Tax season has come and gone, people have gotten back their income checks and some have paid out as they were directed to, under the guise that they would go to jail if they didn’t. But I have a question that you have probably never even thought of before, do I really have to pay taxes?
What if I told you that the tax system was completely voluntary? Hidden amongst the reams of reports about the IRS is one little gem: the outgoing IRS Commissioner Steve Miller said that America’s tax system is “voluntary” in a testimony.
Now, it is important to remember not to take the word voluntary to mean what it actually means as coming from the IRS. While you might think that voluntary means something which is “done without compulsion or obligation” or “done, made, brought about, undertaken, etc., of one’s own accord or by free choice,” when it comes to America’s “voluntary” tax system, it is quite the opposite.
When it comes to the United States Government, if you choose not to participate in the tax system, you will enjoy being raided by armed agents, prosecuted and sent to federal prison. Quite the voluntary system indeed.
In the video, when questioned at the House Ways and Means Committee hearing last week, Miller told House Representative Devin Nunes that, “America’s tax system is ‘voluntary’”, Miller said, “Agreed.”
House Representative Xavier Becerra commented that the ruse of the IRS is kept as a public confidence in the system scheme to keep Americans paying money to the IRS.
The Federal Income Tax is about control, not getting money for essential governmental operations. It is a class war. It is about keeping the working class poor and under the heel of the rich.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the same thing in an interview with Jan Helfeld in 2008. In the interview embedded below, Helfeld asked, “If the government is in the business of forcefully taking money from some people in order to provide welfare benefits to others, how will the people whose money is being taken feel about the government?”
“Well, I don’t accept your phraseology. I don’t think we force people,” Reid answered.
“Taxation is not forceful?” Helfeld asked.
“Well, no…” Reid said. “It’s voluntary?” Helfeld asked.
“Quite the contrary. Our system of government is a voluntary tax system,” Reid said.
“If you don’t want to pay your taxes, you don’t have to?” Helfeld asked, to which Reid said, “Of course you have to pay your taxes.”
What do you think of this voluntary tax system?