A Cretan Writes A Heartfelt Letter To The Greek IRS

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The Greeks, who have long since become Guniea Pigs for Europe's real time experiment in restructuring itself without actually i) impairing any debt, ii) injecting new capital, or iii) having any idea what the endgame really is, are increasingly starting to just say no and revolt. Yes - the small Mediterranean country may have fallen off the front page news briefly, or until the current government is also ejected bringing us to a repeat of late May, early June, its citizens are getting ever bolder in refusing to comply with the relentless attempts of the European superstate to syphon off as much wealth as it possible can from the weakest and the poorest.

To wit, in the letter below, posted in Greek website aixmi.gr, comes from a disgruntled taxpayer who was "assessed" some rather crusing taxes.  Showing his outrage at the manner in which- especially this year- the Greek IRS tax hikes are crushing weaker, lower income families, the Cretan ctiziens has sent the following letter to the Tax Office of Ierapetra.

Read on for the the full text of his letter:

To: Dept of the Treasury, Ierapetra Tax District

Taxpayer Aretouli C. Nicholas, a resident of the County of Ierapetra.

In the Income Tax Assessment Notice that you sent me you claim a “purported” income of 8863 euros, which I never saw and never wanted to earn.

1. For my residence with an assessed value by you of 13653.68 euros as of 10/08/2010, situated in the village of Panakiana Municipality of Ierapetra, without even working electricity, you assume & declare a presumptive taxable income of 4,080 euros, about 1/3 of the property's value, while one can easily locate homes in our area with only 150 euros a month rent (1.800/annually).

2. You presume a basic subsistence income of 3,000 euros. Unfortunately for you, because of my anti-consumerist and eco-friendly ideology and lifestyle I’ve been living since 1995, me and my partner (2 persons total) survived with only 2126.5 euros for an entire year, including the cost of gasoline for my car which is used principally for agricultural work. So you’re asking for taxes representing 1/4 of my annual level of basic subsistnce!

3. For my vehicle, '91 model with engine capacity 750cc and with €300 annual insurance & registration fees costs, and maintenance covered by myself personally (as a former engineer), you assume & declare a presumptive taxable income of 2,000 euro.

After all that I analyzed above, and hereby invoking the last article of the Constitution I declare the following:

a) Faced with the choice not to eat for three (3) months or to pay the tax you’re demanding I’ll choose not to pay a single penny.

b) Faced with the choice to commit suicide or become a murderer, I’ll choose to murder you.

c) If you have not made an error with this Income Tax Assessment Notice that you’ve sent me, then you’re a bunch of cheats and scoundrels and thieves.

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Mon, 07/16/2012 - 17:43 | 2621882 stocktivity
Mon, 07/16/2012 - 18:30 | 2622046 valley chick
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been waiting and waiting for Italy's turn.... thanks for the heads up.  :)

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 19:01 | 2622141 The Gooch
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Screw "lower". Let's LEVEL them all.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 18:03 | 2621963 Sweet Chicken
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O to the mother fuckin PA Bitchez!!!!

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 18:05 | 2621970 slaughterer
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Finden Sie eine Loesung hier, Deutsche Finanzamt-Beamte in Griechenland.  Sie Arcschloecher!

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 18:56 | 2622130 Raymond K Hessel
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HEY!!!  Sprechen zie 'merican?

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 19:18 | 2622182 Doña K
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Too late for solutions. Defend yourselves from the leaches

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 17:31 | 2621810 ebworthen
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Love it.

"Purported" income?

What a joke.

Probably coming to the U.S.S.A. soon.

Future IRS missive: 

"Since you have a high school diploma you 'could' be making $60,000 a year, therefore you owe us $9,000 even though you haven't made a penny. 

Your 1984 Chevrolet Chevette is a classic antique, and therefore value taxable at $750 a year plus a $500 carbon credit charge.

Our medical records show that though you haven't been to the doctor in five years; you buy cigars and scotch and therefore will be liable for a $2,000 tax this year for future medical treatments."



Mon, 07/16/2012 - 17:36 | 2621850 john39
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some of it sounded a bit more insidious...  since you did the work yourself, this is considered "imputed income" since you saved money that you would have spent... so we tax you on that imputed income...   believe, they will try this everywhere.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 17:48 | 2621899 HungrySeagull
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They are going to try this here in the USA. Mark my words.

I would simply tear up the bill and chuck it.

I don't mind paying fair share, but I will be goddamn if they try to tax my future unrealized time on earth.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 18:08 | 2621967 Bob
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Actually, every unmarried/divorced father in America is well acquainted with "imputed income" by their involvement in the universal child support system. 

Many, many men have done much, much jail time over this already. 

The hard core family folks intensely believe in fathers paying.  The hard core left folks intensely believe in fathers paying and then some. 

It's all about just getting a bunch of very motivated lunatics to emote on cue and make sure the corporate media covers it. 

The cultural narrative gets written.  Adolf was really great at this part. 

