This is an argument some use to try to get out of paying taxes, but a U.S. citizen or permanent is legally bound to pay taxes and there is absolutely no legitimate defense against it.
Greg is correct. While paying taxes is not popular or enjoyable, it is supported law. Check out this post and it may help http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-utl/friv_tax.pdf.
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The only thing to add to Evan's post is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_protester_arguments
Making a protester argument opens you up to a "world of hurt" as they say colloquially.
Informally, if you are earning enough money that you need to pay taxes, you should rejoice that you are successful and capable of pulling your own weight in the world, rather than lament that a small portion of your earnings are being benevolently applied across 'Merica to keep it great rather than going directly into your pocket.
Yeah. Pay your taxes is one way. I can tell you one thing, and that is that the federal prisons they put you in are very much American. People with these arguments tend to get yelled at by judges, and are eventually forced to pay the taxes, plus interest and penalties. The law is a lot more complex than the people you are listening to could ever imagine.
The 16th Amendment allows for the collection of Income Tax. The IRS is an arm of the US Department of Treasury. If you are going to claim that they are no more a part of the federal government than Federal Express, you would be sorely mistaken. It is absolutely part of the Executive Branch of the US Government.
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The Federal Reserve is, indeed, a private entity. I'm sure it's pointless to argue with you about whether the IRS is a legitimate branch of the U.S. government, but I can assure you that the people with the power to put you in prison believe it is. Try arguing with them.
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Like everyone here has said - this is an argument that you can win in a bar or sitting around the tv set with friends, but you will never, ever win this argument in a courtroom where the might of the federal government with all its lawyers will come down on you. But there is one sure-fire way to not have to legally pay any taxes at all and the government not only can't do anything to you for it, but they won't either. Try being poor. I know none of these answers are what you probably want to hear. But you see, lawyers deal with the way the law is written and the way judges interpret those laws. Lots of folks don't like paying taxes in lots of different countries but it is a fact of life. Government of the people, by the people and for the people can't exist if the people don't support it financially too.
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