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Current Events and Continuing Education for December 21, 2014 through January 3, 2015

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

-James Madison


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Features in this edition:

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How about you? Awake, or asleep?

The Top Ten Things The State Badly Wants You To Believe


A new resource:

Legal Notes


This week's recommended reading:

Why Did They Torture?


It's time for Scalia to retire; Is an unread law really law? Regarding the policy shift on Cuba; more...

This and That


There's no rocket-science involved here...

Some Observations Regarding Educated And Accurate Filing


The most important question facing Americans today:

What Do The People Do About The Rogue State?


Guess what? There are only two possibilities:

You Either Stand Up For The Truth, Or You've Surrendered To The Lie


Spotlights on the past that help bring clarity to the present:

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week


Got something to say?

Your Comments



My interview by Lana Lotkeff for Radio 3Fourteen can be found here.


The Fourteenth Edition of CtC is Now Available!

Get The Short, Easy Intro To The Liberating Truth About The Tax


Click here for the current Mid-Edition Update posts

Featured In This Update:

It's Quiz Time Again!


David LaRocque's Press Release


Keeping Things In Focus


Make Someone You Love Sweat Bullets This Year


What Makes YOU A Warrior For The Truth?


Project Paradigm-Shift


Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!


A "Pragmatic" Perspective On The Tax And The Rule Of Law


Your Comments


"There are two distinct classes of men...those who pay taxes and those who receive and live upon taxes."

- Thomas Paine


C'mon! CtC can't be right! You're crazy!

If CtC were actually right,

it would mean the government's been concealing and denying the truth for years on end,

and everybody knows THAT would never happen...

(Edward Snowden, come home! It was all just a bad dream; there really is No Such Agency!)



Do you know someone truly steeped in the Kool-Aid?


 I mean someone who finds it easier to believe that the far-better-educated, far-more-suspicious-of-government Americans of a hundred years ago were complete morons who granted authority to the state to take whatever it wished from themselves and their posterity than to imagine that they themselves simply misunderstand the true nature of the income tax? Even while knowing that their beliefs about the tax are derived entirely from the representations of those who profit from those beliefs (like tax bureaucrats and "tax professionals")?


Do you know someone like that? Shake them awake with the latest (fourteenth) edition of CtC!


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You can't understand the present if you don't understand the past...

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

December 21- In 1620, William Bradford and the other Mayflower Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock.  In 1913, the first crossword puzzle is published in the New York World.  In 1937, the first full-length animated film-- Walt Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'-- premiers.  In 1954, my darling Doreen was born.  In 1967, the first heart transplant recipient dies 18 days after the operation.  In 1968, Apollo 8, the first manned expedition to the Moon, launches from Kennedy Space Center.  In 1988, a bomb explodes on Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Anniversaries of interest for each day of this week will be found throughout the newsletter below.


"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

-Samuel Adams


The Top Ten Things The State Badly Wants You To Believe

It's a test: Are you awake, or asleep?

A BIG YEAR OF REVELATIONS AND SPIN IS DRAWING TO A CLOSE. The revelations have concerned crimes committed by the eight-million-pound tick laboring endlessly to become an omnipresent exploitive supervisor of every American's every waking moment. The spin has been the pushback of its beneficiary-defenders, who struggle to patch holes in the mythologies on which the beast's ambitions rely.

 This dynamic plays-out because a State with no legitimate basis for authority it wishes to exercise must control perceptions in order to succeed. The State currently fastened on the American people is no exception-- the only way in which it is exceptional is in the slickness and depth of its deceptions.

Happily, simply being mindful of the illusions and mythologies to which it is hoped a people will fall prey is a sufficient defense against even the best of them. Accordingly, here is my selection of the top ten myths relied upon by the State in its effort to burrow ever-more-deeply into your flesh and that of your children:

10. "WE DIDN'T TORTURE ANYBODY in a massive, sustained and contemptuous violation of US law, our treaty obligations and the basic principles of human decency."

9. "INFLATION IS A RESULT OF GREEDY BUSINESS-OWNERS who, incomprehensibly imagining it to be in their self-interest, decide to sacrifice market-share by raising prices above their competitors and thereby encourage across-the-board price increases."

8. "WE DON'T SPY ON MILLIONS OF AMERICANS in a massive, sustained and contemptuous violation of the Fourth Amendment."

7. "THE CONSTITUTION IS A "LIVING LAW", meant by the Framers to be clay in the hands of anyone who gains office, and those of judges left in power for decades after their appointers may well have been swept from office in a mass rejection of their policies and perspectives."

6. "THE INCOME TAX IS A HYBRID TAX, falling as a capitation on "all that comes in" without limiting distinctions, while being spared, like an excise, from the political accountability and other hindrances of apportionment."

