Thursday, March 01, 2007

The Power To Tax Is The Power To Destroy

Why The Income Tax System, and the Tax Protest Movements, Must Be Scrapped

Tax protestors aren't the only Americans who hate the IRS and the federal income tax. Many tax-paying Americans also hate the income tax system. The IRS has earned the contempt of millions of taxpayers.

Read more here.

Hat tip Kosmic in reader comments here.

6 Comments:

Blogger FredMarshall1937 said...

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The IRS and DOJ just love to flood the airways with these sorts of news releases around this time every year. It seems to me Conces has a 5th Amendment right not to dislcose to the IRS the list of names of people he has helped. To do so would be an admission in and of itself that he has helped to prepare tax returns or given tax advice.

Fred
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TAX
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2007
WWW.USDOJ.GOV

MICHIGAN TAX SCAM PROMOTER ARRESTED FOR CONTEMPT OF COURT

Self-Styled "Lawman" Surrenders to the U.S. Marshals

WASHINGTON - U.S. Marshals arrested Charles Conces of Battle Creek, Mich., earlier today, the Justice Department has announced. The arrest resulted from a federal judge's order on the Feb. 23, 2007, finding Conces in civil contempt of court for failing to obey a court order entered on February 8.

The February 8 order compelled Conces to disclose to the government the identities of certain persons for whom he drafted or provided advice regarding federal income taxes, the identities of the persons
who are responsible for his Web site, and all documents that he
drafted or assisted in drafting for these persons no later than
February 16. Conces refused to disclose the identities and documents as ordered by the court.

On February 23, the court held Conces in civil contempt and ordered him to report to the U.S. Marshal no later than noon on March 1, 2007. Conces reported to the U.S. Marshals today, and was taken into custody. According to the court's February 23 order, Mr. Conces will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals until he complies with the order to disclose these identities and documents.

In April 2006, the court permanently enjoined Conces and his
organization, the National Lawman Committee for the Public Interest,
from preparing tax returns for others and promoting several tax fraud schemes. The court had concluded that Conces promoted "tax evasion by
creating and selling materials designed to obstruct the administration of the income tax laws." A copy of the April injunction order entered
against Conces is available at the DOJ website (this system won't allow me to post the url here).

"The Justice Department is not only committed to shutting down the tax scams that cheat the federal treasury and the taxpayers who pay into it, but also ensuring that such tax scams do not resurface later," said Eileen J. O'Connor, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice
Department's Tax Division. "Tax scam promoters who disobey court
orders and refuse to comply with established court procedures risk
severe consequences."

The Justice Department has obtained injunctions against more
than 225 tax fraud promoters and tax preparers since 2001. More
information about the Justice Department's efforts against tax scam promoters can be found at the DOJ website.

Information about the Justice Department's Tax Division can be found at the DOJ website.

1:04 AM  
Blogger FredMarshall1937 said...

No matter what I do to try and avoid it, when my post is the first one on a thread, it's always overlayed by the pre-printed subject title.

1:06 AM  
Blogger TrueLogic said...

FredMarshall1937 said...

It seems to me Conces has a 5th Amendment right not to dislcose to the IRS the list of names of people he has helped. To do so would be an admission in and of itself that he has helped to prepare tax returns or given tax advice.

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I don't think anyone could argue that Fred.
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The Following is in Response to an Awsome Post from Kosmic.


The War is already IN our Back Yard My Patriotic Fellow... And Our Front Yard... And on Every Block in this Nation from Coast to Coast.

WE THE PEOPLE, Know the Brutal Truth of the TREASON being purpetrated against us! And of the War being Waged Against us!

Bush has already said that WE THE PEOPLE, are the ENEMY COMBATANTS in this War. Bush Himself has called our Constitution, Our very Rights...
"Nothing but a God-Damned Piece of Paper"!

If that doesn't Make us Angry! Then We are NOT PATRIOTS!

If those Words... Flying from the Filthy Mouth, of President George W Bush, do not flash immages of Him being Sentenced for Crimes against this Country through Our Vivid Minds... Then We are NOT PATRIOTS!

If We all turn a Blind Eye to the Crimes Committed by George Bush Against the Constitution and the Poeple of the United States... Then We ARE NOT PATRIOTS!

Bush's Defense Against the Constitution and WE THE PEOPLE:

Under the Military Commissions Act, Bush has Stated, that;

any of WE THE PEOPLE who try to Bring TREASON charges against Him, or any Member of Congress, Shall be Declared Enemy Combatants!

This Proves beyond ANY DOUBT... That the President of the Unites States of America, and all of Congress... ARE TREASONOUS! and ARE CORRUPT... and ARE NOT... FOR UPHOLDING THE CONSTITUTION, OR THE RIGHTS OF ANY MAN WOMAN OR CHILD OF THIS NATION!

Yes... I submit that the WAR has indeed, already Spread to Our Back Yards. and I Myself would Classify NYC... as the FRONT YARD of the USA!

