Why Pay Taxes? See How Not To-Just Kidding

by Arik Rozen, CPA

Imagine a world without taxes... Sounds nice, ha? Well, some people do not just dream, they make this dream come true. Is what they're doing legal? not so much. Can you do the same? Sure you can. However, strong word of advice: do not try it at home.

So, how does it really work? How do you stand up to the Internal Revenue Service and just do not pay taxes?
Actually it does not work, and if you do that you may be in trouble. But for some people this cat and mouse game with the IRS is not so problematic, so they made up a list of reasons (excuses) for not paying taxes to the government. The IRS calls this list "Frivolous Tax Arguments".

And here they are, the most outrages reasons for not paying taxes. Now remember, there are real people who instead of filing their tax return, send a letter to the Internal Revenue Service saying that they are not willing to pay any taxes because of the following reasons:

The filing of a tax return is voluntary - no it's not, filing is mandatory, by law.

Taxpayer is not a citizen of the United States, thus not subject to the federal income tax laws - taxpayer can be a citizen, resident or non-resident and as such subject to tax.

The United States consists only of the District of Columbia, federal territories, and federal enclaves - The US consists of DC, 50 state and other territories.

Taxpayer is not a person as defined by the Internal Revenue Code, thus is not subject to the federal income tax laws - taxpayer is either a person or a legal entity and as such subject to tax.

Taxpayers can refuse to pay income taxes on religious grounds by invoking the First Amendment - No, the tax code is a federal law, and religious is not a ground for non-payment.

Federal income taxes constitute a taking of property without due process of law, violating the Fifth Amendment - TITLE 26--INTERNAL REVENUE CODE, imposes the federal tax, thus representing a due process.

Taxpayers do not have to file returns or provide financial information because of the protection against self-incrimination found in the Fifth Amendment - Wrong, filing a tax return is mandatory and Fifth Amendment is not a legitimate ground for not filing.

And the list goes on and on and on. Think it's funny? Think it's not real? Just go to the IRS website and read what the IRS thinks about those excuses and the people who make them up.


So, while we keep paying those nerve racking taxes and dream of a taxless world, other people join the tax resistance and use an almost believable reasons for not paying them taxes.

Keep dreaming.

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