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Why Not Just Abolish the IRS?

• https://www.fff.org, by Jacob G. Hornberger

The idea is actually not as radical as it sounds. It certainly wouldn't have sounded radical to Americans who lived here in the United States from 1776 to 1913. For virtually that entire period of time, Americans lived without federal income taxation and an IRS.

That's right — for more than a century, Americans were free to keep everything they earned, and there was nothing the federal government could do about it. 

No deductions to keep track of. No income-tax returns to file. No withholding. No IRS to audit, terrorize, and send Americans to jail.

That's what it once meant to be an American. That's what it once meant to be free. That's the freedom that Americans celebrated every Fourth of July.

Our American ancestors understood that when people are free to keep the fruits of their earnings, they are the masters and government officials are the servants. They also understood that once any government gains the power to seize people's income, the citizens become the servants and government officials become the masters. 

Of course, our American ancestors also rejected the things that the income tax funds — principally, welfare-state programs, regulatory programs, and warfare-state programs. 

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You can't simply shut down the IRS like you would some other government agency. Why not? Because they are partly a private industry. IRS taxes are voluntary. The basic legality for the IRS tax is found in the Contract Clause in the US Constitution. The pertinent part is, "No State shall enter into any ... Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts... ." The point is, that for the IRS to have authority, somebody has to have signed a document or form that indicates a relationship with the IRS. All such signing is voluntary, even if it is done under threat or duress. For most people who are young, maybe on their first job, IRS Form W-4 is where they come under the IRS. For those going to court against the IRS, signing up with an attorney makes a person a ward of the court, and liable for whatever decisions the court makes.



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