New Protest Idiocy Lows: "Resisting" By Not Paying Federal Taxes

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Submitted by Duane via Fre Market Shooter blog,

If you thought the last round of protest idiocy was counterproductive, you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.  Just when you think they’ve hit rock bottom, the liberal protests hit new lows.  The Guardian recently published an article detailing a revival in “tax resistance,” which is a practice of not paying your taxes to “resist” government:

Andrew Newman always pays his taxes, even if he hates what the government is doing with them. But not this year. For him, Donald Trumpis the dealbreaker. He’ll pay his city and state taxes but will refuse to pay federal income tax as a cry of civil disobedience against the president and his new administration.

 

Newman is not alone. A nascent movement has been detected to revive the popularity of tax resistance – last seen en masse in America during the Vietnam war but which has been, sporadically, a tradition in the US and beyond going back many centuries.

 

“My tax money will be going towards putting up a wall on the Mexican border instead of helping sick people. It will contribute to the destruction of the environment and maybe more nuclear weapons. I think there will be a redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy elite and Trump’s campaign for the working man and woman was an absolute fraud. If you pay taxes you are implicated in the system,” said Newman, an associate professor of English and history at Stony Brook University on Long Island, part of the State University of New York.

It is quite amusing that an educator from SUNY academia, which is in part financed by federal funding, managed to list everything he had issue with, while at the same time omitting everything the state does that he does not object to… notably paying his salary.

So, how exactly can a state employee do this, if his taxes are already taken out of his paycheck via payroll?

Newman, 48, regrets that his 2016 taxes have already been automatically taken out of his paycheck. He intends to write to the government accusing the Trump administration of a planned misuse of those public funds. Then he will change his 2017 arrangements so that he will get a bill from the Internal Revenue Service, instead, and will refuse to pay it, donating the money to causes he deems more socially responsible.

Simply changing your pay “arrangements” so your taxes are not omitted is not easy – there is a lengthy (and often difficult) procedure that one must go through.  And though the National War Tax Resistance website details the procedures one must take, you are quite naive if you think the IRS will all of a sudden not notice you aren’t paying any federal taxes, especially given the outrageous lengths the institution already goes through to punish taxpayers, all for being a “citizen” of the United States.

Take note: though the Tea Party lodged heavy protest against excessive government and taxation, and the draconian measures the IRS goes through to make life for US citizens miserable, the institution never once set about to advise Americans to break the law, only to do whatever they could within the law to pay as little in taxes as possible.  Also take note: the Tea Party protests led to the ouster of several incumbent Republicans and the successful election of many anti-tax Tea Party endorsed politicians, notably Texas Senator Ted Cruz in 2012.

So, how do you think the “protest” of tax resistance will go?  Apparently, the NWTRCC thinks you’ll be able to just get away with getting a fine and interest bill:

“I’ve been discussing this with friends and colleagues and they are extremely interested,” he said. “People are very responsive but they also say ‘I don’t want to go to jail.’”

 

He is far more likely simply to be fined and charged interest on the unpaid taxes by the IRS.

 

“There have been very few people who have spent time in jail for not paying taxes as an explicit act of political resistance,” said Ruth Benn, coordinator of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, a campaign group that encourages federal tax boycotts in the name of peace and advises citizens on how to go about it.

 

The committee was created in 1982, around the time Benn stopped paying her federal income tax, as a protest against the nuclear arms race during the cold war.

 

“I’ve never been taken to court,” she said. IRS agents have questioned her a couple of times, most recently in 2009, saying she owed $40,000 in back taxes. They once took a small amount of money from her bank account, she said, but the consequences have been few – though IRS letters in her mailbox still “put fear in my heart”, she said.