5. "EXECUTIVE ORDERS ARE THE EQUIVALENT OF LEGISLATION, and have general force and effect on everyone, rather than just on those persons engaged in executive branch duties."


3. "PEARL HARBOR WAS A BIG SURPRISE and we didn't goad the Japanese into the attack and then allow it to happen, coldly writing off the predictable 2,403 American fatalities in order to swing public opinion into support for our foreign policy agenda."

2. WE DIDN'T FOMENT A COUP IN UKRAINE, and Russia aggressively seized the Crimean peninsula against the will of its inhabitants and is trying to do the same in the rest of eastern Ukraine."

And the Number One Thing the State Wants You to Believe (drum roll, please):

1. "DOREEN HENDRICKSON IS JUST A TAX PROTESTOR and there's nothing newsworthy to be discovered by ignoring what we and our co-opted judges say about her case and looking into it for yourself."

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Did you miss the 'Set Your Church Free' commentaries?

Set Your Church Free

Ignorance of the true nature of the "income" tax has gagged, gutted and seduced-into-disgrace America's ministerial community. This must change.



Copy and post this one around, people!

Are You Having Trouble Spreading The Word?

SKEPTICISM (SOMETIMES INVOKED BY FEAR) IS TO BE EXPECTED when you're trying to explain to someone that everything they've been encouraged their whole lives to believe about something as entrenched and significant as the income tax is basically nonsense. So here's a way to help cut through the resistance:

Ask your listener how he or she would react if you were to show an announcement from the Commissioner of Internal Revenue admitting that the tax doesn't apply to the earnings of most Americans and is misapplied most of the time because people don't understand how it works? Or how about if you showed a ruling from the Supreme Court saying the same?

Now you just have to explain that you're going to show exactly those things-- but because the state really doesn't want people to know this, these things haven't been said quite as forthrightly as we would all wish. It's going to take a bit more work to take these admissions in than is sufficient for just reading a press release. But it'll be worth the effort...


The Honor Roll 

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If you're working on one, and just getting stonewalled or speed-bumped, you can still be recognized! Go here to learn what to do.


A New Book On The Truth About The Tax

TOM BOTTARO, ChFC, HAS JUST PUBLISHED 'SECRETS of the Income Tax Code- What the IRS doesn't want you to know!' Tom's book is a nice, accessible drill-down on several key aspects of the tax. Find it here.

Find many other printables and sharables suited to every different occasion and purpose here.




The Liberating Truth About The 16th Amendment

IF YOU'RE NOT SPREADING THIS LINK with every bit of energy you can, to school libraries, homeschool families and community groups, your neighbors, your family members, your pastors and co-congregationalists, journalists, lawyers, CPAs, members of congress, tax-agency workers, Wikipedia, Anonymous, WikiLeaks, the Tax Foundation, everyone in the "tax honesty" movement, the 9/11 truth movement, other activist movements and everyone else, you have only yourself to blame for your troubles with the tax, and a whole lot else of which you might complain. It's on you.

WRITE A NICE, FRIENDLY AND BRIEF introductory note explaining what will be seen at the link-- cryptic is bad; excited is good-- and then send this WMI (weapon of mass instruction) far and wide.

"I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."

-Thomas Jefferson


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A teacher asked her 6th grade class how many of them were fans of Big Government.
 Not really knowing what a Big Government fan is, but wanting to be liked by the
 teacher, all the kids raised their hands except for Little TJ.
 The teacher asked Little TJ why he has decided to be different...again.
 Little TJ said, "Because I'm not a fan of Big Government."
 The teacher asked, "Why aren't you a fan of Big Government?"
 Little TJ said, "Because I'm a libertarian."
 The teacher asked him why he's a libertarian.  Little TJ answered, "Well, my Dad's a libertarian and my Mom's a libertarian, so I'm a libertarian."
 Annoyed by this answer, the teacher asked, "If your dad were a moron and your mom were an idiot, what would that make you?"
 With a big smile, Little TJ replied, "That would make me a fan of Big Government."


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

December 22- In 1864, Savannah, Georgia is taken by William Tecumseh Sherman, the last conquest in his and Abraham Lincoln's barbaric "March to the Sea".  In 1937, the Lincoln Tunnel in New York City opens to traffic.  In 1942, Adolph Hitler orders the military development of the V-2 rocket.  In 1965, rural roads in the United Kingdom get speed limits for the first time (70 mph).


Real Americans don't accommodate fog, lies and a sliding scale of adherence to the rule of law. Real American men and women stand up for the truth and the law, come what may, knowing that it is only by setting the bar at the top and enforcing it, come what may, that liberties are secured.


"Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated."

