HARTFORD, Conn. — Irwin A. Schiff, author of the best-selling book "How Anyone Can Stop Paying Income Taxes," was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison and fined $30,000 for tax evasion.
But he was permitted to remain free on his own recognizance on the condition that he enter a hospital for treatment of depression, which a defense psychiatrist testified he suffered.
Schiff, 57, was given concurrent three-year terms and fined for three counts of tax evasion.
Tax Protests Banned
U.S. District Judge Peter C. Dorsey also placed Schiff on three years' probation and ordered him not to get involved in any tax protest activities during the period.
But Dorsey allowed Schiff to remain free on his own recognizance on the condition that he admit himself immediately to the psychiatric unit at the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven, Conn.