Why Do You Pay Taxes?

Digg This Below is something that I wrote/compiled for April 15th and sent out to some people via E-mail. It is a compilation of quotes pertaining to taxes. My question to you after you read these quotes is – why do you pay taxes?

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Today, thousands of people will file taxes. Some will grumble that they are getting taxed too much. Some will wonder if they have to file. Some will be frantically scrambling to find paperwork to make the midnight drop deadline. Indeed, it is an ugly time for us and our money…

Below are some quotes on the Income Taxes. I know that the list is long, but I assure you that all quotes are interesting and relevant to YOU and YOUR taxes. When you get a minute, read them… and think about them.

(See the two attachments as well)

“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.” – Edward R. Murrow

“The trick is to stop thinking of it as ‘your’ money.” – Revenue Auditor

“There are two distinct classes of men… those who pay taxes and those who receive and live upon taxes.” – Thomas Paine

“In a recent conversation with an official at the Internal Revenue Service, I was amazed when he told me that ‘If the taxpayers of this country ever discover that the IRS operates on 90% bluff the entire system will collapse’ “.- Henry Bellmon, Senator (1969)

“… the key question is: can we define ‘income’ in a fair and reasonably straightforward manner? Unfortunately we have not yet succeeded in doing so”. -Shirley Peterson, former IRS Commissioner, April 1993 “I don’t like the income tax. Every time we talk about these taxes we get around to the idea of ‘from each according to his capacity and to each according to his needs’. That’s socialism. It’s written into the Communist Manifesto. Maybe we ought to see that every person who gets a tax return receives a copy of the Communist Manifesto with it so he can see what’s happening to him”. -T. Coleman Andrews, Commissioner of Internal Revenue, May 25, 1956 in US. News & World Report

“Our federal tax system is, in short, utterly impossible, utterly unjust and completely counterproductive [it] reeks with injustice and is fundamentally un-American… it has earned a rebellion and it’s time we rebelled”. -President Ronald Reagan, May 1983, Williamsburg, VA

“If no information or return is filed, [the] Internal Revenue Service cannot assess you”. – Gary Makovski, Special IRS Agent, testifying under oath in US. v. Lloyd

“Our tax system is based upon voluntary assessment and payment, not upon distraint”. – United States Supreme Court, in Flora v. United States

“Our tax system is based on individual self-assessment and voluntary compliance”. -Mortimer Caplin, Internal Revenue Audit Manual (1975)

“The United States has a system of taxation by confession”. -Hugo Black, Supreme Court Justice, in U.S.A. Kahriger

“Only the rare taxpayer would be likely to know that he could refuse to produce his records to IRS agents… Who would believe the ironic truth that the cooperative taxpayer fares much worse than the individual who relies upon his constitutional rights”. -Judge Cummings, U.S. Federal Judge, in US. v. Dickerson (7th Circuit 1969)

“Let me point this out now. Your income tax is 100 percent voluntary tax, and your liquor tax is 100 percent enforced tax. Now, the situation is as different as night and day. Consequently, your same rules just will not apply…” -Dwight E. Avis, former head of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division of the IRS, testifying before a House Ways and Means subcommittee in 1953

“The purpose of the IRS is to collect the proper amount of tax revenues at the least cost to the public, and in a manner that warrants the highest degree of public confidence in our integrity, efficiency and fairness. To achieve that purpose, we will encourage and achieve the highest possible degree of voluntary compliance in accordance with the tax laws and regulations…”. – Internal Revenue Manual, Chapter 1100, section 1111.1

“Fear is the key element for the IRS in achieving its mission. Without fear, the IRS would have a difficult time maintaining our so-called system of voluntary compliance …” “Given the opportunity, the IRS will take the easy way out and grab whatever it can… the IRS does not really care about you and what your future……. may be.” -Santo Presti, former IRS Criminal Investigation Agent and author of “IRS In Action”

“The IRS is an extraordinary example of the end justifying the means. The means of this agency is growth. It is interesting that the revenue officers within the IRS refer to taxpayers as ‘inventory’. The IRS embodies the political realities of the selfish human desire to dominate others. Thus the end of this gigantic pretense of officialdom is power, pure and simple. The meek may inherit the earth, but they will never receive a promotion in an agency where efficiency is measured by the number of seizures of taxpayers’ property and by the number of citizens and businesses driven into bankruptcy” – George Hansen, Congressman and author of “To Harass Our People”

“I have sat on many a promotion panel where the first question of panel members was ‘How many seizures have you made?”‘ – Joseph R. Smith, eighteen-year IRS agent, testifying before Congress

“The agency that is so strict on the way Americans keep their books cannot even pass a financial audit”. -Ted Stevens, Republican Senator from Alaska

“Eight decades of amendments… to [the] code have produced a virtually impenetrable maze… The rules are unintelligible to most citizens… The rules are equally mysterious to many government employees who are charged with administering and enforcing the law.” – Shirley Peterson, Former IRS Commissioner, April14, 1993 at Southern Methodist University

“some techniques can be used only in connection with a full-scale program due to the nature of the tax situation and the need to avoid unnecessary taxpayer reaction. An example would be income tax returns compliance efforts aimed at the non-business taxpayer.” -Internal Revenue Service Manual, section 5221 “Returns Compliance Programs”

“This [audit] was made extremely difficult because [IRS] existing Systems were not designed to provide reliable financial information… on their operations.” – Comptroller Bowsher, Government Accounting Office, on the first-ever audit of the IRS in 1993.

“The wages of the average American worker, after inflation and taxes, have decreased 17% since 1973, the only Western industrial nation to so suffer.” – Martin Gross, author of “The Tax Racket: Government Extortion From A to Z”


2 Responses to “Why Do You Pay Taxes?”

  1. 4 May 2008 at 09:56

    Indeed. Indeed.

  2. 5 May 2008 at 18:05

    I hope that everyone that reads this goes “Hmpf, something isn’t right here – I need to look into this more” instead of going “Hmpf, that is funny.” If just one person can learn the law, and apply it… I’ll be happy.

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