If I declare myself a "Sovereign Citizen" can I avoid paying taxes?

Asked about 1 year ago - Ithaca, NY

I am supposed to make $105,000 a year, however, too much of it goes to the state/federal government. I am learning that declaring myself sovereign from the US government?

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  1. Eric Edward Rothstein

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    Answered . That has been rejected by the courts. You could face civil and criminal penalties for not paying your taxes.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been doing criminal defense work for over 16 years. I was... more
  2. Anthony Michael Solis

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    Answered . I just finished a federal criminal case where scores of people were convicted and sent to prison for "protesting" the tax code and suggesting they were "sovereigns" not obliged to pay taxes. This fantasy has been throroughly repudiated.

    No legal advice is given here. My responses to questions on Avvo are never intended as legal advice and must NOT... more
  3. Celia R Reed

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    Answered . No.

    Please note that I am answering this question as a service through Avvo but not as your attorney and no attorney-... more
  4. L. Maxwell Taylor

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    Answered . Please see the links referenced in my answer to this questioner: http://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/why-do-the-co...

    The answer to your question is "no."

  5. Jayson Lutzky

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    Answered . No. Also consult with an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer and a CPA.

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  6. John P Corrigan

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    Answered . No.....you will end up incarcerated if you try that one.

    My answer is not intended to be giving legal advice and this topic can be a complex area where the advice of a... more

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