IMO, they'll definitely stick it to regular people before they claw back criminally gained assets or off-shored corporate profits. 

Little people are just so much easier to deal with. 

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 19:21 | 2622193 Doña K
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A Greek night club owner told us once that the greek taxman comes arround one weekday at night, saturday night and Sunday night and counts heads. then he taxes accordingly. no checking books expenses, receipts or anything else.

Go fight it. Crazy

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 19:54 | 2622274 pods
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That works out until it doesn't.  For they KNOW who he is.


Mon, 07/16/2012 - 18:03 | 2621961 GeezerGeek
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I can't wait until my city requires an occupational license for me to cut my own grass or trim my own trees.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 18:28 | 2622040 krispkritter
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5-6 years ago, our county Building Dept. took it upon themselves to require any homeowner doing repairs or improvements to any structural, electrical, or plumbing element in their home to submit themselves for testing at their offices for a 'homeowners permit'. I shit you not. They had a couple PC's with a bunch of code books setup for studying after which you would take a computerized test and find out if you passed. The test 'fee' was like $50-60 in addition to the permit. They actually had notices plastered on the special order, window/door & kitchen order desks, and the checkout counters stating that any purchases of certain items required the test.  I figured that a $60 garbage disposal at that time would cost me about $175 total. I think that bullshit lasted about 6 months and the backlash from the residents buried that one for good.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 19:59 | 2622287 pods
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That is nuts.  I guess we all see that in one way or another though.

Most higher level repair components are unavailable for the average Joe.  HD, Lowes, etc do not carry many parts that can be easily swapped out. I lost the start capacitor on my HVAC unit, and I either had to order one online, and sweat out several 90+ degree days in a house designed for HVAC, or go to a local contractor's shop and pretend I was picking it up for my company as a cash pickup.  Or I could call the HVAC guys to put in a $14 dollar cap for about $150 bucks.

Let's say that outside of a gentleman's establishment, that was the best $14 bucks I ever spent!


Mon, 07/16/2012 - 22:35 | 2622852 Tijuana Donkey Show
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And they are still all made by the Chinese. I had a $2500 A/C unit that I could buy online, same unit, but the mobster HVAC guys want $7500 to install it, and three days! When I pointed out I could buy it online, their answer -"Installers won't touch customer purchased equipment." FUCK them. 

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 23:21 | 2623000 MilleniumJane
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Our county is doing something similar but with septic systems.  If you have a septic system, you have two choices...either get it professionally checked out and certified every two years or pay $200 to take a class and inspect your own system and register the results with the county.    The last I heard, you have to retake the class every five years.  They get you either way, don't they?

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 20:50 | 2622448 ncdirtdigger
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You don't have to wait, just move to Brimingham.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 18:54 | 2622117 James
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They;ve done this for a long time.

Knew a roofer who did real well but did;nt file.

When they caught up to him they just added up his "Lifestyle" and came up w/a huge amount due.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 17:39 | 2621863 LawsofPhysics
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Probably coming to the U.S.S.A?!?!?!


Talk to anyone with a significant amount of their wealth in land, buildings, or equipment.  You would be suprised by the assessed values being claimed by government paper-pushers, most of which who can't even say the name of the item correctly, much less correctly assess its value.

The system can't crash fast enough for some of us, just saying.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 18:23 | 2622028 The Gooch
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One "Tourettes" lathe- value: $5.5 mil

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 17:40 | 2621865 FEDbuster
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My buddy's child support is based on "purported income", I shit you not.  The judge told him,  "this is what you used to make, so this is what you are obligated to pay".  My friend said, "that was then, this is now (former homebuilder)".  Judge said, "I don't care".

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 17:45 | 2621887 LawsofPhysics
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Your friend; "come get it motherfucker."

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 17:50 | 2621912 FEDbuster
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That has been his attitude, and so far they haven't locked him up. 

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 17:58 | 2621942 LawsofPhysics
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Why would they?  Especially if he is still working (paying taxes) and still using FRNs.  Let him stop working and start using PMs, then they will lock him up at Gitmo before you can say terr...

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 17:58 | 2621947 gmrpeabody
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Judge says..."Thirty days for contempt of court. Another outburst and we'll make it sixty."

That's how it works. You play ball, or they make sure you have zero verifiable income.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 18:24 | 2622030 Totentänzerlied
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Ask any progressive what the thought process is behind throwing someone in jail thereby guaranteeing he has 0 income, from which alimony or child-support could otherwise be garnished, when the puported reason they need to be thrown in jail is for ... not paying alimony or child-support. Prepare to be called a male-chauvinist pig.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 20:01 | 2622276 Dr. Sandi
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Edited post. Decided not to call you a dumb ass.

I sort of agree, and I don't like that.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 17:52 | 2621916 daneskold
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In the divorce, the ex and her asshole attorney tried to base alimony on the income I earned for a job I lost  five years prior.


