they were involved in a “warehouse bank” operation, which allows participants to run their transactions through a common account to conceal their income and expenses. They apparently plan to defend themselves without attorneys; they seem to really want to be reunited with the Browns, who are serving long sentences on tax and weapons charges.

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Browns’ retirement planning completed

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 by Joe Kristan

I failed to notice until this morning that tax holdouts Ed and Elaine Brown were convicted on weapons charges while I was out on vacation. The Browns had retreated to their fortress-like New Hampshire home after their tax evasion convictions, holding out for months until federal agents disguised as sympathizers arrested the couple.
It’s probably good that they are used to fortress-like accomodations:

No sentencing date has been set, but one of charges alone carries a mandatory 30-year sentence. Both Browns are in their 60s. They are already serving 5-year sentences for tax evasion.

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At least they don’t have to worry about their 401(k) plans now.

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Weapons trial begins for tax holdouts Ed and Elaine Brown

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 by Joe Kristan

Tax-defying couple Ed and Elaine Brown, who held out for months in a fortress-like compound in New Hampshire after they were convicted of tax evasion, were back in court yesterday to face weapons charges arising out of the holdout. It got interesting quickly when Mr. Brown tried to fire his lawyer just as the trial was to begin. The trial judge denied Mr. Brown’s requiest.
Mr. Brown said the lawyer wasn’t willing to conduct the defense the way Mr. Brown directed. I wonder why? Maybe it has to do with this:

In court filings, the Browns say they are not the people named in the indictment. They sign their motions:

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Why most defense attorneys advise against a lengthy armed holdout

Friday, February 20th, 2009 by Joe Kristan

Once they sensed that their tax protest arguments weren’t working in their tax evasion trial, Ed and Elaine Brown retreated to their fortified New Hampshire country home to hold out against the feds. The holdout lasted over nine months, until Federal Marshals posing as Brown supporters arrested the couple.
Now the couple is back in federal court facing 11 new federal charges, including weapons violations and obstruction of justice:

A couple convicted of tax evasion said Thursday that the federal government has no right to bring 11 new charges against them, including gun violations and obstruction of justice.
Ed and Elaine Brown and at least four co-conspirators stockpiled explosives and firearms at the couple’s home for possible use against law enforcement, according to the indictment.

The Browns, in their 60s, are serving five-year sentences. Convictions on the new charges would keep them in the Greybar old folks resort for some time beyond that.

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‘SON OF MAN’ ARRESTED AT ED BROWN’S FORTRESS

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 by Joe Kristan

The Lord truly works in mysterious ways:

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ED BROWN SUPPORTER PLEADS GUILTY

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 by Joe Kristan

A man who helped Ed and Elaine Brown while they were holed up in their New Hampshire house pleaded guilty fo federal charges yesterday:

Fifty-year-old Robert Wolffe of Randolph, Vt., pleaded guilty Tuesday to aiding and abetting Ed and Elaine Brown and conspiring to interfere with the government’s efforts to arrest them. The three charges carry a combined maximum sentence of more than 53 years in prison.
Under a plea agreement, Wolffe did not have any charges reduced or receive promises of a sentence reduction. But his cooperation with prosecutors could be a factor in their ultimate sentencing recommendation.

The Browns retreated to their fortress-like house to avoid going to prison following their tax evasion convictions. They were arrested without violence by federal agents posing as tax-protest sympathizers.
Related: ED BROWN WRAPUP

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ED BROWN WRAPUP

Monday, October 8th, 2007 by Joe Kristan

The feds didn’t take the Janet Reno “burn ‘em to save ‘em” approach to the arrest of Ed and Elaine Brown; after months of patient waiting and watching, they arrested the armed tax protestors without a shot being fired.
The press conference by the Federal Marshal in charge of the arrest is available on YouTube.

The marshal didn’t give all of the details, but it is interesting that the recent arrests of some supporters who had been supplying the Browns during the siege may have been critical to ending the standoff peacefully. When the marshals went in posing as Brown supporters, the Browns were alone in the house – making the arrest much safer than it would have been if there were a bunch of armed tax protesters in the next room.
Some more roundups of the aftermath of the siege:
Taking Down the Browns
Plainfield breathes sigh of relief
TaxProf Blog roundup
Tax Update coverage:
VERY TRICKY
NOW THE BROWNS WILL BE LOCKED IN FROM THE OUTSIDE

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VERY TRICKY

Friday, October 5th, 2007 by Joe Kristan

It looks as though the marshals who arrested Ed and Elaine Brown got into the fortified compound by posing as supporters:

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire tax fugitives Ed and Elaine Brown were arrested by deputy U.S. marshals who showed up at their door last night posing as supporters that the Browns had invited to their secluded home.
U.S. Marshal Stephen Monier says the Browns, who had vowed not to be taken alive, were arrested peacefully by a small team of deputies on their front porch

So the standoff ended quietly:

As Monier put it: “They invited us in, and we escorted them out.”

It sounds like a good thing that they were invited in. Given the “homemade bombs” and “booby traps” scattered about the compound, an uninvited guest might have gotten a warm reception.
Related: NOW THE BROWNS WILL BE LOCKED IN FROM THE OUTSIDE

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NOW THE BROWNS WILL BE LOCKED IN FROM THE OUTSIDE

Friday, October 5th, 2007 by Joe Kristan

Federal marshals arrested tax protesters Ed and Elaine Brown last night, peacefully ending a standoff that began back in January. They will now begin serving their 63-months sentences, with the prospect of more time for likely additional charges related to the standoff.
The Browns were convicted of tax evasion in January, but Mr. Brown stopped showing up for his trial and holed himself up in his rural New Hampshire fortress-house. His wife joined him in the house after the verdict came down, breaking a promise to the judge that she would not take part in the standoff.
The Feds have been stepping up the pressure on the Browns. Last month they arrested several sympathizers who they believed had been helping the Browns during the standoff.
It’s not clear how the Browns were arrested; they had vowed not to go peacefully. The U.S. Marshal heading the operation will hold a news conference this morning. Mr. Brown said he would go peacefully if somebody would “show me the law” that required him to pay his federal income taxes. Maybe he finally read our January post where we did just that. Hey, you’re welcome! But I’d still take the million dollars, if the offer is still good.
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LInks:
Boston Globe
Fox News
UnionLeader.com
CNN.com
UPDATE: It looks like they were tricked. The TaxProf has more.
Related Tax Update Coverage:
TROUBLE IN THE BROWN COMPOUND
LIVE ED
RATCHETING UP THE PRESSURE ON ED?
BACK AGAIN AT THE STANDOFF…

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