Basic Training: Please–the IRS Isn’t THAT Stupid

Posted on October 22, 2018 in Money & Finance

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As tax time closes in, it’s no surprise that people will do whatever they can to avoid paying their taxes. And while you have a right to question certain determinations, there comes a point where you cross a line from the thoughtful to the ridiculous.

From the IRS website, here are just a few of the line-crossing arguments you should not waste one iota of your time making, because they will not fly.  Not only that, but you’ll get fined $5,000 for even trying (another good reason to have a competent accountant advising you):

  • I don’t have to file a tax return–it’s a voluntary system.
  • I don’t have to pay taxes–that’s voluntary, too.
  • I can avoid taxes by forming a corporation as a “religious leader.”
  • My First Amendment rights to freedom of expression mean I can protest by not paying taxes.
  • Wages and tips received for personal services are not taxable.

As they say, “Don’t mess with the IRS!”

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