Now you go to jail for not paying support based on phantom imputed income.


And the Constitutional right of bankruptcy?  Forget it.  Congress has all but stripped the purpose of that healthy and necessary tool of capitalism and freedom.


Can't pay alimony or taxes?  Tough shit.  You'll be thrown in jail until you do.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 17:59 | 2621948 Piranhanoia
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Why buy the cow when you can rent?  Milk isn't that expensive.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 18:28 | 2622041 FEDbuster
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Some guys don't want to share the udders.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 00:40 | 2623191 merizobeach
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And besides, the standard heffers are enough to make a person go asia-tarian.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 18:26 | 2622037 The Gooch
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And surely don't default on that credit card debt...
The banks write it off and send you a w-2 as the write off is now considered
"earned income" on your part.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 19:01 | 2622143 Raymond K Hessel
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There are entire seminars in the accounting/tax community dedicated to taxing the "income" from loan write-offs

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 18:51 | 2622107 Whalley World
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In B.C. the law states i owe 50% of gross due to time together with the ex.  At at 45% tax rate she would be entitled to pretty well all of my take home.  She has been accepting 50% of my net which is all i offered.  Now she wants more but there is this little thing called Offer and Acceptance that may rock her world.

50% of gross, you can't make this up.  She should be in banking.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 20:37 | 2622390 robertocarlos
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It's tax deductable, so you would get a killer refund at the end of the year.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 18:35 | 2626209 Whalley World
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Understood but, as a sales guy, something sticks in my craw when i have to rely on the Government to pay my income.  Work all year then hope for a return mid next year does not sound sexy to me.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 19:47 | 2622252 Coast Watcher
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And they used to say we abolished debtor's prisons.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 21:32 | 2622631 chubbar
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Let's not overlook the passport they confiscate when in arrears.

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 06:23 | 2623424 TeMpTeK
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“Sovereignty itself is, of course, not subject to law, for it is the author and source of law; but in our system, while sovereign powers are delegated to the agencies of government, sovereignty itself remains with the people, by whom and for whom all government exists and acts.”  

[Yick Wo v. Hopkins, 118 U.S. 356; 6 S.Ct. 1064 (1886)],

It is for exactly this reason that we the people were fraudulently converted into legal fictions, equivalent to corporations that are without god given rights but exist rather with mere prviliges that can be taxed, fined and regulated.. Dont believe me?.. just look at your birth certificate and your god damn drivers license.. who the hell spells their name in all caps? The state does.. Why? to make u subservant to them. From the day you are born to the day u sign the dotted line to receive a drivers license privilige. The state has been working feverishly to assure your subservancy The only entities that can receive privileges from the state like driving, earning a wage, adding an extra bathroom in your basement are creatures of the state.. aka, coprations!

Now that youve never challenged but rather, accepted this status from birth then in adulthood you willingly contract with the state (of course without knowing) and have accepted to be at the bottom end of the natural order. From then on you conduct all your business using this same identification that tells the courts who you are so that every law, code, administrative infraction they create u are subordinate to. May your chains weigh lightly upon you... Call me when the revolution starts...

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 08:34 | 2623683 Boxed Merlot
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I repeat, when the average wage earner quits prepaying tax on income, the US will see massive default.  The US IRS has been exceptionally deceptive in coercing compliance by holding out a possibility of a "return" of excessive tax withheld by annual filing of voluntarily signed self incriminating 1040s.

The system began with the advent of frns.  As long as one uses the currency of the matrix one will play by the rules of the currency's creators.  If one chooses to use constitutionally mandated coined money as legal tender, one lives off the grid.

End the fed and return to sound currency.  Starve the beast, imo.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 19:48 | 2622257 ATM
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The State of California already does this. They assume you owe them tax, deduct that amount from any accounts they can find and throw the burden of proof on you the consume... I mean citizen.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 17:25 | 2621812 nwskii
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Boom Goes the Dynamite

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 17:27 | 2621818 JohnG
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Damn.  Way to go man.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 17:33 | 2621832 JohnG
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Let 30 or 40 million Americans do this, blank tax form, similar letter, then just what the fuck is the IRS going to do?  It would clog the courts for DECADES.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 17:46 | 2621893 Lore
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The fact that this is begun -- and we're talking about it -- means the Greater Crisis is already baked into the cake.

It may take 6 months or 2 years, but regardless, IT'S OVER. WE HAVE A GENUINE BANKSTER-INDUCED MACRO SHTF ON OUR HANDS.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 18:29 | 2622044 The Gooch
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Hedge accordingly, Fight Club.

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 18:53 | 2622113 Whalley World
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Watched it again  last night.  re my ex and alimony my favorite line:

"we are a generation of men raised by women.  I'm wondering if another woman is really the answer" Tyler Durden

Mon, 07/16/2012 - 19:57 | 2622283 Dr. Sandi
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Whadda ya want? A generation of men raised by men?

They call us SPARTANS!

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