A top IRS official offered to meet with hunger-striker Bob Schulz and others who believe most Americans are not legally required to pay income taxes, but Schulz turned down the offer since the agency did not want audio or video recordings made of the meeting, an activist group said.

Schulz and Oklahoma businessman Roland Croteau have vowed to eat nothing and drink only water until the IRS produces a list of government officials that will meet this fall in a public forum to discuss a theory that income taxes are illegal and the 16th Amendment was fraudulently ratified.

The IRS has remained silent, refusing to comment on the hunger strike until now. IRS Director of Office of Congressional Affairs Floyd Williams called Schulz Wednesday, offering to send attorneys to meet with members of the so-called “tax-honesty movement.” In contrast to the activist’s demand for a public hearing, the agency said it would only meet in private and without video or audio recording, according to Schulz’s group, We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education. Schulz called the offer “unacceptable.”

“This is no ordinary taxpayer inquiry. These issues affect millions of Americans,” he said. “The sessions must be recorded and must (be) conducted fully in public.”

An IRS spokeswoman made a brief statement to WorldNetDaily: “The IRS is in the process of trying to make arrangements to meet with Mr. Schulz, but those arrangements have not yet been finalized.” She added that the agency has received a number of requests from congressional representatives who have asked for a meeting between government officials and Schulz. Asked how many requests were made and by whom, the spokeswoman said she had no further information.

But at least one petitioner is known – Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md. On Wednesday, We The People said Bartlett was informed by IRS officials that Schulz’s tax questions regarding the IRS’ legal jurisdiction, the ratification of the 16th Amendment and supposed Fifth Amendment protection for taxpayers should be answered by the Department of Justice, not the IRS.

The lone congressional representative at Schulz’s Washington press conference Tuesday, Bartlett asked the IRS to meet with Schulz. While the congressman sympathizes with the protester’s plight, he reportedly asked Schulz to call off the hunger strike.

The activist responded, “With all due respect, I know my rights. I will not equivocate. I will not betray my liberty – even if my rights starve me.”

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