Former IRS Agent Admits: "Personal Income Tax is Actually Illegal"

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It is tax day again.

Chances are, you’re done with the dirty business this year, or laying low in hopes that you aren’t audited or flat out persecuted. If not, the clock is quickly ticking.

But it is worth pointing out once again the many ways in which the federal tax scheme in the United States is illegal.

Moreover, the spending by the Federal government and the role of the Federal Reserve in issuing money create overlapping levels of evil that have driven the American people into mere serfs – albeit with cool toys and great TV reception.

Former IRS Special Agent Joe Bannister explains to CNBC what he found out about the reality of the tax code:

Essentially, its many pages are a work of legal fiction, operating under ‘color of law’ and used to oppress the people, and separate established wealth from everyone else.

Bannister argues that by the books, the incomes of most Americans are not subject to the tax code, but the use of intimidation and nebulous code language has prevented the vast majority from discovering the truth.

In this vintage clip, then-Congressman Ron Paul argues that the 16th Amendment wasn’t properly ratified, leaving the 1913 “law” dubious at best.

Nonetheless, the use of intimidation and the custom of “death and taxes” has left millions and millions of people guilty until proven innocent, often labeled as “tax cheats” who are targeted without due process and with police state vengeance… now, they are attaining the power to revoke your passport if you don’t pay what they say you owe!

Will the American people ever be free from the burden of illegal taxation?

The late Aaron Russo, who produced several classic Hollywood films, put it all out in his documentary “America: Freedom vs. Fascism.”

If you haven’t seen it, Russo digs into the questions behind the questions and exposes the naked fraud that is holding America hostage.

This is a must see documentary… and one to share with friends and family while they still have the nation’s ridiculous and obscene tax burden on their minds.

Make no mistake – simply knowing about this information will not protect you. As Russo has noted, the system is very much like a mob. If you don’t pay, they might hurt you, fine you, penalize you or even jail you. But none of that makes it right, fair or legal.

April 15th should be a reminder of how little freedom is left in the nation that so-often prides itself on being the leader of the free world – but the last thing Washington would ever do is let people be.

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Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Income tax in USSA on labor is calculate time of citizenry is worth $0. Is not just illegal, but is ultimate insult.

Stackers's picture

Peter Schiff's dad died in jail fighting this fight ....

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Legacy of father is to teach children to think critically.

38BWD22's picture



It does not matter at this point if the Income Tax is illegal (probably is, I'm not a lawyer though).

That tax is here to stay.  Too much information and $$$ for .gov to just NOT collect anymore.  Control, bitchez.

cro_maat's picture

The tax is legal. However the IRS code is Kabuki theater.

Did you know that the IRS code is inadmissable in court. Court of Record that is (the tax court is an administrative court).

Title 26 is the "Income" tax statute. The Supreme Court ruled that it is an indirect excise tax. It was never codified into the CFR which means that there are no penalty provisions.

If you read Title 26 you will see that the tax is primarily aimed at Federal office holders and employees. But if you are not a government employee you can "volunteer" to give $ to the IRS (who gives it to the FED who gives it to the IMF who gives it to the UN). The way you do that is to ask your employer to take your donations from your paycheck every 2 weeks.

Oh and don't forget to sign that 1040 under penalty of perjury so that the IRS has an airtight contract with you.

When the 16th Ammendment was ratified (not really) people knew that is was very limited and only about 10% of the population paid the tax. Several generations of propaganda have brought us to the point where only lawyer read the Law and the sheeple pay their tithes to the pharisees of the IRS.

I reckon so's picture

The "tax code" is not formally law, and enforced as such is ILLEGAL. 

Diet Coke and Floozies's picture

"But none of that makes it right, fair or legal." If your looking for 'fair' your in the wrong universe.

Four chan's picture

in the time of fiat joo bux taxes are completely obsolete as evidenced by unlimited spending on welfare, wars and bank bailouts. the central bank has gone full retard and is a self propelled wheel ...until it isn't. 

TeamDepends's picture

Folks, check out They claim that fedgov recognizes two entities, the US citizen designated by all CAPS on your birth certificate which is a fictional person which they nonetheless tax to death, and the flesh and blood person who is exempt. Freeatlast claims that if you tell fedgov you are flesh and blood, they must leave you alone. Anyone heard of this?

