LEADER OF EST MOVEMENT WINS $200,000 FROM IRS.Byline: P.J. Huffstutter Daily News Staff Writer
After years of legal wrangling, the Internal Revenue Service has settled with Werner Werner is a name of Germanic origins that could refer to numerous people or entities.
The oldest known usage of the name was in the Habsburg family.
Calling Tuesday's $200,000 settlement a ``victory for every person in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. ,'' Erhard's attorney, Michael Saltzman, said he hopes the case will encourage the IRS An abbreviation for the Internal Revenue Service, a federal agency charged with the responsibility of administering and enforcing internal revenue laws. to be more sensitive about disclosing tax information.
``We're pleased to finally get closure on this matter,'' said Saltzman, a New York-based tax attorney. ``We feel this is a step toward clarifying the record that the IRS left in 1991 about Mr. Erhard.''
Between April 9 and April 15, 1991, several IRS spokesmen were widely reported as saying that Erhard owed millions of dollars in back taxes, that he was transferring assets out of the country, and that the agency was suing Erhard. The implication was that Erhard was a tax cheat who refused to pay his taxes that were lawfully law·ful
1. Being within the law; allowed by law: lawful methods of dissent.
2. Established, sanctioned, or recognized by the law: the lawful heir. due.
In fact, Erhard, 61, contended that he never refused to pay a lawfully due tax and has not refused to pay millions in back taxes. He alleged that not only did the IRS spokesmen illegally disclose confidential tax return information, but that their statements were false.
The founder and head of San Francisco-based Erhard Seminars Training Erhard Seminars Training, (usually referred to as est, in lower-case letters) is the name of a hugely popular and sometimes controversial 2-weekend personal-growth workshop which was presented to the general public in the 1970's and 1980's and is also the original name of Inc., popularly called est, filed a wrongful wrongful Forensic medicine An adjective with considerable medico-legal currency, used in several contexts. See Negligence.
Wrongful death An event that is usually regarded as negligent. See Negligence. disclosure suit against the IRS in 1993.
IRS spokesmen subsequently admitted that statements attributed to them about Erhard's supposed tax liability were false, but that they did not ask the media to correct the statements.