Do US Citizens Have to Legally Pay Taxes?

We all work hard for our money and we all want life to be fair, so of course, when buzz begins to circulate about the possibility of US citizens not having to pay income tax… we jump right on it. But trust me, when something sounds a little too good to be true, it’s usually because it is.

Unconstitutional you say?

According to believers of this idea the 16th Amendment was never ratified, and therefore we shouldn’t have to pay taxes.

However, the amendment states that the government will collect taxes from its citizens. ┬áThis seems pretty cut and dry, however a man named Bill Benson, author of The Law that Never Was, argued that the amendment should not be included in the constitution because it was not properly ratified by the thirty-six states needed at the time to pass. Benson claims that none of the states properly legally went through the process of ratification and even found “evidence” proving that at least four of the states that were documented as ratified actually had paperwork stating their opposition or non-support of the amendment.

There were some spelling and capitalization errors on copies of the documents returned to the Secretary of State. However, Secretary Knox, aware of these small mistakes, adopted the amendment, seeing no need to throw it out based on such trivial and superficial errors.

Neiner Neiner Neiner

What many of the believers also think is that if you do not pay your taxes, even if accused and convicted of this, you will still avoid jail time, just… because.

Benson was indicted in 1980 and in 1981 for tax evasion After attempting to use hi research as his defense strategy, he was promptly found by a jury to be guilty on all counts. Anyone who has attempted to use his “evidence” in their defense or to support their negligence to pay income tax, has suffered the same consequences as he did. He is now infamous for tax evasion.

In addition to jail time, Benson also got a hefty law suit from the Department of Justice for manufacturing and selling tax scheme documents and interfering with the IRS. Benson was charging $3,500 for his “Defense Packages” and was ordered in the suit to stop, post a copy of the citation on his website and handover to the government all the personal information of his customers including social security numbers.

I believe the lesson learned here is that if you want something to be true, somehow, somewhere, especially in the internet era, you can dredge up “information” to support your fact or theory. But tread lightly, if you follow in Benson’s footsteps, there is nothing but trouble ahead.

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George Gallagher writes for a handful of personal finance and economic blogs. When not writing he works with young people to sort out their private student loan consolidation questions.

Tax Scams To Be Aware Of

The IRS wishes taxpayers to be on the look out for 2010 tax scams. These rip-offs are not legal and could cause severe troubles for taxpayers which include paying huge interest and fines, and facing jail time. Tax scams come in a few forms ranging from a promise of a big tax refund or methods to avoid paying taxes that are illegal also called ‘untaxing’ yourself.

You should always remember the proceeding three hints.

* The content provided in your 2010 tax return is your sole responsibility.
* Don’t sign the return unless you have examined everything closely to be certain it is precise.
* The most important thing to recall is someone claiming they can get you a larger refund is lying

Here are tax scams to look out for:

Tax Return Preparer Fraud
A deceitful tax preparer can bring a tax payer many headaches if they fall for such tactics. These kinds of 2010 tax preparers get their financial gain scanning a part of their customer’s refund and billing higher fees for their service. They appeal to new customers by promising bigger refunds. Choose a new tax preparer with caution. Apply the old adage “If something sounds to good to be true , then it usually is.” Regardless of who does your 2010 tax return you hold the responsibly of making certain of accuracy and any tax bill which may come from a doubtful claim. The IRS is currently setting up a system that requires all tax accountants be licensed with the IRS and a tax preparer number. The will be required to take a competency test and higher education courses.

Frivolous Arguments
A few dishonest promoters are recognized for making bogus claims like saying the Sixteenth Amendment never got ratified which was relate to the power collect taxes, earning are not income, and filing forms and paying taxes are optional. They also allege that the requirement to file the 1040 tax form is in violation of the Fifth Amendment concerning self-incrimination and the right-to-privacy in the Fourth Amendment. Never believe any of these false claims. They will never hold up in court. Contesting liabilities is a right but it has to be done legally.

To get more information on tax scams, visit IRS.gov. Make certain to enter.gov. A site with another ending is probably not legitimate.

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