Tag Archives: Taxation

Posts that reflect the liberty-crushing problems with an Income Tax

The Job Of The IRS Is To Violate Our Liberties

Posted June 6th, 2013

Below, is a very insightful post, from former Congressman Ron Paul’s website, “Texas Straight Talk,” in regards to the recent IRS scandals; as well as the politically harassing, and corrupt history of the IRS:

What do you expect when you target the President?” This is what an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent allegedly said to the head of a conservative organization that was being audited after calling for the impeachment of then-President Clinton. Recent revelations that IRS agents gave “special scrutiny” to organizations opposed to the current administration’s policies suggest that many in the IRS still believe harassing the President’s opponents is part of their job.

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Taxation Is Theft – So Why Do Americans Put Up With It?

Posted May 30th, 2013

Below, is a very insightful article, from Foxnews, by Judge Andrew Napolitano, called, “Taxation Is Theft – So Why Do Americans Put Up With It”?

With a tax code that exceeds 72,000 pages in length and consumes more than six billion person hours per year to determine taxpayers’ taxable income, with an IRS that has become a feared law unto itself, and with a government that continues to extract more wealth from every taxpaying American every year, is it any wonder that April 15th is a day of dread in America?

Social Security taxes and income taxes have dogged us all since their institution during the last century, and few politicians have been willing to address these ploys for what they are: theft.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry caused a firestorm among big-government types during the Republican presidential primaries last year when he called Social Security a Ponzi scheme. He was right. It’s been a scam from its inception, and it’s still a scam today.

The Constitution doesn’t permit the feds to steal your money. But steal, the feds do.

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Withholding Is Involuntary Servitude

Posted May 25th, 2013

“The withholding feature of the income tax is a still more clear-cut instance of Involuntary Servitude. For as the intrepid Connecticut industrialist Vivien Kellems argued years ago, the employer is forced to expend time, labor, and money in the business of deducting and transmitting his employees’ taxes to the federal and state governments — yet the employer is not recompensed for this expenditure. What moral principle justifies the government’s forcing employers to act as its unpaid tax collectors? The withholding principle, of course, is the linchpin of the whole federal income tax system. Without the steady and relatively painless process of deducting the tax from the worker’s paycheck, the government could never hope to raise the high levels of tax from the workers in one lump sum. Few people remember that the withholding system was only instituted during World War II and was supposed to be a wartime expedient.

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The Real Reason For Withholding Taxes

Posted November 17th, 2012

“The real reason for withholding taxes is the unwillingness of workers to share their incomes with the government and the consequent difficulties of collection. To overcome this handicap, the government has simply impressed employers into its service as involuntary and unpaid tax collectors. It is a form of conscription. Disregarding the right of privacy, which is an essential of liberty, the government’s agents may, under the law, invade the employer’s office, demand his accounts, and punish him for any infraction which they believe he has committed; they can impound his property and inflict a penalty for not having collected taxes for the government. This violation of our vaunted rights was highlighted by Miss Vivien Kellems, a Connecticut manufacturer, several years ago. To test the constitutionality of the law, Miss Kellems refused to collect these taxes and notified the government of her intention. She asked that she be indicted so that the matter could be brought to court. At the same time, she instructed her employees to pay their taxes regularly, helped them compute the amounts, and saw to it that they had proof of payment. The government refused to indict her. Rather, its agents, without court order (the government is not hampered by such formalities), impounded her bank account and demanded a penalty from her for not collecting taxes which had been paid. The only thing she could do under the circumstances was to sue the government for recovery of her money. In this she was successful. But the matter of constitutionality was assiduously avoided by the government’s attorneys, by legal tricks, and she was never able to get to it. Laws are made for citizens, not the government, to obey.”

– Frank Chodorov (The Income Tax: Root of All Evil)

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Congress In Implementing The 16th Amendment

Posted June 29th, 2010

“Congress [in implementing the 16th Amendment] went beyond merely enacting an income tax law and repealed Article IV of the Bill of Rights, by empowering the tax collector to do the very things from which that article says we were to be secure. It opened up our homes, our papers and our effects to the prying eyes of government agents and set the stage for searches of our books and vaults and for inquiries into our private affairs whenever the tax men might decide, even though there might not be any justification beyond mere cynical suspicion.”

“The income tax is bad because it has robbed you and me of the guarantee of privacy and the respect for our property that were given to us in Article IV of the Bill of Rights. This invasion is absolute and complete as far as the amount of tax that can be assessed is concerned. Please remember that under the Sixteenth Amendment, Congress can take 100 percent of our income anytime it wants to. As a matter of fact, right now it is imposing a tax as high as 91 percent. This is downright confiscation and cannot be defended on any other grounds.”

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Should Income Tax In The United States Be Illegal?

Posted May 24th, 2009

Controversies, in regards to the United States income tax.

Some of the original United States tax laws, as per The United States Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3; Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1; and Article 1, Section 9, Clause 4  (No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless…)

The Sixteenth Amendment  (1913), gave Congress the ability to tax income from The United States’ citizens.

The The Fair Tax Act of 2009  is one of the more popular alternatives that our law-makers are currently considering… “It promotes more freedom, fairness, and economic opportunity by repealing the income tax and other taxes, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and enacting a national sales tax to be administered primarily by the States.” This bill (H.R.25) is sponsored by Congressman John Linder.

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Congress in implementing the 16th amendment