1:55 AM  
Blogger FredMarshall1937 said...

Treason can only be committed during times of war. War can only occur after Congress has declared war. Under current conditions, and has been the case since WWII, there can be no charge of treason levied against anyone because there has been no war declared by the Congress since WWII. See Article III, Section 3, of the Constitution.

2:10 AM  
Blogger FredMarshall1937 said...

Surely no one believes the IRS has been doing anything illegal!

IRS Seeks Comment on Illegal Information Collection
http://cryptome(dot)org/irs022207.htm

23 February 2007

These IRS information collection activities, involving millions of hours of work, were never fully authorized. These notices start the public comment process to legalize the unlawful acitivities. Links are to the Federal Register.

2:11 AM  
Blogger Timothy said...

The article "Why The Income Tax System, and the Tax Protest Movements, Must Be Scrapped" makes some very good points.

However Peter Kershaw's premise that "Tax Protest" or "Patriot" "movements" must be scrapped is completely unsubstantiated and ridiculous.

For example the author, who is a self-described expert on "tax protesters" and people in the "patriot movement" says:

"The problem with 16th Amendment ratification, and the plethora of other tax protest arguments, is that people keep taking them into court and winding up in jail. No one has ever won "the 16th Amendment was never legally ratified" argument in any court (and certainly no one has ever won a tax protest argument of any kind with the IRS), so why do tax protestors keep bringing it up?

I'm not unwilling to listen to what the patriots have to say. Indeed, I've found many of their issues to be fascinating. However, I'm not willing to accept every unsubstantiated theory (urban legend) that gets thrown my way, especially when those making their claims refuse to produce any hard evidence to support their theories."

It is proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt that the 16th Amendment was never ratified. Mr. Kershaw clearly has never spoken to Bill Benson who has been told by government officials that he is the world's foremost expert on the 16th Amendment. Mr. Kershaw clearly has not read the book "The Law That Never Was." If he did, he would see that the proof is irrefutable. If Peter Kershaw is such an expert on those people, why isn't he aware of these things?

Mr. Kershaw states, "The problem with 16th Amendment ratification, and the plethora of other tax protest arguments, is that people keep taking them into court and winding up in jail." This of course does not prove "patriot movement" arguments are unsubstantiated. This asserts that the courts consistently rule against those arguments.

Mr. Kershaw follows by saying, that he is "not willing to accept every unsubstantiated theory (urban legend) that gets thrown [his] way, especially when those making their claims refuse to produce any hard evidence to support their theories." The irony is that his assertion that there exists even one "urban legend" or unsubstantiated theory is completely unsupported and unsubstantiated. The only example he gives any reference to is the 16th Amendment.If he read the book, and/or studied the history of the 16th Amendment instead of dismissing it by saying that it's problematic to use this argument or insinuating that it is an "urban legend" then he would actually not have anything about which to speak.

It is also apparent that he doesn't really understand where the term "tax protester" came from. The phrase came from a federal judge during a case where a man argued the unconstitutionality of the income tax. He's just parroting what a federal judge has said instead of really understanding what is meant by the term. If he is against the "tax protester" "movement" then he is against people who believe that the income tax is unconstitutional. Later, he labels these people as having "idealistic wishful-thinking ignorance" because not paying the income tax is "their form of "throwing the tea into the harbor."

I find this infuriating and laughable at the same time. Essentially he is saying that it is ridiculous that people would want to try to keep the fruits of their labor for themselves! Sounds like a communistic or socialistic view to me.

He also has some more bizarre takes on reality. He believes that "announcing their intentions to the IRS" is not something that people should do after being confronted by the IRS. Instead he asserts that those people should be acting "covertly and unobserved." That those people should be hiding instead of bringing this issue to the light of day. He thinks that those people should "do all [they] can to avoid court."

Obviously this way of thinking is absurd and contrary to those who want to live in a peaceful and just society. He fails to understand that the reason those people decide to go to court is because they are giving the system a chance to work in a legal and lawful manner. Surely, he is not insinuating that we should have anarchy, is he?

I could go on at length about many other things in this article, but my time is too precious to me and the author is too ignorant to waste my time on the entirety of his ignorance. I will address briefly a couple more items:

Mr. Kershaw thinks that people should be exercising their right to redress of grievances [which many people in the "patriot" and "tax protester" "movements" have already done -- and then have been literally ignored by the government]. He clearly does not understand that this involves going to court, which he thinks should be avoided at all costs. Not to mention that he thinks that we shouldn't even bring "tax protesting" to the light of day.

He also fails to distinguish between protesting and keeping what is yours.

There seems to be a misunderstanding of reality in this article. It takes stances that are socialist and anarchist. It fails to address the idea that to maintain liberty one must do all he/she can to allow the truth to come to light up to the point where his/her rights are infringed.

Despite many truthful statements, this article is misguided and Peter Kershaw is ignorant.

6:04 PM  

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