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Who knew Jerry Koosman was a tax protester?

Koosman The former member of the Miracle Mets was sentenced last week to six months in prison for not paying his federal taxes between 2002 and 2004. That oversight cost Uncle Sam around $80,000.

When Koosman pled guilty to tax evasion in May, he said he didn't file because his research led him to conclude that only federal workers and  D.C. residents had to pay federal taxes.

That's a classic -- and totally incorrect, false and unfounded -- tax protester argument. The IRS continues to debunk these claims, but still the anti-tax wingnuts keep trying to use it.

What's that saying? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Koosman, however, disavows the tax protester tag. At his sentencing, the two-time MLB All-Star apologized, saying he was suckered by the anti-tax fringe movement.

To ensure you don't fall for the same claptrap, check out the IRS comprehensive review of frivolous tax arguments.

And remember, if you try these, you will end up owing the taxes you tried to avoid, as well as the normal penalties and interest and a potential added fine of up to $25,000.


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