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Tax reform still on group's agenda
Posted By Jon Dougherty On 03/17/2002 @ 1:00 am In Front Page | Comments Disabled
The head of a noted tax-education organization says he plans to move ahead with an agenda to force the federal government to come clean about the income tax following a congressional-like forum in Washington, D.C., last month.
Bob Schulz, director of We the People Foundation, said the group’s Feb. 27-28 forum was successful in that it “brought to public attention the facts about how the three branches of the federal government have intentionally and systematically conspired to deprive the American people of our constitutional rights.”
Schulz, who says the way the income tax is both levied and enforced has “reduced our citizens to indentured servants of a corrupt federal government bureaucracy,” told WorldNetDaily in an interview that his group is hard at work planning its next step in the war against taxation.
The activist said his group will hold a press conference April 8 at the National Press Club in Washington, which will be simulcast on the Internet, to essentially deliver an ultimatum to the government: Eliminate the federal income tax or force key government agencies to explain why it has the authority to tax wage earners.
In the meantime, beginning Monday, Schulz said he would seek volunteers to deliver prepared press releases to their local print and broadcast media, asking them to watch the April 8 press conference.
“It will be regarding a significant development having to do with the future of the federal income tax,” he said.
Also, supporters will send prepared “letters to the editor” to local papers alerting readers of the upcoming event, as well as deliver information flyers to talk-radio programs and other broadcast media.
“We’re going to try to get the word out to get as many people watching it live as we can,” he said. “We’re going to announce what actions we’ll take on April 14 and 15 in Washington regarding the future of the income tax.”
Schulz said his group will ask for “at least one person from each congressional district” to be in D.C. April 14. “There will be no march or demonstration or dumping 1040s (tax returns) in the trash. In fact, we hope everyone will be well-dressed and well-behaved.”
The next day – tax day – Schulz said the volunteers will be visiting the offices of their representatives and both U.S. senators to hand them packages containing CDs, videotapes and a full transcript of the tax forum hosted by Schulz’s group last month.
The package will also include “the 460 questions answered under oath” during the forum, “as well as the 78 questions which were not answered due to the shortage of time.”
Schulz said the packages would also contain a “strongly worded statement of grievances” containing thousands of signatures “calling on Congress and the president to tell the IRS and the Department of Justice by June 1 to stop enforcing the Internal Revenue Code … ; to stop forcing employers to withhold a tax from the paychecks of their employees; and to stop forcing most Americans to file a tax return or to pay the income tax.”
“Or,” he continued, “schedule by June 1 a date of a formal congressional hearing to require IRS and DOJ to respond to the evidence contained in the record from our hearing.”
At the same time, Schulz said he and a few others “hope to be meeting at the White House with one of President Bush’s appropriate representatives,” to give them a package as well.
He said each package would also contain a letter from each volunteer stating that “the lawmaker’s constituent is waiting to file his or her tax return until Congress complies with the demands set forth in the petition.”
He said constituents would file forms for “automatic extensions,” to be followed by other filings for more extensions if need be.
And if the government doesn’t respond to the challenge?
Schulz was cryptic: “We’ll have to see what’s next then.”
The We the People chairman said the two-day forum established a “record of truth and fact” and was “compelling.”
“We think the people now are justified in demanding that Congress fix the problems” created by the income tax, he said.
For its part, the IRS has addressed most of the points raised by the host of witnesses that testified during the hearings in a document entitled, “The Truth About Frivolous Tax Arguments.” Editor’s note: You must have an Adobe reader to open this .pdf file.
“Any taxpayer who has received more than a statutorily determined amount of gross income is required to file a tax return,” says the document.
It also says the belief that income taxes are “voluntary” is usually misrepresented. IRS says the term “voluntary” applies to “our system of allowing taxpayers to determine the correct amount of tax and complete the appropriate returns, rather than have the government determine the tax for them.”
“The requirement to file an income tax return is not voluntary,” the IRS document says.
Also, it debunked the argument that the 16th Amendment was not properly ratified. “The 16th Amendment was ratified by 40 states, including Ohio, and was issued by proclamation in 1913. Shortly thereafter, two more states ratified the amendment,” the document states.
None of that sways Schulz.
“What we’re doing now is the appropriate next step,” he told WorldNetDaily.
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