-Thomas Paine




ONLY ONE THING WILL WIN YOU YOUR LIBERTY: Spreading the truth. Accordingly, I've assembled outreach resources into a new, dedicated page. Find it here, and please, USE THESE TOOLS!! I can't do this all by myself. 

This Week's Outreach Bon Mot:

Collecting an excise is no more an "exercise of sovereignty"-- which is to say, no more special, and no more entitled to special advantages under the law-- than is charging parade-watchers for the use of your restaurant's bathroom.

"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

-George Orwell

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Legal Notes

An eclectic collection of observations, commentary and resources

I'M LAUNCHING A NEW PAGE: "LEGAL NOTES", which I think will be of interest to most everyone. There are two entries to begin with-- Why The Filer Is The "Petitioner" In Tax Court and The Measure Of "Reasonable" And "Credible". It is my hope that what appears on this page now and going forward will serve to stimulate, illuminate and help folks in any contests in which they might find themselves, and I encourage everyone to check the page often.

A permanent link will be found on the 'Site Map' page, today you can access the page here.

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A Graphical Contest

A picture is worth a thousand words...

I'VE GOT A CHALLENGE FOR ALL THE GRAPHIC ARTISTS OUT THERE! Due to the success of the "ignorance tax" scam, a simple dynamic is in place in America: Wealth is extracted from the millions taken in by the scam and moved into the US Treasury. From there it is doled out under one federal program or another to clients and cronies of the state-- the military-industrial complex; industries capitalizing on the massive welfare state apparatus; big agribusiness; the banksters; big education/indoctrination; prison industries; etc.

These beneficiaries of the tax scam then send back a dribble of the pelf to support and retain in office the political hacks who support and maintain the programs under which all that money goes into motion (which is still a very big dribble, since the pelf is doled out in torrential volumes, and a tiny fraction of that torrent is still a lot of money).

WHAT I'M ASKING YOU ARTISTS AND POWER-POINTERS AND VIDEOGRAPHERS FOR is your best effort at a graphical representation of this pathology, and then of the effect of cutting off the funding at the source-- that is, the effect of widespread understanding of the truth about the tax-- the later part of which would be best represented in stages for maximum illustrative value.

This could be a series of four or five .jpg images (one illustrating the dynamic as it now is, and then several showing the effect of cutting off say, 10% of the funding coming out of the peoples' pockets, then 30%, then 60%, then ending at the 20% or so that actually will be left when everyone once again accurately understands the tax). Or, it could be a video animation; or a Power-Point.

Give it your best shot, folks! Don't be shy.

I know that there are some very talented folks out there, and your effort on this project will be most appreciated and very useful to the cause. Send your submissions to me as soon as you put them together. I'm not putting a "due date" on this contest, but the sooner submissions come in, the sooner I'll be able to put them to work helping open minds and hearts to the truth, and why it's so important.

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Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!

CtC Warrior SanDiegoScott has put together a great little 20-question quiz to test your knowledge of the law regarding the United States "income" tax.  Test yourself, test your friends and family!  Test your accountant and tax attorney, and help them learn the liberating truth!!


Click here to take the test


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“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

-James Madison


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Why Did They Torture?

by Justin Raimondo

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on how the US government tortured detainees at Guantanamo and at secret "black sites" all over the world has focused on how they did it: rectal feeding, hanging detainees by their arms, "stress positions," beatings, etc. The prurience of this focus is fairly obvious, and typical of decadent societies in general – which is not to say that the details of "how" are irrelevant. They underscore the moral bankruptcy of the regime that permitted these practices. Yet this preoccupation with the sordid details tends to overlook the "why" of it – the key to understanding what the neocons in control of the national security apparatus during the Bush years were really after.

They say they were after al-Qaeda’s alleged plans to carry out further strikes on the US homeland and American facilities abroad, but there is evidence in the report that their purpose was much more specific. Major Charles Burney, a psychiatrist who served at the Guantanamo Bay facility, told the committee that "a large part of the time we were focused on trying to establish a link between al-Qaeda and Iraq." That Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon posed a seemingly insoluble problem for the interrogators: however, the failure to produce results did not impress higher-ups in Washington. The torturers were told to get rougher: As Burney testified: "There was more and more pressure to resort to measures that might produce more immediate results."

The administration had already decided, early on, to attack Iraq: all that was needed was "proof" of Saddam Hussein’s connection to the 9/11 attacks – and they didn’t care how they got it. In a 2009 interview with the McClatchy news agency, a former highly-placed former US intelligence officer said:

"[F]or most of 2002 and into 2003, Cheney and Rumsfeld were also demanding proof of the links between al-Qaeda and Iraq. … There was constant pressure on the intelligence agencies and the interrogators to do whatever it took to get that information out of the detainees, and when people kept coming up empty, they were told by Cheney’s and Rumsfeld’s people to push harder."


