Sunday, October 18, 2015

Irwin Schiff, tax resister and candidate for 1996 L.P. nomination, dies in federal prison

Irwin Schiff, famed advocate of refusal to pay income taxes, passed away yesterday in federal prison at age 87. In 1996, Schiff sought the Libertarian nomination for President, participating in a debate with other candidates that was broadcast on C-SPAN. In 2005, Schiff was convicted on several counts of tax evasion and failure to file, and was sentenced on his 78th birthday to 12 years and 7 months in prison, a term he was still serving on his death.

Recently Irwin’s son Peter Schiff, himself a well-known libertarian and successful financial broker, plead for a mercy release of his father so he could spend his final days with his family. The request was not granted.

Our condolences to the Schiff family.

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