Nope, God Still Can’t Get You Out of Taxes


An Oregon man is learning the lesson that Kent Hovind learned — or should have learned — a few years ago, that invoking your religious beliefs does not get you out of having to pay taxes. His refusal to render unto Caesar earned him 8 years in prison and over $7 million in debt to the IRS.

Standing before a federal judge Monday, a software entrepreneur defended his decade-long refusal to pay federal income taxes, saying that complying with demands made by the Internal Revenue Service would break his “blood covenant” with God.

“My hands, my feet, my words, my ideas, my labor, my actions are all and have been given to the Lord for his glory,” said Chester Evans Davis, 56, of Oregon City, convicted last March of tax evasion, evasion of assessment and other charges.

Submitting a tax return would “put the God of this state above my God,” Davis said, his voice breaking. “I won’t do it.”

But U.S. District Judge Michael Simon rejected the businessman’s claims that he simply had an honest dispute with the IRS. He sentenced Davis to eight years and one month in prison.

The judge noted that Davis, believed to owe $7.1 million in taxes and penalties, transferred money to try to hide it from the government, attempted to file harassing liens against federal officials and even tried to obtain arrest warrants against IRS employees.

Tell it to the judge. Oh wait, you already did. Tell it to your cellmate.

Comments

  1. Randomfactor says

    He should’ve claimed to be a bank–he’d have gotten a Federal subsidy.

  2. Eurasian magpie says

    Submitting a tax return would “put the God of this state above my God,” Davis said, his voice breaking. “I won’t do it.”

    I wonder if he realises he is practising henotheism…

  3. says

    “My hands, my feet, my words, my ideas, my labor, my actions are all and have been given to the Lord for his glory,”

    I notice he didn’t mention his wallet being given to God. It’s funny how his deeply held religious beliefs don’t include donating to a tax-deductible charity.

  4. John Pieret says

    transferred money to try to hide it from the government

    If he was sincere in his beliefs, why would he do that?

    This same sort of thing is what got Hovind canned for a decade … that and his being stupid enough to talk to his wife about how he planned to get back at the IRS on a prison phone. The tapes of his conversations were played for the judge at the sentencing hearing.

  5. Chiroptera says

    With apologies to Berkeley Breathed, sometimes the judge should be allowed to say, “Bailiff, kick this nut in the butt.”

    This reminds me of a Mr. Boffo cartoon:

    A group of guys are playing poker, and one of them is saying, “You want to hear about government waste? I’ll tell you about government waste. I paid my taxes years ago, and they’ve still sending me the forms!”

    The caption was: “People who don’t quite grasp the concept.”

  6. raven says

    It says in the NT bible in several places that you are supposed to obey the rulers and pay your taxes.

    Romans 13:

    5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

    6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

    If Davis had any knowledge of his religion’s magic book, he would know that.

    Now about that blood covenant with god. Got any evidence for this? It would look better in court if god had shown up and confirmed that covenant.

  7. dingojack says

    ‘A blood covenant with god’, eh? What’s that old lawyers saying about verbal contracts again?
    Dingo

  8. Snoof says

    6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

    <sarcasm>
    Oh Raven. There you go, taking things literally again. You’re so unsophisticated. All reputable theologians know that part was meant metaphorically! It refers to… uh… God’s grace in the face of human corruption. If you’d just read with the eyes of faith, you’d understand that it doesn’t actually refer to paying taxes! That’s just the kind of ridiculous straw man argument you atheists are always making.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go and explain to some children that when the Bible says creation took six days, it meant exactly 144 hours, and they’ll burn eternally in hell if they don’t believe it.
    </sarcasm>

  9. says

    Simon also noted the irony that much of the success of Davis’ company, Gladstone-based ESA International, came from federal contracts.

    You just knew that was going to be the case, didn’t you?

    To add to the amusement, a good fraction of his savings that was seized was in the form of physical gold. Don’t tell the goldbugs that gold isn’t safe from the feds.

  10. Irreverend Bastard says

    I totally read that as

    God Can’t Get You Out of Texas

    Still makes a frightening amount of sense.

  11. kantalope says

    hehe i thought that said god can’t get you out of Texas…man what is it with that state?

  12. says

    attempted to file harassing liens against federal officials and even tried to obtain arrest warrants against IRS employees.

    Sovereign Citizen bullshit follower

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