And there’s the truth about Ruth Penn’s tax resistance – In 2009, the IRS said Ruth Penn only “owes” $40,000 in back taxes.  If you take 1982 as her “start date” for paying no federal income tax, she owed an average of $1,379 annually in back taxes, including all penalties and interest accrued.  So she has either 1) been paying a significant portion of her taxes all along, lying about the extent of her “tax resistance”, or 2) hardly generated any taxable income in 29 years, and still had funds seized from her bank account in spite of the low overall sum she owed to the IRS.

The example of Randy Kehler is likely more pertinent, as he is someone who appears to have earned enough tangible income to become a real target for the IRS for tax resistance:

But some people are bound to get the collywobbles when they look at Randy Kehler. He spent 10 weeks in a county jail in Massachusetts in the early 1990s after years of very publicly refusing to pay taxes in protest at war spending (he also spent 22 months in federal prison for refusing to cooperate with the Vietnam war draft).

 

In 1989, the feds had tried to seize his house. In a long legal battle, he ended up behind bars, only getting out when the authorities finally auctioned off his and his wife’s house.

Take note: the more you make, the bigger your tax bill is.  And a big unpaid tax bill is like a magnet to the IRS.  The very public case of Wesley Snipes and his “tax resistance” is a pertinent one to cite:

From 1999 through 2001, Wesley Snipes avoided $7 million in taxes. He surely would have paid it willingly had he known that the government would go after him in a full court press. The government was able to nab a high-earning celebrity and teach a lesson to tax protesters at the same time. Sadly, Mr. Snipes followed an accountant and an anti-tax advocate down a dangerous and costly path.

 

The advisers claimed that they did not legally have to pay taxes. Sounds alluring, doesn’t it? Snipes was such a well-known figure and high earner—raking in about $40 million from 1999 to 2004—that not paying taxes was hard to fathom. In fact, Mr. Snipes claimed that he relied on Eddie Ray Kahn and Douglas P. Rosile. They were convicted of tax fraud and conspiracy, and both got longer prison terms than Mr. Snipes did.

 

In 2008, Mr. Snipes was convicted of three misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns. He was sentenced to three years, and reported to the McKean Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison in Pennsylvania, on December 9, 2010. He finished in 2013 at the adjacent prison camp, a minimum security Club Fed as inmate number 43355-018.

So, tax resistance, at a minimum, will lead you to live your life in fear of the IRS, wondering when they will confiscate funds from your bank account.  In the most egregious examples, it will land you in prison, with your assets sold off at auction to fund your unpaid debt to Uncle Sam.

Does tax resistance strike you as a particularly effective form of protest?  It shouldn’t, but then again, you’re probably not out there protesting in the first place. 

For the record, I’m (obviously) not a fan of excessive and wasteful government spending, and of heavy-handed tactics employed by the IRS to enforce excessive taxation upon US citizens.  Like most Americans, I hire an accountant to help me take as many deductions as possible, and to be sure I pay the absolute lowest amount in taxes within the confines of the law.  If for whatever reason I were to get audited, after an initial stage of cursing and venting frustration at the IRS for wrongfully targeting me, I’d go about providing them whatever they needed to demonstrate that what I paid in income taxes is indeed correct.

Nearly everyone in this country has issue with something, if not more, that the federal government wastes money on.  Of the myriad of federal agencies, which are already for the most part incredibly unpopular with Americans, the IRS likely ranks at or near the bottom of the list.  The only thing a “tax resistance” protest against Trump will accomplish is to have the IRS breathing down your neck for the rest of your life, or until you pay all the back taxes you owe plus a massive penalty.  The Tea Party was THE anti-tax movement, and even they advocated no such thing.

But then again, it takes the mind of a liberal protester to go down the route of thinking this will be a productive protest, especially considering Trump is the “law and order” President.  Whatever you think is or isn’t in his tax returns, he’s certainly paid a lot of federal taxes in his lifetime, and isn’t likely to turn a blind eye to those choosing to pay nothing to protest him.

Just when you think protesters have hit rock bottom… they hit a new low.  It would be sad, but at this point, its all become so amusing, it’s hard not to laugh.

