A two-day hearing to examine the legality of the federal income tax system has been rescheduled for February after being canceled in September following a pair of terrorist attacks in New York City and at the Pentagon.
According to a statement recently released by Robert Schulz, head of the We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education, the “IRS and Department of Justice will officially and publicly answer detailed legal allegations directly challenging the jurisdiction of the IRS and the unlawful enforcement and administration of U.S. income tax laws” Feb. 27-28, 2002.
The hearings were originally scheduled for Sept. 24-25, but were postponed Sept. 14. Originally, planners believed the hearings would take place this month, but apparently organizers and interested lawmakers felt the continuing terrorism threats were more pressing.
Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., has sent a letter to Schulz reaffirming both his support for the hearings and his participation in them next year.
“Now it is critical for the Congress to resume its business. An important domestic matter to address is the alleged fraudulent and illegal operations of the federal income tax system,” Bartlett said.
“Our country has labored under a federal income tax system that is inconsistent with the liberty of a free people. Quite simply, the government of a free people should not tax the labor of its citizens, and it is imperative that the federal tax system not be repugnant (contrary) to the Constitution and its laws,” Bartlett said. “Most of Congress now agrees.”
In an effort to draw attention to his cause, Schulz embarked on a hunger strike earlier this year. He ended his strike in July after Congress and the Department of Justice agreed to his demand for tax hearings.
The hearings will be held in the House’s Science and Technology Committee meeting room in the Rayburn Office Building. They will begin at 9 a.m. each morning.
Schulz said he was pleased the hearings were rescheduled and that members of his group had expressed patience in the wake of the September attacks and event cancellation. But he agreed with Bartlett that the hearings were still necessary.
“Over several decades, there has been a substantial and credible body of research compiled that directly questions the legal authority of the IRS to 1) force employers to withhold taxes from employee’s paychecks, 2) force most citizens to file a return, and 3) force payment of the income tax,” said Schulz.
“Until now, the government has refused to publicly answer its most vocal critics or respond to the specific legal evidence. The administration and enforcement of the income tax system goes on trial Feb. 27,” he added.
Bartlett, in his letter, indicated that the time to address the income tax – improperly levied by the 16th Amendment, critics say – may be now.
“As you know, over the past three years, several bills have been introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate that would abolish the federal income tax,” Bartlett wrote in his letter to Schulz.
“Two-hundred eighty-two representatives and senators supported these measures either as sponsors, cosponsors or by casting a formal vote on the floor of the Congress; that is more than half of the entire Congress,” he said. “I fully support your inquiry and pray for the day when my children and grandchildren will enjoy the full measure of liberty bequeathed to them by our founders.”
He added that a letter signed by himself and other members of Congress “has been drafted, circulated and will be sent to officials at the Department of Justice, Treasury and the IRS, informing them of the dates and times and requiring their attendance.”
“I will personally chair the event and have invited other members of Congress to attend and sit on the panel,” Bartlett wrote.
One House member, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, introduced a measure earlier this year to repeal the 16th Amendment.
Written in the form of a constitutional amendment, Paul’s bill simply says: “Three years after the ratification of this amendment, the 16th article of amendments to the Constitution of the United States shall stand repealed and thereafter Congress shall not levy taxes on personal incomes, estates, and/or gifts.”
“America existed for nearly 140 years without an income tax,” Paul concluded. “The federal government generally adhered to its strictly enumerated constitutional functions during that time, operating with modest excise revenues. When Congress introduced the 16th Amendment, it opened the door to the era of big government. This amendment would close that door.”
The measure, HJR 45, has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.