Don't you wish you didn't have to pay taxes? Well, there's a group of people generally labeled "Tax Protesters" who do just that. They don't believe they should pay income tax and don't. But why do they believe they don't have to pay taxes? More importantly to you, if you join up will you get to stop paying taxes?
A frame of reference... As a former IRS-Hitman, I can tell you that there hasn't been a single court ruling supporting these groups. They have been denied again and again in federal courts. So why are they so insistent that they shouldn't pay their income taxes like the rest of us?
Constitutional calamity... One of their major gripes is that the 16th Amendment to the Constitution is Unconstitutional. Just so you have a frame a reference, the 16th Amendment, which was ratified in 1913, states:
"The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration."
I'm not a Constitutional lawyer, but that seems pretty cut and dry to me. Tax protestors also have tried to convince courts that wages are not income and therefore shouldn't be taxed.
An example... Recently, action movie star Wesley Snipes was taken in by one of these Tax Protestors and now owes the IRS over $12 million dollars.
When it comes to tax protesters, the law is very cut and dry: you must pay your income taxes. There is nothing in the Constitution that makes you exempt, no matter how you would like it to be interpreted.
Now you have the smoking gun... Use it!
Labels: Celebrities and Tax Debt, Tax Code