UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA )

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Petitioner   )                           

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                    -against-                       )                      No. SA05CA1056

                                                          )                               RF             

HENRY D. GOLTZ                        )

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                                     Respondent  )                                              

 

 

RESPONDENT’S AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT

OF MOTION TO VACATE

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Henry D. Goltz, being duly sworn, deposes and says:

1.                  I am the Respondent in the matter captioned above and I make this affidavit in support of the motion to vacate the order of this court, signed on October 31, 2005, enforcing the IRS Summons.

2.                  On November 21, 2005, Respondent was served by a United States Marshall with a copy of said Order, together with a copy of a Petition To Enforce Internal Revenue Service Summons, signed by Craig A. Gargotta, Assistant U.S. Attorney, with its exhibits A, B and C.

3.                  The Court’s Order orders Respondent to comply with the IRS Summons by November 30, 2005 or answer to a charge of criminal contempt of court.

4.                  Prior to November 21, Respondent had no knowledge of DOJ’s Petition To Enforce the IRS Summons.

5.                  In violation of his 5th and 14th Amendment Right to Due Process, Respondent was not given an opportunity to seek judicial review of the validity of the summons or to otherwise respond to DOJ’s Petition to Enforce the IRS Summons.

6.                  “[I]f the IRS seeks enforcement of a summons through the federal courts, those subject to the proposed order must be given a reasonable opportunity to contest the government’s request.” Schulz v IRS, 413 F.3d 297, 299 (2d Cir. 2005) (Schulz II).

7.                  “Reading 26 U.S.C. Sections 7210 and 7604 to allow the imposition of penal consequences for failure to comply with an IRS summons renders the sections unconstitutional unless the summoned taxpayer has an opportunity to seek judicial review of the summons before placing the taxpayer at risk of punishment.” Schulz v IRS, 413 F.3d 297, 301 (2d Cir. 2005) (Schulz II). (emphasis in the original). 

8.                  The ruling in Schulz is consistent with the rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, to wit, “[W]e remit the parties to the comprehensive procedure of the Code, which provides full opportunity for judicial review before any coercive sanctions my be imposed.” Reisman v Caplin, 375 U.S. 440 (1964). “ Congress has provided protection from arbitrary or capricious action by placing the federal courts between the Government and the person summoned [by the IRS].” United States v Bisceglia, 420 U.S. 141 (1975). “ [T]he summoned party is entitled to challenge the issuance of the summons in as adversary proceeding in federal court prior to enforcement, and may assert appropriate defenses.” United States v. Euge, 444 U.S. 707,719 (1980) (emphasis added). “Thus the [IRS] summons is administratively issued but its enforcement is only by federal court authority in an adversary proceeding affording the opportunity for challenge and complete protection to the witness.” Donaldson v. U.S., 400 U.S. 517, 525 (1971). (emphasis added).

9.                  Based on the above, respondent respectfully requests an order vacating the Court’s October 31, 2005 Order, and for such other and further relief as to the Court may seem just and proper.

 

Dated: November 23, 2005

 

                                                                                                ___________________

                                                                                                Henry D. Goltz

                                                                                                7434 Tall Cedar

                                                                                                San Antonio, TX 78249

 

 

Sworn to before me

this ___ day of November, 2005

 

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Notary