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RogerMud's picture

"tax resistance" has been a mainstay of the alt-right forever. just saying

doctor10's picture

There's possibly already a whole mess of the "priviledged class" for whom SS numbers and tax returns are semi-optional-dependent upon the character of their service to their globalist masters.

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) doctor10 Feb 21, 2017 8:54 AM

The BIGGEST protests. HUGE. MASSIVE. 55% disapproval. BIGLY.

NoDecaf's picture

Somebody suggest a "new" name for their movement.

call it "taxed enough already"

 

let's see if they get it.

LOL

mind reset's picture
mind reset (not verified) NoDecaf Feb 21, 2017 9:01 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do... http://bit.ly/2jdTzrM

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Hmmm

Now who was that asshat politician who said our tax system was 'voluntary'?

metastar's picture

Not much at risk of not paying taxes when you don't work.

Hal n back's picture

I want to carve out Obamacare from my tax bill.

And funding universities and thee education system  so this college professor can coast for his career and get full retirement at age 55.

SumTing Wong's picture

Do George Soros' checks to protestors get taxed? I'm all for the underground economy, but...

BullyBearish's picture

They don't need our taxes for war...they just print up what they need in the back room

What should be withheld is fodder...keep your sons and daughters from joining the military...

Keyser's picture

The hysteria is reaching fever pitch, it makes one wonder just what they will come up with next... I would love to be a fly on the wall when one of these SJW's is sitting in a 8x8 room with two IRS agents, asking just why they haven't paid their taxes... 

The_Juggernaut's picture

I was wondering when the anti-war left would come off their eight year vacation.

Billy the Poet's picture

How they miss Obama's drones of love.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Billy the Poet Feb 21, 2017 10:32 AM

I hope all liberals start lying on their W-4 and stop paying their federal income taxes.  I'd like to see every one of them do a few years behind bars, starting with tax cheats George Soros, Al Sharpton and Charlie Rangle.

P.S. You can't be jailed for not paying your taxes but you CAN be jailed for not reporting that you owe it.

 

N2OJoe's picture

Have you ran that last sentance past Irwin Schiff?

NumberNone's picture

What we are learning is that rather than being the utopian president...Obama basically didn't give the radical left a release valve as they had to keep their politically correct mouths shut during his term.  What fun this is watching them blow themselves up into a million diverse pieces as they each start crying over their conflicting causes.  

SoDamnMad's picture

Maybe someone in the IRS reads ZH and will have Ruth Penn make a scheduled visit to her nearest IRS office along with her checkbook. I hope it is full.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Speaking of George Soros. The only way to avoid paying taxes is to be a billionaire and donate generaously to your kept politicians.

FireBrander's picture

100% legal ways to stop paying taxes:

