No one -- not you, not the President of the United States of America -- loves* doing taxes. Most of us, however, will not invoke Satan himself in an argument against doing them. Apparently, that's what James Schlosser of Bird-in-Hand, PA, has done for 21 years. Our friends at the esteemed Associated Press have the story:
"A Pennsylvania man has been convicted of failing to file his income tax returns for 21 years because he considered using a Social Security number akin to using the 'mark of the beast' spelled out in the Bible."
Schlosser, a longtime medical equipment salesman, didn't file returns from 1994 to 2014, prosecutors say, for a total of $2.3 million in unreported income, which he then put into foreign business trusts and corporations he had set up in Nevada.
In light of all that, Schlosser's adherence to biblical literalism did not save him. The IRS brought the hellfire and brimstone. After the verdict came in, the agency's Criminal Investigation Acting SAC Gregory Floyd put it this way, "Convictions, like the one returned against James K. Schlosser, send a loud and clear message that regardless of their opinions, people who willfully defy the tax laws will be fully investigated, prosecuted, and subjected to the full punishment of the law for their actions."