IRS Tax protesters generally believe that the tax system doesn’t apply to them for various reasons. Therefore, they choose not to file, or file returns showing zero income, with the intent that they don’t need to pay taxes. We’ve heard the arguments for taking these positions and many of the arguments seem to have real merit. For sake of discussion, let’s say that those arguments are right. I liken it to being run over while crossing the street in a crosswalk--you had the right of way, but you are still dead!
Through decades of helping fix problems with the IRS, we’ve personally seen cases where the individual protesting the IRS filed these arguments all the way to court and then were surprised by a letter they received while waiting for their day in court. The letter indicated that the court had heard these arguments before and that the case had no merit. So, the case was kicked out and the person never got their day in court at after all. Instead of the satisfaction of speaking up for their beliefs, they received $50,000.00 in penalties ($25,000 each husband and wife).
Irwin Schiff, was a leader in the IRS tax protester movement. His devotees insisted that he proved the tax system is voluntary and not required. After hearing these arguments for many years, we saw him go directly to jail. Do know you what his attorneys presented as his defense? Insanity! Yes, this great proponent of the tax protester movement, when he had his day in court, decided that he must have been crazy for taking these positions! Interesting huh?!
Does anybody remember “Judge Rizzo”? He’s another one several years back that “proved” the tax system was invalid. It’s hard to argue with a tax protester combatting the IRS when he is wearing a black robe of justice touting the “facts” that the tax system does not apply to certain people. Until, that is, the judge is disbarred and goes to jail! None of this is secret; you can look their names up on the internet and find out for yourself how their situations and reputations turned out.
Now, PLEASE don’t get me wrong, I have no beef against a tax protester. As a matter of fact, when I meet a person who is fully convinced about their position as a tax protester, and they believe so strongly that the tax system is unjust, and they are WILLING to go to jail for that belief, I respect and admire them. I just can’t help them with any IRS tax problems, and I don’t want to sit in jail with them.
We HAVE helped people fix IRS tax problems who have decided that they may have made a mistake by becoming a tax protester. If you have gotten into a situation where you have changed your mind about it, we can try to help. As a matter of fact, the aforementioned couple that was fined by the courts $50,000, we were able to get the penalty waived.
Please, don’t try to convert us. If you are a tax protester and believe in your heart that you are right by protesting the IRS taxes, good luck to you, but please don’t schedule an appointment. It will be a waste of your money. You probably are not aware of this, but as professionals we can be charged a $5000.00 fine, or even lose our right to practice before the IRS for taking such positions. It’s considered frivolous to carry forward a case that has no merit (i.e. it’s been heard by the court so many times and ruled against, that the court deems it a waste of its time).
On the other hand, if any of you (tax protester or tax procrastinator) decide you want help getting back into the system, we would love to help you with your IRS problems. We have a lot of experience in this area that you may find very helpful.
We used to receive videos and letters promoting the tax protester movement. They were always sent anonymously, so we never knew who sent the info. One day a client showed up after the case was completed and admitted that he and his business partner had been sending the info. Turns out, they were both arrested at gunpoint by criminal investigators of the IRS! Our new friend and client decided he’d had enough and agreed to cooperate and file the tax returns reaching out to us for help fixing his IRS tax problems. Great guy and we still keep in touch. His partner wasn’t so lucky, as he still dug in his heels that the tax system was voluntary. Last we heard he was still in jail. Honestly, it’s just not worth it!
The reason we’re so adamant about individuals protesting the IRS is that we’ve seen the fallout from taking these positions. We’ve seen people go to jail. We’ve seen the financial chaos that happens when the IRS catches up and many years’ tax returns have to be filed and the related severe penalties. We’ve seen the large large bill not only for the taxes but also the myriad of penalties and the ever-present interest that accumulates and compounds DAILY. We’ve even seen people who feel their terminal illness is a result of the stress. We have seen numerous marriages torn apart by the financial stress of the fallout from this issue. So, while we generally don’t take a big stand on issues, in this case we highly recommend that you get the thoughts of protesting out of your head. Don’t do it. If you do, good luck. But please don’t call.
If you want help with your IRS problems, getting back in the system and catching up on all those outstanding returns, please do contact us, as we do this all the time and have the understanding of what the IRS wants and how to proceed along the delicate line of minimizing the trouble.