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Now consider:

Aren't you REALLY, REALLY glad YOU'VE had the fortitude and clarity of vision to do the only thing that will actually make a difference by taking control of how much of YOUR WEALTH facilitates Washington's misbehavior?!


Now ask yourself this: Have I really done all that I can to urge everyone I know to also stand up and act in the only way that will really bring about change in my lifetime? 


Even as ardent a statist as Abraham Lincoln, in announcing his willingness to burn the Southern states to the ground in order to keep them paying the tariff for the benefit of Northern interests in his first inaugural address on March 4, 1861, paid at least lip service to the Founders design of leaving control over the fuel available to feed the fires Washington wants to light in the hands of the individual citizenry when he said, "Doing this I deem to be only a simple duty on my part; and I shall perform it, unless my rightful masters, the American people, shall withhold the requisite means..."

Held over great reading recommendations:

Disinformation-How it works

by Brandon Smith


'The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude'

by Étienne de la Boétie


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

December 23- In 1913, Woodrow Wilson signs the Federal Reserve Act.  In 1947, Bell Lab scientists demonstrate the transistor.  In 1979, Soviet forces occupy Kabul, Afghanistan.  In 1986, Dick Routan and Jeana Yeager's 'Voyager' becomes the first aircraft to circumnavigate the globe non-stop.


Are You Ready For More Power?



"Peter Hendrickson has done it again!  'Upholding The Law' does for individual liberties what 'Cracking the Code' did for tax law compliance: exposes the reader to the unalienable truth!"

-Jesse Herron, Bill Of Rights Press, Fort Collins, Colorado

Click here for more information

And don't miss:

'Was Grandpa Really a Moron?'

picks up where 'Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About The Income Tax' leaves off.


In this new volume, you'll learn about:


  • The in-depth, real story behind the Sixteenth Amendment;

  • A simple little model of just how the "income" tax works;

  • Cognitive stumbling blocks exploited by tax agencies against liberation-seeking Americans;

  • The disturbing relationship between the "income" tax and the Federal Reserve;

  • Why tax reform ideas like the "Fair Tax" are not only unnecessary, but completely counter-productive and even dangerous;

  • Why the "income" tax is what it is, and has to be;

  • The truth about common myths and misunderstandings within the "tax honesty" movement;

  • How to think clearly about the tax, the law in general, and the voracious state;


  • A sordid little passport application scam revealed;

  • How to know if you're in denial about the current crisis in America;

  • Whether the Constitution is going to save you, or is it the other way around?

  • The truth about paper "money; government schools; the Second Amendment...

...and much, much more!

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This And That

It's time for Scalia to retire; Is an unread law really law? Regarding the policy shift on Cuba; more...

LAST WEEK SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA, a man whose sharp wit and previously sharp wits were once a source of comfort to me, proved that age has done its tragic work. In an interview with a Swiss radio network, Scalia declared his view that torture is not prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.

But torture of the sort under discussion-- that is, what has been heinously committed by United States operatives since 2001 and recently revealed in much of its grisly and stomach-turning detail in the recently-released Senate committee report summary-- is for the purpose of compelling speech from its victims (and speech expected to implicate the victims in what the torturers would view as crimes). As such it is in violation of both the First and Fifth Amendments, your honor... 'Nuff said.

WELL, MAYBE NOT QUITE 'NUFF... I have to respond to the responses of some appalled writers contemplating the revelations of the Senate torture report. These pundits, suddenly slapped awake to an ugly reality many had been sleeping through until now, have retorted bitterly to Barack Obama's lame, "This is not who we are" with, "On the contrary, based on the evidence, this is EXACTLY who we are!"

But I must demur. This is NOT who WE are. It is who THEY are-- the state which goes by the name of The United States (and its operators, their cronies, and their professional and deluded apologists)-- as very much distinct from the American people.

Let us be appalled at the depravity, and let us let no rhetorical drek go unanswered. But let's also not let ourselves be implicitly brought into communion with the evil-doers who, by saying "This is not who we are", are really trying to say, "We all did this". We DIDN'T all do this. YOU DID THIS, you sick SOBs.


IT SEEMS TO ME THAT A STRONG ARGUMENT CAN BE MADE that a piece of legislation that was not read by the legislature cannot be considered valid law. After all, while the legislators may have imagined themselves to have an idea of what they were voting to enact, whatever is actually and explicitly in the legislation was not known to them, and therefore, axiomatically, was neither intended nor approved by them.