1. Stop working completely - and the government will pay you (aka welfare) with OTHER peoples tax money.

2. Stop working past the Federal "poverty" level - you won't owe any taxes.

3. Become 100% "disabled" and you'll get a nice tax free income from the FEDs...it's easier than you may think...go to the VA Building Complex and watch all of those "Disabled" Veterens come and go on thier Harleys.

~~~~~~~~~~

Most of the people I know are WORKING THIER LIVES AWAY to buy shit they really don't need (with after tax money)...and to make it even more pathetic...they are working away thier lives to PAY BACK LOANS on shit they don't really need.

KyttenX's picture

Unfortunately, this is a viable plan.

In the old days, "back problems" would get you on SSI permanently.

Now it's "bipolar disorder."

That being said, I don't think the culture of dependence is psychologically healthy for most people. Work gives people purpose, and purpose is a positive thing.

Finally, if people are working their lives away buying things they don't need and paying off college that was useless, those are their decisions. No one is forced to go to college. No one is forced to keep up with their neighbors.

FireBrander's picture

"No one is forced to keep up with their neighbors"

LOL...serioulsy. OMG, the social/corporate pressure to be "successfull" (measured by the value of the shit you own) LITERALLY causes people to work themselves to death. Men (and women) with picture perfect families kill themselves because they lose a job and are forced to "not keep up with the neighbors".

From birth, we are trained by "the system" to "keep up with the neighbors". Look at Jebra Bush..."too many people only working part time; we've got to them all working full time"...and it NEVER crossed the fuckheads mind that MAYBE people don't want to work full time....MAYBE some people have broken free of the national mental illness to work until you drop..and if you don't, you're a "failure".

America is being forced to "keep up with the neighbors" in the most ingenious way; we collectively "want' to" even though it makes us miserable; you couldn't train lab rats so well...

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Suddenly I feel oddly depressed...

GadExp's picture

There's no reason to protest the income tax!  All you have to do is know the law!

 

Stop funding the evil banking cartel by paying taxes that you don't owe!!!

 

http://www.losthorizons.com/Newsletter/IncomeTaxFlowchart.pdf

 

http://www.losthorizons.com

 

MEAN BUSINESS's picture

Years ago I worked in a food processing plant on the afternoon shift. When some equipment broke down, I'd call in the maintenance guy and every time he'd say "all you have to do is..."

No reason to protest the income tax??? LMFAO! nobody really believes that, including tax lawyer VP Pence:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtVmEfPqTaI

IRS? "fix bayonets", "get my gun" VP P

GadExp's picture

You're right!  I actually protest the income tax too...in principle.

 

BUT THE REAL POINT is that the income tax does not apply as widely as the IRS wants us to believe that it does.

 

I have not paid income tax since 2011 and I work a normal office job at a normal company.  The IRS validates my honest, legal, and correct tax filing every year.

 

You don't have to pay taxes that you don't owe.  The key is studying the law and really learning what applies!  (HINT: unless you receive a paycheck from the feds, if you are paying more than $0 of income taxes, then you are paying too much!)

MEAN BUSINESS's picture

On that Venezuala thread last week you and that other guy raged on and on until finally I had to interject. You never replied and the other guy started lecturing me about "Buy my book, click that link" blah blah blah while completely ignoring the FairTax.

Now I have your answer as well.

GadExp's picture

Oh yeah!  I remember seeing your comment, but by that point I had moved on with no time to comment.  Sorry about that!

 

Fair Tax!  It is ALMOST a good idea.  It basically does away with the income tax and bases taxes on consumption.  The only exception to this is that the Fair Tax plan doesn't do away with the SS taxes.  (I have no idea why anyone would want to keep those taxes around!)

Criticism #1 - supporting Fair Tax is like supporting global peace.  The idea is great, but it reduces the power people's abililty to plunder the people, so there is basically zero chance that it will ever happen... short of large-scale revolution.  

You might as well ask Saudia Arabia to stop beheading people and Israel to stop abusing Palestinians.  

 

Criticism #2 - Fair tax misses the point that principly, this is EXACTLY the system that we are currently working with.  The Constitution allows ONLY 2 taxes - 1. Use (consuption) tax and 2. Capitation tax.    Capitation taxes are extremely restricted and almost never used.  The rest of taxes are FUNDAMENTALLY BASED ON USE - INCLUDING INCOME TAX!  The problem is, the IRS has deliberately fostered the misunderstanding of the tax for decades!

 

