Washington (April 18, 2002) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 6-3 decision that a husband's interests in property he held with his wife as tenants by the entirety may be attached by a federal tax lien to recover unpaid taxes owed separately by the husband.

The Court reversed the Sixth Circuit, which had held that no lien attached because the husband had no separate interest in the entireties property under Michigan law. Justices Scalia, Stevens and Thomas dissented.

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