Tax Protestor Invoke the Constitution
Tax Protestor and Tax Resistance
It’s not a secret that a lot of people in the United States don’t like paying income taxes. The aversion to taxation is natural and seems to apply to taxpayers in all countries. It’s rather surprising to see the tax resistance movement so strong in the United States, however, since the U.S. has some of the lowest income tax rates in the world. Still, there are tens of thousands of people who argue every year that either Federal law or the U.S. Constitution makes it illegal for the U.S. government to collect taxes from its citizens. As you might expect, these arguments are never successful in court, and those attempting tax resistance through the use of these arguments generally end up paying taxes and court costs or serving time in prison. Below, we’ll cover a few of the more interesting arguments put forth by tax protestors in defense of their unwillingness to pay income taxes.
Some bold taxpayers claim that they simply aren’t citizens of the United States, but are actually “sovereign citizens”, effectively constituting a nation unto themselves. They claim that they have requested nothing of the government, and therefore owe the government nothing. Courts have ruled otherwise; if you fit the description of a citizen or a legal resident, you’re required to pay taxes, period.