Have you ever had a conversation with someone who suddenly went off to left field? You get yourself introduced, make some small talk, and then – POW! They say something completely crazy.*
After my post on The Line Between Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion, let’s make sure that we don’t have one of those “something crazies” ideas with regard to taxes.
The IRS has done us the courtesy of making a handy guide to frivolous tax arguments. You too can see what muck tax deniers are throwing at the IRS as they try to evade taxes, and the penalty for throwing such muck.
For example, did you know that people try to contend that:
- Taxes are voluntary.
- They’re not a citizen of the United States.
- They need not pay taxes on constitutional grounds
- There are special trusts that can un-tax them
And so on. All of these have been refuted time after time, and the law allows the court to pursue large judgements against persons who bring frivolous arguments before the court. Find out all about it on page 73!
Not only does the IRS provide the above handy guide to frivolous tax arguments, they also provide a web page on how to recognize tax scams.
So, don’t be one of those poor fools whose fate is to ultimately serve as an example to others to pay their taxes. Don’t make frivolous tax arguments.
* No, I’m not going to give you an example. Sure as shooting, I’d give you an example and then I would get flooded with all sorts of comments telling me that the example I gave is perfectly rational and here’s why. That is, I understand, how the internet works.