The income tax existed long before 1913.  Pres. Lincoln implemented an income tax during the civil war.  But back then, everyone understood that the income tax was based completely on the USE of federal priviledge - or in other words, income derived from working for the government.  

The income tax is STILL ONLY BASED ON FEDERAL PRIVILEDGE, principly and legally.  And the IRS will honor tax filings that assert as much.  All you have to do is learn the law.

 

It's not a joke.  It's not a legal loophole.  It is the Constitution.  It is the law.  And it is reality.

 

So, to summarize, supporting the Fair Tax would pretty much be the same as supporting our tax system as it it today, without all the intentional distortion and misunderstanding that exists today.  So I would ask, what's better, a new system that is the same as the old system and STILL REQUIRES AND EDUCATED POPULATION, or the old system that requires a re-education of all the sheeple?

 

Maybe it would be easier to do a full overhaul in order to wake up the population.  I don't know.  Either way they have to use their brains.

 

Ultimately though, the banker cartel worked really hard to acheive the modern day blindness of the sheep.  It's highly doubtful that they would let it go without a fight. 

MEAN BUSINESS's picture

Apology accepted.

FairTax does away with all payroll taxes including SS and Medicaid.

Fairtax eliminates income taxes for individuals and businesses.

FairTax eliminates capital gains tax

I'd be cautious about claiming almost no chance it could "win"...

I don't think your word-salad would stand a chance against Trump's message "END THE IRS"

And not to worry, the fine men and women of the IRS will be busy for a few years helping people understand the new income tax code, both pages of it! : )

GadExp's picture

Granted on all fronts!!!

I even admit the "word salad" statement!  The problem is that the bad guys are using legalese to implement their devious plans.  We can't fight back if we don't understand what these psychopaths are doing.  Unfortunately we don't really have the option of avoiding the overly verbose techniques of these lawmakers. :(

 

My only two concerns about FairTax are these:

1.  Eliminating the overly-complex tax structure we have today would be great.  But that wouldn't remove the evil powers that corrupted the tax laws in the first place.  They corrupted the simplicity of the original laws on purpose so that they could plunder the people.  They would corrupt them again if we were to re-simplify. 

It feels like cutting down the tree without poisoning the stump and roots.

 

2.  Championing a Fair Tax that does away with SS, Medicare, capital gains.... might distract  people from the important message that these taxes probably don't apply to them anyways under todays tax laws.  In reality, I couldn't care less if government workers are required to pay all these crazy taxes.  I simply intend to avoid working for the government, so no skin off my back!  

But I really don't want people to think that they can't solve their tax problems unless the guys in Washington take action.  I hate that approach.  

MEAN BUSINESS's picture

"A Republic, if you can keep it" Yes, rootstriking required, not that the risk is ever entirely gone. Look what happened after Jackson routed out Second American Bank! (FED RES)

The President promises "historic" tax reform so I'm not under the illusion that the campaign is garaunteed victory or that it'll be over quickly. This will be epic.

Your second concern sidesteps the core issue. The IRS does apply to everyone. It terrifies EVERYONE.

Coolidge said it, "less time working for the government and more time working for themselves." Would be nice if the federal government had a reasonable budget, not a "let's raise as much money as we possibly can!" attitude. Everyone should have some skin in the game, no?

The fight will center on the understanding that it is not "the guys in Washington" taking the action, it's "we the people" and every congresscritter is gonna get that message until they are shitting bricks.

As VP Pence said in that vid, people will rise up.

GadExp's picture

My second point certainly doesn't side-step the issue!  The core issue is not fear of the IRS.  The core issue is education and personal responsibility.  If the people know the laws, then they won't be afraid to stand up to the IRS for their rights under the law.

 

Furthermore, the FairTax idea has been around for 17 years.  If there is one thing I have learned since 1999, its that the people won't rise up for liberty!  They are just too lazy and too comfortable!  I have come to learn that most the sheeple actually are happier in their risk-free, liberty-free dream land, than they would be in the real world where education and personal responsibility are mandatory for freedom.

 

