Sunday, March 29, 2009

Tax Protestor News Goes Mainstream!

Heavens, today's New York Times Magazine has a long article on tax protestors! As faithful readers know, tax protestors are one of my eccentric interests.

The NYT article mostly features Peter Hendrickson, currently under indictment for tax crimes. It also mostly employs the curious journalistic convetion of not taking sides -- it says that Hendrickson claims that most ordinary wages aren't subject to income tax, and that the IRS claims that they are, and it points out that tax protestors have no success in the courts, but it doesn't really resolve the point about who's right. The only argument that the article definitively rejects is the 861 argument, which it characterizes as an argument that "claims (erroneously) that Section 861 of the Internal Revenue Code holds that only income earned outside the country is taxable."

Thank goodness for the "erroneously." Look, I appreciate that journalists like to remain neutral, and that convention is quite useful and appropriate whenever a topic is remotely debatable, but some things just aren't. There is still a flat earth society, and I suppose you could quote a flat earth as "claiming" that the earth is flat and a real geologist as "claiming" that it's round, but what's the point? Don't journalists have some responsibility not to mislead readers into believing that something is a matter for legitimate debate and opinion when it isn't?

Well, we lawyers aren't perfect either, I suppose, but I think the article could more clearly have explained that tax protestors are a fringe group, not part of a legitimate debate.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

yOU ARE SUCH A LAWYER. If courts and government would follow their own rules most of these tax protestors would be free today. If they were given the same rights in court as someone accused of murder they would be free for sure, but as slimmy lawyer you know darn well how criminal the entire system is, but you don't dare say anything. Punk.

supra94tt said...

i agree with first poster, your ignorance is amusing, and you teach law? is it communist/socialist law that you teach? are we all to assume that we are persons made liable for income taxes without asking? income tax is just a scam and you know why? it's simple- in twenty years working as an electrician i never paid a dime to blood suckers/non producing leeches of society, why i did not pay a dime? cause thanks to my parents they never made me a slave- by not giving me a social security(never applied for), not one letter from leeches yet, you commie/socialist bastards pay your own "fair share", no wonder our "country" is going down, you dont even know basic principles our republic is supposed to work under.

Anonymous said...

ANY LAW THAT TAKES ANY PART OF MY CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC FREEDOM AWAY FROM ME, SUCH AS THE "INCOME" TAX LAWS, ARE NULL AND VOID FROM THEIR INCEPTION. YOU PARASITES THAT PREY UPON THE INNOCENT, DUMBED-DOWN MASSES SHOULD BE MADE TO GIVE BACK ALL THE WEALTH YOU'VE STOLEN FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SINCE 1913 THEN SPEND THE REST OF YOUR MISERABLE LIVES IN FEDERAL PRISON !!!