Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Another "New Media" Site Covers Tommy Cryer's "Not Guilty" Verdict

This is from "The Official Blog of National Taxpayers Union":

Guns or Lawyers?
Posted by Drew Nordgren - July 21, 2007

Coincidentally, this morning I was browsing the newspapers looking for interesting tax articles and I came across two very different stories. One article in the Los Angeles Times was about a New Hampshire couple who hadn’t paid taxes in 10 years. Ed and Elaine Brown have been cut off so to speak. They have been taking refuge in their house for the past six months without water, electricity, a telephone or mail service.


After reading this article I came across a story about a similar battle. However, this battle is being fought in a very different manner. Attorney Tom Cryer, from Shreveport, Louisiana, also refused to pay the IRS for 10 years. He said that the income tax is “a sham,” and unconstitutional.

He argues that the law doesn’t tax personal earning, saying, “What I earned was my own personal labor. I am giving something in exchange. I’m giving my property and I don’t belong to anyone else.”

Mr. Cryer challenged the IRS in court and was acquitted on all charges.

Read more here.

Editor's Note: Here's the only comment - and it's a great one - that was posted in response to this piece:

Theresee said on Jul 23 2007 at 1:35pm
Wow... This makes me think we should all take the IRS to court and never pay income taxes again! Why should Cryer be the only one to benefit in this way?? And if the government is willing to acknowledge that he doesn't have to pay income tax, why don't they just eliminate the tax altogether since they clearly don't consider it a huge priority?


Blogger Jeremy said...

It seems the irs waits until you have not been paying taxes for 10 years, then comes after you.

6:36 PM  
Blogger Scott C. Haley said...

There's a good reason for the long wait---THEY HAVE A HUGE BACKLOG OF NON-FILERS!

The exact number is unknown, but it is in the MILLIONS, not hundreds of thousands as the IRS claims. Dave Champion, of , thinks the number is approaching 50 million. Others claim a lot less, but still in the MILLIONS.

John Turner, the ex-IRS Agent who is now in the Tax Honesty Movement, doesn't give a number... but says there are so many that the IRS will be busy pursuing them end in sight.

2:11 AM  

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