Pence said that the people will rise up ...back in 2009.  Maybe you can call the Trump movement a rising up.... but I don't think so.  Trump may come out soon with his big tax reform, but you can bet your wife and children's lives that it won't be Fair Tax.  If I'm right, then we will see the people continue on without any additional 'uprising'.  If I'm wrong, then the people will have missed out on the last 7 years since Pence's speech to legally and honestly not pay any income tax whatsoever on non-federal priviledged earnings.

 

"Everyone should have some skin in the game, no?"

If by this, you mean that everyone should pay the same tax rate equally, then I agree - but ONLY on capitation taxes.  

 

For Use tax, I most adamately disagree!!!  Regarding use tax, it should be set up so that an individual can avoid the tax if they so choose.  That's the brilliance of 'USE' tax as established by the Constitution - it is self-regulating!  If the government goes out of control, then the people adjust their usage to avoid the bad taxes.  

Self-regulation is NOT POSSIBLE under a flat rate usage tax on all good equally.  In that scenario, if the government goes out of control, then the individual has no recourse.  They have no escape.  They are pinned under the whim of a corrupt government.  They are forced to stop consumption completely (and essentially die) or serve the government.

 

In fact, the more I write my response, the more clearly I see that I am strictly opposed to FairTax.  An even consumption tax on all goods is crippling to the balance established by the Constitution!

MEAN BUSINESS's picture

quell surprise, strictly opposed huh?

Your message boils down to: Hey all you dumb irresponsible people, get educated and take responsibility then you'll know the 77,000 page tax code and YOU TOO can take on the IRS... IN COURT! Your wife and children will TOTALLY understand!

<facepalm>

There's no maybe about it, he said at the presser last Thursday he wants to do tax reform because it's easier but for reg and budgetary reasons they have to do healthcare first. He's looking at mid-March.

He said in Florida on Saturday "a tax code everyone can understand"

He said last Wednesday when the retail execs visited "H&R Block won't like it". Those execs spent the afternoon with WAYS AND MEANS Chair and Senate Fin Chair.

Sounds like FairTax to me. 

GadExp's picture

I'm not opposed to fair taxes.  I'm opposed to a tax system that has no checks and balances against the government.  A flat tax rate on all consumed goods does not provide the checks and balances that the Constitution provides in it's tax rules.  A flat rate means that if they raise it, we pay it.  They have all the power!

 

Also, you certainly don't need to know all the pages of the tax code!  You only need to understand the Constitution and how those principles apply to the law.  The complexity of the code is nothing more than a decoy to frighten people away from even trying to understand the concepts.  If you can get past that decoy, then you can see that the complex code probably doesn't have anything to do with you.  Leave it to federal workers to sort that mess out!

 

An 'no' you won't be tossed in jail and taken to court if you file your taxes correctly.  That is the whole point!  The IRS supports and upholds the honest and lawful tax filings.  They just don't put any effort into correcting those who haven't studied enough and so they overpay.  If I were going to be tossed in jail, then I wouldn't file my taxes the way I do.  Your wife and kids will certainly understand when you start to pocket your earnings instead of unnecessarily passing the money to the government!

 

I don't doubt that Trump will bring a tax reform.  I am quite pleased with everything he has done so far.  But it is obvious that his efforts are being strongly checked by the opposition (deep state???).  I have no doubt that he would kill the IRS and overhaul the tax system if it were only up to him.  Unfortunately, he's not the only one pulling strings.  Whatever tax reform he brings will not substantially upset the current system.  It's worth way too much to the bad guys for them to just let him take it away.

MEAN BUSINESS's picture

" A flat rate means that if they raise it, we pay it.  They have all the power!"

King George III had all the power, until he didn't. 

"You only need to understand the Constitution and how those principles apply to the law."

Again with the 'you're dumb and irresponsible' now said a different way, 'you only need to be a Constitutional lawyer and apply it to the 77,000 page tax code'. 'And then take your dream team of lawyers with you to court and hope and pray SCOTUS sees it your way.

"you won't be tossed in jail' if THEY deem you filed correctly. Now if for any reason THEY deem otherwise... start lawyering up. THEY decide the quality of my effort huh?