It is a canon of statutory construction-- and one relied upon and resorted to by the courts-- that every single word, and even every single punctuation mark in a law is to be deemed deliberately included and accorded meaning and effect in its enforcement. Having "an idea" of what you are voting on or what is intended by the law you are approving does not rise anywhere close to legitimizing the enforcement of even just the broad purposes that might be discerned in, or ascribed to, any given enactment, much less every jot and tittle of that law as actually written. This is so even for a one-page bill, and all the more so for a long and complex measure.

Should laws known to have gone unread before passage be upheld by courts and juries, or even spoken about by media and the people generally, as actual laws? It seems to me that to do these things is to participate in the subversion of our legitimate system of government, and to encourage more of the same, where a true American's responsibilities are rather the opposite.

 What do you think?



The embargo was a counter-productive and illiberal policy of which the American people had long ago wearied. Frankly, if ensuring that the Cuban people were able to properly exercise their divinely-granted right to self-determination really was the United States' goal, there was a much better way to go about it than sentencing them to decades of grinding poverty, while also interfering with the right of Americans to travel and trade where they wish.

In any event, as happy an occasion as this is, it is unfortunately necessary to consider that it was not done because the Obama Administration suddenly saw a light that had eluded it for the past six years (and which we will note somehow sheds no illumination on its policies of sanctions and embargos mounted against other targets). Instead, a rational, open-eyed cynicism must consider that this "epiphany" is in reality merely a callous ploy meant to drive news and dialogues the United States by which the United States feels threatened off people's screens.

If I'm right, it's a real shame. It suggests that if we want to see the United States do the right thing, we have to catch it out doing something wrong, like spying on everyone in systematic felonious violation of the Fourth Amendment or torturing people in systematic violation of the First and Fifth Amendments, so as to effectively incentivize the virtuous distraction.

At least there's no shortage of "wrong" to uncover...


SAY, HAVE YOU EVER GIVEN ANY THOUGHT to what will happen when 30 million other Americans-- or even just 3 million-- learn what you know about the "income" tax and begin following your example of acting to protect your own interests and uphold the law?

The political class thinks about it-- a lot.

You should, too, and add vigorous outreach to your activism.

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Are You Ready For "Obamacare"? Not Unless You've Read This...


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Some Observations Regarding Educated And Accurate Filing

AS WE RAPIDLY APPROACH ANOTHER ANNUAL TEST of the character and commitment to the rule of law of payers and payees across America, I thought it a good time to offer a collection of filing pointers that some might find of interest.

 These points are based on my own reading of the relevant laws and rules, my own experience, and my own observations. They may or may not have relevance to any particular person's situation, and of course everyone should make their own studies and come to their own conclusions. They are presented in no particular order, and I suggest everyone read through them all.

1. If "information returns" by a payer make what are believed to be erroneous allegations of the payment of "wages", "non-employee-compensation" or other revenue purportedly in connection with the conduct of an "income-taxable" activity, a filing intended to be true, complete and correct would seek to rebut the erroneous allegations and provide what the filer believes to be the correct amounts. This might be done by, for instance:

A. Attaching sworn statements specifically rebutting the errors on those forms with correct entries to one's 1040. Examples are Forms 4852 (to rebut and replace errant W-2s or 1099-Rs), or photocopies of errant original 1099-MISCs (or any other type of 1099 other than the 1099-R) with correct information replacing incorrect entries, and a sworn statement added declaring the instrument to be a rebuttal of an erroneous 1099-(xx) known to have been submitted by the listed payer.


B. Using the rebuttal instruments as replacements for the erroneous "information returns" and the correct information from the rebutting instruments to complete one's 1040. For instance, if one has received erroneous W-2s and has created a rebutting 4852, where a 1040 asks for "wages received" and says to attach a W-2, one would declare the "wage" entry from line 7(a) of the 4852, and attach that form instead of the erroneous W-2.

Instruments rebutting erroneous 1099s (other than 1099-Rs) are attached to the return by themselves-- that is, not with some kind of schedule-- unless one really IS operating some kind of tax-relevant business or other activity, and one is acknowledging having had SOME "trade or business" "income", but just a different amount than what was reported on the erroneous 1099.

 • If one engaged in no tax-relevant activities during the year there are likely no schedules that are appropriate for one's filing (unless, I suppose, one has something being carried over from a previous year in which something taxable WAS done...).

• If erroneous forms were included with a filing in which those erroneous forms are rebutted it would cause a contradiction in entries and make the return invalid and "frivolous", since everything included with a return is presumed to be attested to as correct by the filer.

• Failing to combine all amounts withheld as or for any kind of federal tax as a single figure on the line designated for "Federal income tax withheld", and/or failing to include and claim back any withheld amount while claiming back other amounts, is to create an apparent contradiction.

