Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Pete Hendrickson Barred From Filing Truthful And Accurate 1040 Forms

Wednesday, May 9, 2007 2:16 PM

Court Enjoins Tax Author Hendrickson By Changing His Testimony

Judge bars Commerce Twp. tax protester from filing returns

Paul Egan / The Detroit News

A Commerce Township man who has become nationally known for promoting the idea that only government employees are required to pay federal taxes was handed a setback Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

Judge Nancy G. Edmunds issued a permanent injunction barring Peter Hendrickson, 51, and his wife, Doreen, from filing tax returns and forms in which she said they falsely report their income as zero.

Edmunds, who dismissed the Hendricksons' interpretation of the law as "false and frivolous," also ordered the couple to repay more than $20,000 in federal income, Social Security and Medicare taxes she said they had obtained by filing false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service.

"Defendants will not be harmed by the entry of an injunction against them because they will only be required to obey the law," Edmunds said.

Hendrickson, who represented himself in the civil suit brought by the U.S. Justice Department, said he will appeal the order. He said he fills out his tax forms truthfully and accurately and for Edmunds to order him to fill them out differently amounts to witness tampering or suborning perjury.

"This is a very significant issue," he said.

Hendrickson promotes his tax ideas in his book, Cracking the Code-- the Fascinating Truth About Taxation in America.

The IRS includes Hendrickson on its "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams featured on its Web site.

The Justice Department said in a news release Wednesday that an unspecified number of Americans around the country have filed false tax returns based on Hendrickson's teachings.

In 2006, the department filed lawsuits against the Hendricksons and seven other tax filers in Michigan, Nevada, Alabama, Kansas and Florida, seeking to recover erroneous tax refunds. The government has now prevailed against all nine defendants, the news release said.

Hendrickson was convicted in 1992 on federal criminal charges for failing to file a tax return and for a conspiracy involving a firebomb placed in a bin at a post office in Royal Oak on April 16, 1990. Hendrickson testified he wrapped a tea bag around the tubing of the bomb in reference to the famous Boston Tea Party tax protest that precipitated the Revolutionary War.

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