The issue of whether the federal government has a legal right to tax the income of its citizens is the subject of congressional-style forum that opened in Washington, D.C., even though no federal agencies were represented.

“This historic event brings together decades of research that will be presented and explained by leading experts and attorneys,” said a statement from forum host We the People Foundation. “They will make a formal legal case why most Americans are not required to file a federal income tax return and why the system itself is unconstitutional.”

The Feb. 27-28 forum was initially set to be a congressionally sponsored event, hosted by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., and attended by representatives from the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service. However, as WorldNetDaily reported last month, Bartlett pulled out of the meeting, citing an advertising campaign launched by Bob Schulz, founder of We the People, that Bartlett called “misleading.”

Forum participants will present what they believe is compelling evidence proving there is “no law that requires most Americans to pay any taxes on their income or file a tax return,” that “the 16th (Income Tax) Amendment was ratified via fraud in 1913,” and that “if you do file, you have waived your Fifth Amendment [Miranda] rights,” according to a published statement.

“At the hearing, the legal research and evidence compiled by tax researchers, scholars and attorneys across the nation will be publicly put forth to the government,” the group said. “The government will be asked to officially answer very detailed inquiries about the 9,500-page tax code and the constitutional issues raised by the income tax.”

Those wishing to view the hearings live can purchase a webcast package from We the People for around $20.

The hearings began at 9:00 a.m. Eastern.

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