McDaniel v. Department of Treasury
ORDER granting 4 Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction and dismissing the case with prejudice. Signed by Judge Brian S. Miller on 3/4/10. (bkp)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS WESTERN DIVISION JAMES L. MCDANIEL v. TIMOTHY GEITHNER ORDER Defendant Timothy Geithner's motion to dismiss (Doc. No. 4) is granted. In support of his motion to dismiss, defendant argues that suits to restrain the government from assessing taxes are barred by 26 U.S.C. § 7421(a), and that suits seeking judicial review of defendant and IRS employees are also barred by § 7421(a). Defendant maintains that the United States is the proper defendant and the suit is thus barred by sovereign immunity. Defendant also argues that plaintiff James L. McDaniel lacks standing to seek relief for his wife, Debi McDaniel, who is not a named party. Lastly, defendant argues that McDaniel has not properly served process. The complaint is dismissed because this court lacks subject matter jurisdiction. The Anti-Injunction Act, 26 U.S.C. § 7421(a), prohibits a federal court from entertaining an action to restrain the government's ability to assess or collect taxes. O'Hagan v. United States, 86 F.3d 776, 778 (8th Cir. 1996). Consequently, this court is restrained from hearing McDaniel's complaint. In that jurisdiction is lacking, the remaining reasons for dismissal are not addressed. Case No. 4:09-cv-00943 BSM DEFENDANT PLAINTIFF
Accordingly, Geithner's motion to dismiss (Doc. No. 4) is granted, and McDaniel's complaint is dismissed with prejudice. IT IS SO ORDERED this 4th day of March, 2010.
________________________________ UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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