We don't yet know if the difficulties involved simple greed and avarice, like the Bakkers and their time-share/theme-park, or whether they were tempted to not pay income taxes during a period of low cash flow. Perhaps not too much unlike many a meek embezzler, they may have been sucked in one tiny mostly innocent step at a time ("I always intended to replace the money..."). Does anyone know the details of the tax complaints?
I'm most curious about the "threats against investigators and filing false complaints." This seems a quite a bit more unchristian than mere mismanagement of money.
My guess is that Hovind will take advantage of these difficulties to promote his ministry. I predict that he will tell his flock that his difficulties with the IRS stem from efforts by his enemies to silence him and prevent him from doing the Lord's work. Everyone likes a David and Goliath story, and so Hovind will portray himself as David to the sinister government's Goliath.
Much hate is directed at Hovind here at EvC Forum because of the glib way he manipulates, misrepresents and makes up information. Even if his PhD is from a diploma mill, I've heard him in front of audiences and on the radio, and he is very impressive, especially when responding to questions and engaging in give and take. His degree might be fake, but his command and mastery of a great deal of information (and misinformation) must be credited. He is a more than worthy opponent, and to denigrate him would set you on the path to the error of underestimating him.
So take no joy in Hovind's difficulties. He will likely spring from the ashes of his travails stronger and more daunting than before.
I hope people will post details here as they become available.
Owners of the park, which shows how dinosaurs may have roamed the Earth just a few thousand years ago, did not obtain a building permit before constructing the building in 2002. They have argued in and out of court that it violates their "deeply held" religious beliefs, and that the church-run facility does not have to obtain permits.
Obtaining building permits violates their "deeply held" religious beliefs?
There was also mention of the tax case that has now reached fruition:
Â· In 2004, The Internal Revenue Service raided Hovind's home and businesses. Agents said Hovind had failed to pay taxes. That case is pending, and federal attorneys declined to comment about it.
Here's another couple interesting excerpts, this time about Glen Stoll, evidently a Hovind legal advisor:
"This is pure religious persecution," said Glen Stoll, who works closely with Hovind on legal issues.
Last year, the U.S. attorney in Seattle filed a lawsuit against Stoll, charging him with promoting a scheme encouraging people to avoid paying taxes by claiming to be religious entities, according to news reports.
The Hovind circle seems to operate with quite a bit of chutzpah and arrogance.
These are excerpts from a copy of SUPPLEMENTAL FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW posted at TalkOrigins concerning Hovind's 1996 tax case. Apparently he's done this before and can now be said to have a modus operandi. You just won't believe some of this stuff:
In his schedules and statement of affairs, the debtor represents that he is an evangelist employed by God and that he receives no income, has no expenses, owns absolutely no property, and has no creditors except for the IRS with a claim of $10,602.31.
Real property records from Escambia County, Florida reflect that the debtor and his wife purchased a home on December 16, 1993...a purchase price of $90,000 for the house with the debtor paying $30,369.43 down...Additionally, the debtor has three children all of whom attend a private Christian school for which he and his wife pay approximately $4,800.00 per year in tuition and fees.
The evidence presented at the hearing paints a clear portrait of a tax protester whose sole purpose in seeking relief under chapter 13 was to obtain the release of property seized by the IRS. The IRS in this case has filed a proof of claim setting forth a secured tax claim in the amount of $10,461.36 for the tax years 1989, 1990, and 1991, and a priority claim in the amount of $10,690.46 for the years 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995. The IRS records reflect that notwithstanding his earning of income during the years in question, the debtor has failed to file any federal income tax returns for those tax years for which the IRS has filed its proof of claim. Furthermore, the IRS has no record of the debtor ever having filed a federal income tax return. 
Rather than appearing and producing any of the records set forth in the summons, the debtor submitted a letter to Revenue Officer Powe claiming that he is "a non resident alien to the federal government,"...
...the debtor contended that the IRS tax lien/levy was invalid and that he was an inhabitant of the "Florida Republic". The debtor further threatened to sue Revenue Officer Powe in federal criminal court for her actions and did in fact file a lawsuit against her individually in federal district court, which was later withdrawn.
Here, the debtor, who has failed to acknowledge his obligations as a citizen and taxpayer of the United States, seeks to utilize this taxpayer supported court in order to thwart the lawful collection efforts of the Internal Revenue Service.
The debtor having failed to file his federal income tax returns for at least the years 1989 through 1995, having resisted collection efforts by the IRS, and having provided false information in his schedules and statement of affairs in connection with this case, I find that the debtor filed this petition in bad faith and as such the petition is subject to dismissal for cause under the provisions of 11 U.S.C. 1307(c).
This was way back in 1996. And he apparently left the court room and continued doing precisely what he had been doing, and now the government has caught up with him yet again. Unbelievable!
I think arguing with everyone may just be Hovind's way of dealing with the world. I keep forgetting that other creationist organizations have nearly as much difficulty dealing with Hovind's nonsense as we do. I just "rediscovered" this document that I've seen before, where AIG addresses Hovind's rebuttal of their Arguments we think creationists should NOT use article:
I hear rumors of a lawyer newly in our midst who has yet to post but has been sighted in the chatroom. Perhaps someone could interest him in listening to a couple Hovind presentations and rendering his opinions on the rhetoric and how best to counter it. There were some links to Hovind radio programs and presentations in the Jared v. Hovind thread, here's a couple:
Time to win some souls for Christ... with extreme prejudice.
"We had survived to turn on the History Channel And ask our esteemed panel, Why are we alive? And here's how they replied: You're what happens when two substances collide And by all accounts you really should have died." -Andrew Bird