Yeah, the Ex and the kids will surely understand the savings I pocketed until they don't materialize and I'm spending it all on tax lawyers and they'll say golly you just didn't study constitutional law and the 77,000 page tax code enough, LOSER. I can tell them "federal workers" were supposed to take care of that mess?

"I have no doubt that he would kill the IRS and overhaul the tax system if it were only up to him."

His inaugeration speech made it crystal clear, the power is with the people. He's just a campaign manager. How's he doing so far?

"Whatever tax reform he brings will not substantially upset the current system."

Tax reform will be decided by Congress before it lands on his desk. Yeah, nobody would want to upset the current system. Everybody loves this shit!

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Better do some soul searching Sister. Peace.

GadExp's picture

...said the person who is so afraid of the IRS that they won't even consider looking at information that suggests that you have been deceived.

...said the person who is so afraid of jail that they won't consider exercising their rights under the law.

...said the person who is so daunted by the complexity of the law that they refuse to even look at it.

 

None of these 10's of thousands of people were stonewalled by the fears that you are exhibiting.  None of them have been jailed for not paying taxes they don't owe.

http://www.losthorizons.com/BulletinBoard.htm

 

You are so emphatic that the code is too difficult to understand, but you won't even look at it and try.  You've fallen for the exact trick they want you to fall for - "It's too difficult to figure out."

 

You shouldn't be so committed to fixing a problem that you aren't willing to understand.  Fair Tax won't save a naive population.  Neither will simple laws that remove counterbalances.

 

Do a little studying, then we can talk more.

 

losthorizons.com

 

All due respect.

ed31337's picture

I dropped out of my high paying corporate job. Worked summer seasonal jobs at low wages to drastically reduce the amount of income taxes I was paying. Started toiling at home building a productive fruit and vegetable garden to feed myself. Pretty soon, the City of Mesa, AZ Code Compliance department starts hitting me with code compliance notices left and right, even trying to use ordinances against me that were only applicable to commericial properties. They even sent out a pile of armed police officers to harass my brother who was trying to clear some weeds while I was away during the middle of summer, in response to one of THEIR code compliance notices.

"No one is forced to keep up with their neighbors." Yes sir, I used to believe that too. But from my personal experience, it turns out they will go to pretty extreme lengths to try to force you back into their mould. 

Future Jim's picture

Harry Reid kept insisting that our tax system is voluntary when interviewed by Jan Helfeld.

CheapBastard's picture

The "resistors" will love those tax liens on their houses. Odd they never prtested before as Bush killed > 1 million and Obama killed just as many muslims.

 

That's odd.

bigkahuna's picture

yes - get ready for a long miserable time in your lives - The IRS has unlimiited funding and power - unless you are going to start a shooting war, this is gonna be a very miserable protracted period of time.

 

edit - you might get help if you did this, but not from your fellow snowflakes - lol!

CheapBastard's picture

They will get a big surprise when and if they decide to sell and find they owe $120k or more [plus interest] to Uncle Sam.

The NAR should love these protests (NOT!) since it will surely be the straw that breaks the RE bubbles back.

Oh La La!

bigkahuna's picture

Yeah - they are in for a very nasty and rude awakening. The IRS does not F around.

MEAN BUSINESS's picture

Neither is President Trump.

"I KILLED THE IRS" DJT's headstone

Bastiat's picture

How about when they seize your bank accounts?

All your assets are belong to us!

MEAN BUSINESS's picture

Now day 12. VP Pence is a tax lawyer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtVmEfPqTaI

#irslivesmatter - retweeted nobody ever

SumTing Wong's picture

Have these asshats ever even read Thoreau's essay? And maybe they don't know about the free nights he got as a guest of the government...

A. Boaty's picture

Emerson paid the tax to get Thoreau out of jail.

Emerson: What are you doing in there?

Thoreau: What are you doing out there?

MisterMousePotato's picture

Okay. I know I live in a small town.

But why do I have to travel halfway around the world via the internet to find literate people?

Present company excepted, do people not read (books) anymore?

JRobby's picture

Yea, but if they can't get the carbon tax implemented how can they possibly keep cranking up GOVT DEBTS to the moon?