By Associated Press - Saturday, February 13, 2016

PLAINFIELD, N.H. (AP) - Officials in the small New Hampshire town where tax militants held federal marshals at bay for nine months in an armed standoff are questioning the meager amount federal officials plan to allot it after a tax auction in October.

Plainfield is owed about $233,000 in back taxes and interest, but the federal government’s plan calls for it to receive just over $31,000 in taxes and expenses.

The Valley News reports (https://bit.ly/1TYM7ih ) that the order proposed by the U.S. Department of Justice calls for the federal government to keep about $175,000 of the $205,000 bid on the 100-acre compound formerly owned by convicted tax evaders Ed and Elaine Brown.

The Browns are in their 70s and serving sentences of 30 years and more for tax evasion and charges related to the standoff at the compound.

Plainfield town manager Steve Halleran says the town was taken aback by the proposal.



By contrast, another draft motion obtained by the newspaper shows the city of Lebanon would receive more than 90 percent of the back taxes and penalties it is owed on Elaine Brown’s former dental office on Glen Road in West Lebanon that federal authorities also seized.

Lebanon is owed almost $356,000 in back taxes on the Glen Road property, according to tax collector Susan McBain. Federal officials propose giving the city $333,000 of the $415,000 from the sale of the property. The property is assessed at $1 million, according to the city’s property records.

A justice department spokeswoman declined to comment.

Plainfield’s attorney, Barry Schuster, said the town has requested additional information from the Justice Department regarding its calculations.

“The IRS has put a number out, and we have no idea on what it’s based,” he told the Valley News. “Until we do, we really don’t know what reaction we should have.”

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