Charles Merrill, a self-made millionaire and cousin of the co-founder of Merrill Lynch, could end up serving three years or more in jail for not filing income taxes since beginning a tax protest in 2004.
A self-described artist, bisexual and fervent atheist, Merrill has refused to pay his taxes in protest of the Defense of Marriage Act and alleged "anti-gay discrimination implicit in the U.S. federal tax code." He faces a penalty of three years in prison or a $25,000 fine for each year he has not filed taxes.
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