Jeff Michael brings up something I always find bizarre and ends up referencing a couple of my past posts in the process.
The tax protester movement amuses me to no end, especially the sort that claims that the tax law in reality does not require the payment of some sorts of taxes, or withholding, or what have you and that the IRS is just not following its own rules.
It’s the most bizarrely circular sort of thing, don’t you think? Here we have a government that could lock you up for more than 100 years if you violated enough tax laws, and regularly does lock up people for non-compliance with the tax code, which, morally, is the equivalent of being locked in jail for running away from a mugger.
Given that reality, does anyone really believe that the IRS really cares what the finer points of the tax code might be? If someone could actually get a judge to go their way, how long do you think the code would remain "ambiguous?"
Look, don’t pay any of these hucksters any money, because that’s all it is. They want you to think there’s some magic silver bullet that gets you out of paying taxes short of operating in the "underground economy" or risking going to jail. There isn’t. If you want to take those risks, it’s fine with me, but at least know what you’re getting yourself into. If you have loved ones for whom you’re responsible, you’d better think really hard.
It’s no game, and what you do now can set your course for many years to come. If you and your wife & kids were in a hostage situation confronted with evil gunmen who just might take pleasure in harming you and your family, what you are morally entitled to do and what you ought to do, given myriad possibilities and consequences, is not something to take lightly.
Well, the IRS is a pack of evil gunmen who just might take pleasure in harming you and your family. And, you are hostage.
I’ve been through six years of IRS audit–recently–three years personal and three corporate. Lasted 9 months. No adjustments. Why? Because I understand very clearly who I’m dealing with. You don’t mess around with low-self-esteem thieves with guns, jails, and torture chambers unless you know you can win.
I hold no illusions–either in who I’m dealing with or what they’re capable of doing to me, my wife, my family, my employees and my company.