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Tax Protestors

Are you still paying income tax? Didn't you hear that income doesn't include wages, or that the 16th Amendment was never ratified, or that none of the states are actually in the U.S., or that income isn't defined in the Internal Revenue Code? Or didn't you know that if you simply placed all of your assets into a Pure Trust that nobody could ever touch them or collect taxes on them, including the government? Well, if you didn't hear any of this, don't worry because it ain't true. What is true is that some scam artists have made good money selling these bogus theories before themselves ending up in jail.
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Anti-IRS Theories a/k/a Tax Protestor Junk

Recent Tax Protestor Cases

Tax Protestor Theories De-Bunked

Frivolous Filer Arguments

IRS: The Truth About Frivolous Tax Arguments (pdf)

IRS Codebusters Scam

Live presentation from the IRS regarding Tax Scams

Tax Protestor News and Articles

NEW Fifth Circuit Affirms Simkanin Conviction Giving We-The-People Another Defeat.

    Driven by such geniuses as Bill Benson, Otto Skinner, Irwin Schiff, Thurston Bell, Lynne Meredith and others, a cottage industry of these well-educated and experienced professionals has been created to show you, the average taxpayer, how to fulfill your constitutional rights to peace and liberty and freedom from taxes. Especially the latter, and especially if you buy their books and tapes documenting their extensive research into all sorts of stuff, like how the 16th Amendment was never really ratified, or how everybody should really just ignore the courts and decide for themselves what the laws says (one advantage: you're always right). Did we fail to mention that none of these people have any formal legal education and many have convictions on a variety of crimes? Or that Lynne Meredith supposedly made over $6 million selling books and tapes on this stuff? (Ooops, Lynne got indicted and will probably die in prison, but that's us being nitpicky!)

    More court opinions and letters from the crazy tax protestors
    (also see our Quatlosers Exhibit)

    Great things, so long as the IRS and your creditors agree to litigate issues arising from these trusts before a Posse Comitatus in a mobile home trailer somewhere. Otherwise, a voodoo spell would be more effective protection.
  • NEW! - Summary of Abusive Trust Schemes

    Latest IRS releases, court opinions, and more!

    U.S. Department of Justice press release about court order stopping Dr. Sweet and the JoY Foundation from marking bogus tax plans.

Fifth Circuit Affirms Simkanin Conviction Giving We-The-People Another Defeat.

Treasury and IRS Issue Ruling to Halt Abusive Employment Tax Arrangements Involving Employee Parking

Top Tax Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Felony Tax Evasion

Joeseph Banister's appeal of his disbarment is denied

Court Rules Irwin Schiff Owes U.S. Treasury Over Two Million Dollars

Stiff Court Penalties for Frivolous Appeals to Delay IRS Collections

Irwin Schiff and Two Associates Indicted for Tax Fraud -- Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division announced that in Las Vegas, Nevada, a federal grand jury returned a thirty-three (33) count indictment charging Irwin Schiff, Cynthia Neun, and Lawrence Cohen with conspiracy (18 U.S.C. §371), and aiding and assisting in the preparation and filing of fraudulent federal income tax returns (26 U.S.C. §7206(2))...

Enjoined Tax-Scam Promoter Sent to Jail -- Dallas Man Found In Contempt Of Court For Failing To Turn Over Customer List.

Operator of Warehouse Bank sent to jail -- Alleged tax-scam promoter, Anthongy L. Hargis, found in contempt of court for failing to turn over company records.

Tax Return Errors and Frivolous Tax Arguments -- To help people filling out their tax forms avoid a variety of scams, schemes and errors, the Internal Revenue Service has made several guidance documents available.

IRS 'Dirty Dozen' for 2004: Agency Warns of New Scams -- Annual consumer alert, the Internal Revenue Service urged taxpayers to avoid falling victim to one of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams and a variety of other schemes...

Tax Scam/Consumer Alerts -- Don't fall victim to tax scams. Remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is...

Former Arizona Municipal Court Judge Indicted as Promoter of Tax Evasion Scheme -- John J. Rizzo, His Wife and an Employee Charged in 14-Count Indictment.

Federal Court Bars Multistate Tax Scam Targeting African-American Business Owners -- Internal Revenue Service prevented more than $2.7 million in fraudulent claims.

Court Orders California Employer to Withhold Federal Taxes from Employees' Wages

Injunction of Everte Farnell -- Promoter of a Frivolous “Section 861” Scheme. (pdf)

Justice Department Sues Florida Man to Halt Tax Scam -- St. Petersburg Man Alleged to Promote Frivolous "Section 861" Scheme

Federal Court in Tampa Enjoins Tax Scam Promoter - Florida man promoted a fraudulent "Section 861" Scheme

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IRS Codebusters Scam - A new variant of the Global Prosperity scam offers you (worthless) research and (equally worthless) forms to let you live a tax-free existence. Supported by a person who claims to be a judge but who has no formal legal education and who mostly heard traffic ticket and small claims matters.


Tax Protestors, Pure Trusts, and Other Stupid De-Tax Schemes & Scams
Have a stupid theory why you shouldn't have to pay taxes? 861? Non-Filer? Sovereign Citizen? Believe that the federal courts are actually admiralty courts or that the only real citizens of the USA live in Puerto Rico, Guam, and the District of Columbia, then this forum is for you.

Tax Practice & Policy and Tax Shelters  Practical and Practice issues for Professionals who practice in the area of taxation. Moral, social and economic issues relating to taxes, including international issues, the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, state tax issues, etc. Not for "tax protestor" issues.

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