Richard Chesler's picture

Obongo had 18% tax rate on $400K income last year. WTF?

Fair share bitches!


HectorCamachoTrump's picture
HectorCamachoTrump (not verified) Richard Chesler Apr 17, 2016 7:15 AM

The kenyan gets paid well to destroy the nation, don't he?

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

The only insight from this rests in the concept that legality boils down to enforecability, or might = right.  Within the concept rests a deep ocean of freedom . . . for those willing to nut up and make change happen.

Prisoners_dilemna's picture bitchez.


See what the relevant laws actually says and stop paying the income EXCISE tax out of ignorance. You want all the withheld monies returned, SS, medicare, FICA,     then learn which activites are actually taxable and subject to the income tax.


The body of evidence is in the 10s of millions and thousands of returns. The only reason any American still pays income tax is they are a ederal government employee subject to the tax, or they are ignorant of what the law says.



Damnit ZH,   go read and uphold the law!! Stop paying the income EXCISE tax unless you actually engage in some federally privileged activity.


If you work for the post office...   you have income.  Your paid from the taxpayer purse.

If you are a courrier working inthe private sector, you do not have income and anyone who files an information return about you with the IRS is making an error. will teach you how to correc that error.


I you sell apples to a military base and get a check from the US treasury. You have income.
If you sell apples at you rlocal farm market, that is not a federally priviledged activity, no excise tax falls on it.  

Read damnit!!!



The IRS follows the law.

It is YOU, out of ignorance who is giving the IRS legal cover to take your money. STOP giving them legal cover by learning what the law says.


Prisoners_dilemna's picture

Addressing some comments above,

The income tax is a perfectly legal and constitutional tax, as it is an exicse tax and only falls on specific activities excersiing federal privledge.


If you are not a federal employee or contractor, and your paying the income tax, it is only because you are ignorant of what the law says, and afraid to assert the law to the irs.


Not one CTC educated filer has been charged with a crime.

Every CTC return is heavily inspected by the IRS.

CTC returns get back EVERYTHNING that was withheld; income, state income, FICA, medicare, all of it.


Team depends: that arguement doesnt hold water and is specifically addressed at

JustMeTwo's picture

If you work for the Post Office, you are a government employee. If you work for the Postal Service, you are not. The Postal Service is not a governemnt agency. And no, NO tax dollars go to the Postal Service. Employees are NOT paid from the taxpayer purse.

Since just about every postal employuee now works for the Postal Service, they are no longer governemnt employees, and as such, not required to pay income tax. I believe the Postmaster General is the only remaining Post Office employee (and is a member of the controlling board for the Postal Service)

BeerMe's picture

Fuck me. Make $40k and you're basically paying 20% How fucking ridiculous!

HectorCamachoTrump's picture
HectorCamachoTrump (not verified) TeamDepends Apr 17, 2016 7:16 AM

I know a guy who does this.
Pisses off everyone.
Judges, lawyers forced on him, prosecuters really really hate him, jailers too.
He finally relented after so many months incarcerated and got a bond, since his wife could not cope and was going to lose the house.
The cops have a daily vendettas against him.

If you go up against the IRS, don't have any assets, wives, children etc etc...

I haven't paid taxes since 1997. But have no assets, or made "on the books" more than a couple thousand.
The agents always tell me not to file.....but I could get an EIC. Fuck it not worth it.

On a side note, years ago when I was constantly profiled by leos for turning in one of their scumbags for violating my civil rights, a cop pulled me over, asked for my SS#, and told me that I wasn't paying my taxes...
That came up with a background check?
Interesting....but they have no evidence of income.

Oh, and the jewish rockefellers allowed women to vote/pay taxes to destroy the family/society.

Women will always destroy their culture aka self destruct giving free reign because they are nurterers and to be a nurterer you have to be lacking in logic.

