Along those same lines...

...from the NY Times:

Adopting a new tactic in pursuing businesses that refuse to withhold taxes from their employees' paychecks, the Justice Department filed three lawsuits yesterday asking federal judges to compel the withholding and inform workers about the actions.

One of the business owners named in the suits said he would not comply with any such court order. [...]

The first case was against Al Thompson, owner of Cencal Aviation in Lake Shasta, Calif., a maker of flight bags and other accessories for pilots. Mr. Thompson told his 25 employees in September 2000 that no law required payment of taxes, and he has asserted that the federal government has no authority over his business. [...]

The second case, also filed in Sacramento, was brought against James O. and Sandra L. Molen, owners of Touch of Class Florist in Chico, Calif. The Molens sought a refund of all taxes withheld from 1997 through 1999. The Internal Revenue Service sent them a check for $30,698 in error, the Justice Department said. That refund plus taxes that should have been withheld since 1999 total $110,927, according to court papers.

"They can take a hike," Mr. Molen said. "I do not intend to abide by any command of me, flesh and blood, to do anything."

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