Christian Michael Bowman of Columbia City, Oregon, is taking taxpayer funding of abortion to court with a specific challenge to the Internal Revenue Service. Citing the federal government’s funding of abortion, 53-year-old Bowman has refused to file a tax return or pay taxes since 1999 despite the IRS sending him warnings and garnishing money from his bank account. Federal prosecutors argue that his cashing of paychecks constitutes “remov[ing] his income from the reach of tax authorities” and have indicted him for felony tax evasion in the amount of $356,857 in addition to four misdemeanor counts for willfully failing to file returns. Last week, however, U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman sided with Bowman against the felony charge that he is trying to conceal his income or deceive the federal government.
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COLUMBIA CITY, Oregon, April 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Like 60% of Americans, Michael Bowman opposes taxpayer funding of abortion. Unlike most Americans, he is currently squaring off against the Internal Revenue Service to avoid doing so.
Bowman is a 53-year-old Christian and contract engineer in Columbia City, Oregon. He has refused to file a tax return or pay taxes since 1999, The Oregonian reports, citing the federal government’s funding of the abortion industry.
“I’m not a tax protester. I love my country,” he told the paper. “I have a duty to my country. I have a duty to my conscience.”
The IRS has sent him numerous warnings over unpaid taxes from 2002 to 2014, and in 2012 the Oregon Department of Revenue began garnishing money from Bowman’s bank account. In response, he started cashing out his paychecks and leaving only a minimum balance in his account.