22 February 2007
The story of a Mr. Ed Brown and his wife Elaine in New Hampshire (the “Live Free or Die” state) brings to mind once again the tortuous web of the Internal Revenue Code. Mr. Brown declined to attend the last day of his tax evasion trial, choosing instead to go home and forgo the puppet show of justice that was unfolding in district court.
This writer has followed the Truth in Taxation movement for some time, and has attended and read transcripts of . . . → Read More: On Becoming a Right Wing Whacko
11 April 2006
It’s probably because I’m living in a foreign land, but I’ve noticed fewer scary stories than usual this year about the dangers surrounding income taxes. The Service is still plenty scary. It still issues lots of carefully worded, thinly veiled threats.
And there’s still nothing like that little thrill of fear you get when you hear: “Hello, Mr. Taxpayer, I’m calling from the IRS.” We may have a system of “voluntary compliance” but fear of prison and financial ruin plays a major part in finding volunteers.
Living . . . → Read More: Beginning of the End for Tax Terrorism
22 March 2006
One copy of Costa Rica's new tax law.
As a newcomer I’m having some trouble distinguishing between the political parties here in Costa Rica. Although there are many more of them than there are in the States, there are just two that matter. Just like in the States the difference between the two is obvious only to party members. To an outsider, like this writer, there is practically no difference. The primary mission of both parties is to take wealth from the productive economy . . . → Read More: A Modest Proposal for New Tax Laws
18 January 2006
Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive! — Sir Walter Scott
No one would claim that the language of the law is simple. Never the less, the language of most tax laws is pretty clear about what is being taxed and who pays.
Nobody goes to jail because of a faulty interpretation of gasoline tax laws. No one is doing time for misreading the tobacco and liquor tax laws. There is no cottage industry of authors with theories about the tax on air fares.
The history of the . . . → Read More: A Tangled Web