There Is No Law Requiring Citizens to File Income Tax with the IRS

It's easeir to fool people than to convince them they've been fooled

How incredibly interesting. So people have been jailed and raided and ultimately killed for saying that there is no law that says you have to file income tax with the IRS. Yet, actually, there is no such law…

So there is no law requiring that anyone file or pay income tax?

I love the part where he says that 100% of the revenue derived from income tax goes straight to the interest on the federal debt. I’m sure that all of this information is contested by others. it’s not as though we will ever come to a consensus view on any facts about anything in government anytime in the near future. Apparently, however, according to the video there are also many former IRS agents and other people who have done a great deal of research and have not been able to find a law stating that people have to pay income tax.

Here is a link to someone who says that there is clearly a law that requires people to pay income tax and it’s a ridiculous notion that there is no such law:

The federal tax laws are contained in the Internal Revenue Code, which was passed by the United States Congress. The Internal Revenue Code is also known as Title 26 of the United States Code, which is the compilation of all the laws passed by Congress.

The Internal Revenue Code is the law that requires people to pay taxes.

The most important statutory provision with regard to income taxes is the very first: section one of the tax code, 26 U.S.C. § 1. Section one imposes the income tax. If you are unmarried, the relevant provision is § 1(c), which states:

26 U.S.C. § 1
There is hereby imposed on the taxable income of every individual . . . who is not a married individual a tax determined in accordance with the following table:

followed by a table specifying the tax rates on various income amounts. If you are married, you are covered by the similar provision at § 1(a).

§ 61 and § 63

Section 1 imposes the tax on your “taxable income.” How do you know what that is? Section 63 of the Code defines “taxable income” to mean “gross income minus the deductions allowed” by chapter 1 of the Code. So now we need to know what “gross income” is. Section 61 of the Code provides the critical definition:

26 U.S.C. § 61

[G]ross income means all income from whatever source derived, including (but not limited to) the following items:
(1) Compensation for services, including fees, commissions, fringe benefits, and similar items;
(2) Gross income derived from business;
(3) Gains derived from dealings in property;
(4) Interest;
(5) Rents;
(6) Royalties;
(7) Dividends;
. . .

There are 15 items in the full list (only the first seven are quoted here), but the key part of the definition is that gross income means “all income from whatever source derived.”

So the jury is still out (probably trying to scrounge together enough money to pay their taxes). We will never know how lawful or legal it is to pay income anytime soon, so we should probably just keep paying. After all, we don’t want to end up in jail for 3 years for not paying income tax like Wesley Snipes recently.


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