I know of no woman who understands logic.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Within four years after women’s suffrage, expenditures had risen above their previous peak, and within 11 years, real per capita expenditures had more than doubled from $101 to $208.8 Given that the vast majority of spending for the fiscal year that coincided with ‘‘year 0’’ was decided immediately before women were allowed to first vote, it appears that legislators started approving increased spending only after women began to vote. This timing suggests that the causation primarily runs from giving women the right to vote to larger government as opposed to some left-out variable (e.g., a general change in values), which resulted in both women’s suffrage and increased government spending.9 We shall return to the question of causation in Section V.

Women's Sufferage over time

HectorCamachoTrump's picture
HectorCamachoTrump (not verified) Jam Apr 17, 2016 10:03 AM

I smoke too much weed to listen to that crawwing garbage rock band.

boattrash's picture

Whiskey Drinkin Woman is a nice follow-up to that classic.

tarsubil's picture

Income taxes are not obsolete. They are absolutely required. Without income taxes people would get paid in a form other than fiat joo bux and fiat joo bux wouldn't buy anything for the government domestically.

ebworthen's picture

FYI - Your taxes are done by Hal 9000; if a human being looks at the return they have 50 seconds to analyze it or they don't meet their production quota.

Sanctuary2's picture

Hell-even being forced to get a Drivers License is illegal-"you cannot be forced to license yourself"

adanata's picture


38BWD22... Ah, that's not the proper point of view. Should the Sheeple actually realize the facts they would stop paying by the millions or, better yet, hundreds of millions and THAT my friend is closure. That brings down this shitshow immediately. No war/revolution/blood in the streets. Just most/ all the Sheeple stop funding the process. BTW, the personal imcome tax is totally illegal and has been proven so repeatedly.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) wee-weed up Apr 16, 2016 9:43 PM

Legal or not, but pay you will.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Cannot tax that which is not produced.

lincolnsteffens's picture

If you are willing to go through what Banister did you will probably win. He lost his family and all his savings in his fight for the lawful execution of the tax laws. He won but paid a heavy price.

The National government is prohibited by the American constitution from directly taxing people on the compensation they exchange for their labor if you live in one of the States. If you work for government or reside in the territory owned by the Federal government corporation you are subject to the "personal" income tax.

cro_maat's picture

Which means that you cannot be domiciled in DC or the Territories and you cannot do busness with any government franchise (Soc. Security, Welfare, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.)

But even if you do everything right you still have to know all of the words of art that they use on you that you think mean one thing but they have defined another way so that they can trap you.

Oh yeah, never use a lawyer because all members of the Bar will sell you out. Nothing personal, just business.

Prisoners_dilemna's picture

Their "trap" is better described as a "paper tiger". has fully explored every letter they could possibly send, and has broken down why levies, attachments, and other penalities only apply to "taxpayers" or those with a legit liability. Once you stop makiong legal declarations out of ignorance and start upholding the law, the IRS falls in line and complies.

With it is now easy to shut down the IRS and any scary threatening letter they send to you. Only ear is stopping you. Just like they want you to be.


Even changes to form 4852 have been extensively documented. The iRS is actually giving up the game.

The cat is out of the bag.

Bought friggen time.

DanDaley's picture

"Legal or not, but pay you will."


Exactly...sure gives the lie to the old saw about people running their government. 

JRobby's picture

"IRS Won’t Explain Why Agents Need AR-15’s For ‘Standoff Capability.""

Why would they need to explain their core purpose which is to take your $$$$ for the GOVT to use in its various illegal activities? People get emotional about having their $$$ taken.

zeropain's picture

man I did not know until this year that if you make low income you can actual pay no taxes and get a check from gov for the earned tax credit.  fuck when did this go down.  I dont remember seeing that when I was working part-time going to school in the 90's.  

JustMeTwo's picture

Earned Income Credit has been around since 1975. It has been expanded several times over the years, but initially enacted in 1975.

TRM's picture

Russo gave some very salient advice. He said it was like the mob. Right or wrong doesn't matter because you will pay or they will break your knees. The lawyer for Banister said something else very profound. He said "If you are going to take this route you have to be willing to lose everything". Money, family, freedom & life.They will take it all from you.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Your life is short and hard enough. Direct confrontation with the IRS results in asymmetric pain (with you receiving >1000x more than what you return).  If you can educate a friend/neighbor about the system and motivate them to play the game differently, you have done far more long term good than a direct 'I wont pay cuz it's not legal' argument.  The goal should be to work toward financial independence, removing wealth from the system as you go.  Bow to the Imperor and toss him a coin when his tax collector passes by on April 18th.  Chuckle softly as you think about the other 100 coins you socked away during the year, forever outside the Imperor's reach.  Prepare your own palace for the unlikely event of a Royal storming.  Include in that plan the goal of >10:1 asymmetric pain.  

