Supremes asked to undo confiscation of $60,000 home for $5K tax bill

The confiscation of homeowners’ equity has been a surging problem in America in recent years: Government agencies confiscate properties, including homes, for nonpayment of taxes or fines, and often assume ownership of the entire value rather than returning any value over the payment owed to the homeowner.

It’s been contested, too, and a couple years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that confiscating a valuable vehicle over a minor charge amounted to an “excessive fine” that was banned by the Constitution.

The issue, however, is far from resolved, and the Supreme Court now is being asked to issue a ruling that would establish that governments can tax, and they can fine, but they cannot take more than what is owed.

It is the Pacific Legal Foundation that is involved in the latest dispute, and has moved the case to the highest court.

It involves a tax and interest bill of a little over $5,000 that was owed by a Nebraska man who was unable to pay.

The case developed like this, the foundation reported:

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