Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Sherry Jackson Trial Update: Guilty

Former IRS agent convicted of failing to pay taxes
Stone Mountain woman testifies she believes she wasn't required to file returns

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 10/30/07

Sherry Peel Jackson, a former IRS revenue agent and certified public accountant, told a federal jury Tuesday she was sure she did not have to file income tax returns.

But after less than 30 minutes of deliberations, the jury convicted Jackson of failing to file income tax returns from 2000 through 2004. The Stone Mountain woman faces a maximum of four years in prison. She will be sentenced early next year.

Jackson, 45, did not fit the typical profile of a criminal defendant. She worked for as an revenue agent from 1988 to 1995 and then worked as an accountant, at one time landing a state contract to audit day care centers.

But in July 2000, Jackson testified, she began to question whether she had to pay income taxes. By the next year, she decided she was not going to file a tax return.

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Blogger Scott Haley said...

This is one of the things that really kills the Tax Honesty Movement in the eyes of the uninitiated---

The reporter chose to report the ONE statement by Sherry that appears to be ridiculous: "I couldn't find the definition of individual".

My best guess is that many more issues came to light, such as:
1. the tax is on INCOME, not the "individual";
2. "income" has many categories, such as "exempted" income, "excluded" income, "eliminated" income, "taxable" income;
3. in 26 CFR, the regulation (Administrative law), a description of "gross income" (which is needed to determine taxable income) begins with---"EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED (emphasis added), gross income means...". [Except as otherwise provided...where?]

The point is, the Tax Code is so convoluted that, as Mike Gravel quipped, "No one knows what the hell it says."---anything that confusing and unclear should be thrown out.

3:18 AM  

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