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

You'd think that people would have figured it out by now, that Personal Income Tax is simply a case of Power over Principle.

The Deep State is saying to you: "Our might makes right".

If you want to change things eventually, then we have to change the Narrative...

From: "Whether it is legal or illegal"

To: "It's oppressive and illegal, if taxation levels are not set by those being taxed (to thus limit the size, scope and reach of .gov), and if some people get to be exempt from paying it. Either we ALL pay -- and pay our fair share, regardless of source (Earned or Invested) -- or NO one pays".

Taxation and Debt can no longer be trusted to be set by the double-agents that they* select and we 'elect'.

* The privately-owned political cartel, known as the DNC and RNC/GOP.

How can you be "Free", or have genuine "Legal Rights", if your money is being created out of thin air by a Private Cartel, and if your government representatives are also pre-selected (for your 'Approval') by a Private Cartel (a duopoly)? How?

The answer, of course, is that you aren't Free and won't be, as long as these money and political cartels run the country. As long as that is the case, i.e. that Insiders and an occasional fake Outsider (like Cruz) align with the interests of the Money Cartel and it's Deep State, you are not free. You are like chattel, owned by these Cartels.

maxamus's picture

So, you are just going to pay for your own schools, roads, infrastructure, etc.......

BigJim's picture

 So, you are just going to pay for your own schools, roads, infrastructure, etc.......

Schools? Sure.

Roads? Vehicle licensing fees, gasoline taxes.. ie, why should you be (progressively!) charged on your income than on something related to actual road usage?

Infrastructure? Depends.

1033eruth's picture

What a clown.  This is the justification for unlimited taxation?  What about the roads?  schools?

What about the fraud, corruption, out of control government, wars based on lies?  You pay for it, socialist thief.


BarkingCat's picture

Those are the responsibility of your LOCAL government.

logicalman's picture

You forgot war and corruption.

If schools realy were establishments of EDUCATION I'd be happy to pay to that. Roads & infrastructure, sure, but let's have transparency regarding the processes of awarding contracts so we know that 'selected groups' are not skimming off the top.

Taxation is what backs fiat and, therefore, wars of agression.

Taxation of income is theft/extortion by any logical measure and the tax codes of every country are so complex only the wealthy can afford to pay someone to find ways of avoiding them. The working stiff doesn't have the time to do so themselves or the spare cash to pay someone else.

Make all taxes excise taxes, if there must be tax. That way you can choose whether to pay them or not and there are no loopholes for the wealthy.

You should try thinking a little. Save you from making a fool of yourself.



exi1ed0ne's picture

Roads, schools and infrastructure is paid out of my property taxes asshole.  Always have been, and I can show you the line on the county/school board budgets.  States have always had the power to tax, and its the federal government we are talking about here princess. 

STFU with your for the kids argument, because nobody would put kids in the daycare prison schools have become if home schooling wasn't such a big sacrifice. I home school BTW, but still have to pay for the socialist garbage common core bullshit anyway.  My well articulated and creative kids are the only reward I get, and that's enough.  The state should have NO BUSINESS AT ALL in education.  They suck balls at it by any measure you can make.

Omni Consumer Product's picture

"Government is nothing more than a Mafia protection racket with better public relations."

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Better public relations AND more pages of code and regulation. Is make Tolstoy War & Peace look like short story.

Radical Marijuana's picture

According to  101 Years Of The Income Tax, the 2014 American tax code and regulations were 73,954 pages long.


tricorn teacup's picture

The sheer complexity and incomprehensibility seems sufficient reason to toss the tax code.  You can't have rule of law if the law itself can't be understood clearly.

Mr. Bones's picture

I doubt there's a single human in this nation that signs their filing asserting that they are complete and knows absolutely that they are.