For instance, to report $0 "wages" and claim back amounts listed as withheld on a W-2 or 4852 as nominal "federal income tax" but to not also claim back amounts withheld as "Social Security tax" and "Medicare tax" would be to declare oneself to have not received "wages" as defined in 26 USC 3401(a) but to HAVE received 'wages" as defined in 3121(a). Since both designations of "wages" refer to the same receipts and activities which produce them (with the latter being merely a surtax on a portion of the former) the declarations are contradictory of each other.

The same contradiction would arise if one listed anything as "Excess social security and tier 1 RRTA tax withheld", while denying having received 3121(a) "wages". One can only have "excess SS tax withheld" if one has had "SS tax" properly withheld up to the amount at which anything further becomes "excess".

2. A return is NOT an appropriate document for making legal arguments of any kind. To include a cover letter explaining what is seen in the return (such as that erroneous "information returns" have been rebutted with instruments completed and attached for that purpose) does no harm, but this is neither the time nor the place to be making assertions about whether one is or isn't an "employee", arguments about the nature of the tax, and so forth. A return is just a statement of the amounts one knows and believes to be true, complete and correct in regard to each item inquired-about on the 1040, properly-understood as to its statutory meaning. It's neither a soap-box nor a legal brief; further, some kinds of arguments can actually invite a "frivolous" assertion.

3. Amounts improperly or erroneously collected, withheld, paid-in, what-have-you can only be claimed for refund looking back three years. On the other hand, rebuttals/corrections of erroneous assertions for their own sake, or as a response to collections efforts based on erroneous information returns, have no look-back limit. Learn more about both issues here.

4. Returns varying from (or attempting to supplement) the principles and points listed here, and/or reflecting notions not presented in CtC or on this site (exclusive of forum pages)-- such as adding "UCC" references to jurats, or otherwise marking-up or adding-to a return-- invite problems. I believe such variations are sometimes seen as reflecting an uncertainty (and therefore an insincerity) about one's filing, which can create a pretext for treating a return as "frivolous" and invalid. They also make one appear to be a soft target for harassment, ill-equipped to stand one's ground and deal competently with pushback, which is therefore more likely to be attempted.

5. Most all of the above has long been posted amongst much other useful material on the FAQ pages. Make a point of staying up to date with those pages, and everything linked from the Site Map!!

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

December 24- In 1851, a fire destroys about two-thirds of the collection of the Library of Congress.  In 1906, the first radio broadcast is made.  In 1943, Dwight Eisenhower is named Supreme Allied Commander in World War II.  In 1968, the crew of the USS Pueblo is released by North Korea after being held 11 months on suspicion of being spies.




What Do The People Do About The Rogue State??

The most important question facing Americans today

THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE: The People impose restraint on the rogue state by choosing-- one by one-- to cease voluntarily turning control over their resources to the state, and choosing instead to retain control over those resources. This is done by refusing-- one by one-- to engage in "income tax" excisable activities (and refusing to blindly or fearfully allow their activities to be treated or taken as excisable activities upon which the tax arises, when they really are not).

The refusal of individual Americans to voluntarily engage in excisable activities forces the state to resort to highly-politically-accountable, highly-politically-vulnerable alternatives revenue sources. These include options like direct, apportioned taxes (which will not be tolerated by the people or approved by Congress at $multi-trillion annual volumes), and/or increased revenue tariffs (which can raise amounts adequate for legitimate state needs, but are very self-regulating, since consumers naturally choose domestic product alternatives when higher tariffs raise the prices of imports beyond a certain point).

This solution is precisely the one intended and provided for by the Founders-- who didn't impose the taxation rules in the US Constitution just so they could admire their handwriting. They put those rules in place in direct anticipation of state behavior of the sort with which we are now plagued.

 As even so odious a character as Hamilton pointed out in Federalist #21:

“Imposts, excises, and, in general, all duties upon articles of consumption, may be compared to a fluid, which will, in time, find its level with the means of paying them. The amount to be contributed by each citizen will in a degree be at his own option, and can be regulated by an attention to his resources. ...If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they are confined within proper and moderate bounds. This forms a complete barrier against any material oppression of the citizens by taxes of this class, and is itself a natural limitation of the power of imposing them.”

What we've got today is simply the direct (and perfectly predictable) consequences of NOT adhering to the Founders' plan. As Frederick Douglass trenchantly observed,

“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them."

We've got plenty of injustice and wrong these days. But our fix to the problem was bought for us with blood a few hundred years ago.

All we have to do is stop playing along with the rogue state's false (and rather embarrassingly crude) paradigm  concerning who owns what, and what powers to tax have really been granted. As soon as enough of us quit endorsing that nonsense, it's all good

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A brief look at 100 years of Fiscal Folly; and a nice confirmation of CtC scholarship using four-generation-old data from the IRS itself.


CtC-Educated Lawyers: It's Way Past Time For You All To Queue Up!


[Y]ou really need to familiarize yourself with Pete Hendrickson's absolutely magnificent work at his website and in his book(s).  He has, brilliantly and lucidly, "cracked the code" regarding the federal income EXCISE tax(es)."

-Mark C. Phillips, JD


"...I find your work fascinatingly simple to understand."

-Jerry Arnowitz, JD


"Your book is a masterpiece!"

-Michael Carver, JD


"Received your book yesterday.  Started reading at 11 PM, finished at 4 AM."  "I have 16 feet (literally 16' 4.5") of documents supporting just about everything in your book." "Your book should be required reading for every lawyer before being admitted to any Bar."  "I hope you sell a million of them." 

-John O'Neil Green, JD


“Thanks again for your efforts, Pete. They mean an awful lot to a lot of people.” “…as an attorney, I am humbled by your knowledge and ability in navigating the law.  THANK YOU for your hard work and sacrifice.”

-Eric Smithers, JD


"I am an attorney and want to give a testimonial to your book, which I find to be compelling. I am exercising these rights for myself and my adult children. I'm even considering making this my new avenue of law practice."

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

December 25- This is the day traditionally celebrated as the birthday of Jesus of Nazareth at the start of the period known as Anno Domini (AD).  In 1066, William the Conqueror is crowned King of England.  In 1776, George Washington and the Continental Army cross the Delaware River to attack Britain's Hessian mercenaries in Trenton, New Jersey.  In 1868, President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardons to all Confederate soldiers.  In 1914, German and British soldiers on the Western Front observe a Christmas truce for the day.  In 1989, deposed president of Romania Nicolai Ceaucescu and his wife First-Deputy Prime Minister Elena are tried for treason, convicted, and executed.  In 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the USSR, resigns; and Ukraine secedes from the union.


  IGNORANCE TAX: An unnecessary exaction suffered out of ignorance as to its lawful objects and the means of its application by someone too lazy, frightened or misled to learn how it really works and to what it really applies.  See "Income Tax", "Social Security Tax", "Medicare Tax" and "Federal Unemployment Tax".


An Introduction To The Liberating Truth In Ten Easy Segments

Tom Bottaro, ChFC, CtCW, author of 'Secrets of the Income Tax Code- A Guide for Businessmen', has shared another fine outreach effort. Tom has been writing and sending a series of short wake-up and educational essays to friends and family, one by one, for some time. When Tom told me about this, I asked him to compile the pieces and let me post them for everyone to enjoy and share with their own people. Tom, good guy and warrior for the truth that he is, was perfectly agreeable.

Here is the compilation in printable .pdf format. I hope everyone will indeed share it widely. 


"It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error."

-United States Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson





CtC Warrior David Sides says, "Bumper stickers?  Nice, but NOT BIG ENOUGH!"


(By the way, Dave's got it precisely right-- If you want your power to be secure, your neighbors have to be empowered with the same knowledge that you've acquired.  Click here for ideas about spreading the truth-- which include normal bumper stickers available for free, by the way....)




Photographed on 1-70 in Missouri




At a rally outside the Alamo




CtC Warrior Brian H. in Alaska has a great INDOOR approach to spreading the transformational truth. Here's Brian's desk at his workplace:



You notice the big glass container to the right of the CtC in the first pic above? Tasty freebies for Brian's co-workers-- candy and brain-candy all in one:



Very sweet!




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More Than Two Thirds Of The Several States That Collect "Income" Taxes Have Now Acknowledged The Truth About The Law As Revealed In CtC, And Have Issued Complete Refunds Accordingly!  See The Following Chart...



Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

December 26- In 1776, the Continental Army defeats the British in the battle of Trenton, New Jersey.  In 1799, thousands attend George Washington's funeral.  In 1860, the first inter-club soccer match is held, in Sheffield, England.  In 1898, Marie and Pierre Curie announce the isolation of radium.  In 1919, Babe Ruth is sold to the Yankees by the Boston Red Sox.  In 1933, FM radio is patented.  In 1972, 120 B-52 Stratofortress bombers attack Hanoi in the Strategic Air Command's largest-ever combat mission.  In 1982, TIME Magazine's "man of the year" is the personal computer.  In 1991, the USSR formally dissolves.


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(How our forefathers responded to arrogant "Rule of Law defiers"...)





“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident.”

-Arthur Schopenhauer


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If You're Not Standing Up, Then You're Standing Down

...and "standing down" means "going down"...


MY FRIENDS, IT IS MY SINCERE BELIEF that this community of activists has been encouraged, inspired, enlightened and expanded over the years by the steady posting here of your ongoing victories on behalf of the rule of law. Certainly, it has been my pride and my joy to help you share with the world your honorable testament to the liberating truth about the tax, widespread knowledge of which is so critical to the well-being of ourselves, our children, and our beloved America.


However, unless YOU send those victories I can't post them. Unless YOU stand up, your courage and commitment can't inspire anyone.


YOU WILL RECALL THAT FOR THE LAST YEAR OR SO I've been telling you that we are in a transformational moment. Look around at what is going on today and recognize the truth of what I say.


More than half the American population views government as a threat. As mainstream a publication as Forbes magazine is posting articles about massive DHS ammunition and armored vehicle purchases. Denunciations of the NSA violations are features in every major MSM organ.


Even before Edward Snowden's documentation of particular crimes being committed against the American people the LA Times, NY Times, Washington Times and other mainstream organs were editorializing about Leviathan having grown too big, and gotten dangerously out-of-hand (see stories at each of the preceding links). In the Spring Rand Paul's filibuster denouncing the lawlessness of Mordor-on-the-Potomac prompted a major buzz across the country, and in July Justin Amash shocked Washington by very nearly defunding a huge portion of the illegal surveillance state's crimes.


Concurrently, this CtC community has been winning legal victories and refunds which are ever-more significant and telling. Consider, for instance, the victories which have qualified for the EWWBL collection. Every one of these is an especially illuminating acknowledgement of the truth about the tax, and now include a very significant two-time victory in a federal district court.


Things are happening!


HOW IT ALL SHAKES OUT is still up for grabs, though. This is not the time for either complacency or paralysis, because both of those don't amount to "doing nothing"-- instead they amount to "standing down". And standing down means conceding the fight, letting all these eleventh-hour sparks of light burn out unnurtured and the moment be a transformation for the worse.


This is not the time for standing down. This is the time for a FULL-COURT PRESS.


This is the time for educated American grown-ups to stand up tall and firm, pulling others to their feet by their very gravity. This is the time for leading the way.


STAND UP! SEND THOSE VICTORIES-- the new ones, and those of the last few years as well. Click here to learn how. Even if you don't have checks to scan, send your testimonials. Learn how to do that here.




The Willingness Of Some People To Trade Liberty For Convenience Is Without Limit

Some Observations About Current Political Efforts To Evade The Truth, Such As The "Fair Tax" Scheme


Regarding "Tax Reform"


"Taxes are not raised to carry on wars, wars are raised to carry on taxes."

-Thomas Paine


Where To Find Things On This Site


Law Professor James Duane Says: "Don't Talk To The Police.  Period."


Honest Cops Agree




Films That Belong In Every Home Library




Ever Wonder How Much An Unrestrained FedState Would Like To Tap You For?





Warrior David Larson shares this beautiful little farce, wryly observing that, "Depositors have "..not lost one penny.." - OK we could agree on that simple statement  ..how about the purchasing power of that same penny 'not lost'?"


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics






Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

December 27- In 1945, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund are created.  In 1949, Indonesia secures its independence from The Netherlands.  In 1979, the USSR invades Afghanistan, the futile and fatal overextension that leads to its collapse 12 years later.  In 2007, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is assassinated.  In 2008, Israel launches a three-week assault on Gaza called 'Operation Cast Lead'.


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Last Word


"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

-Samuel Adams, Architect of the First American Revolution


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About The Author


Pete Hendrickson is possibly the most effective lawyer in history, even while never having set foot in a law school, nor ever being a card-carrying member of "the bar". He is the first American in history to secure a complete refund of Social Security and Medicare ‘contributions’ withheld from his earnings (along with all other property taken for federal taxes); further, since 2003 students of his legal analyses and arguments in ‘Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America’ (CtC), and its sequel, 'Was Grandpa Really a Moron?' have been routinely retaining and recovering billions of dollars which otherwise-- wrongly, but as a matter of course-- would have gone to federal or state government treasuries. This despite concerted efforts by government to suppress his work, and in some cases vigorously oppose the claims by his students.


Hendrickson is also a widely-read essayist on matters of politics, public policy and law; many of these works are collected in his second book, ‘Upholding the Law And Other Observations’.  He is a member of Mensa; an award-winning artist; and has paid his dues as a youth soccer coach.  He is a long-time political activist as well, and has served as co-chair and platform convention delegate of Michigan’s largest county Libertarian Party organization; as a consultant to the National Right to Work Foundation and Citizens for a Sound Economy; as a member of the Heartland Institute; and as a member of the International Society for Individual Liberty.  He is a frequent radio-show guest on stations across the country.


Hendrickson's business career has included nearly a decade-and-a-half at the leading edge of the renewable-energy industry, both as Director of Purchasing and Materials Management and member of the R&D board at Starpak Energy Systems, the mid-west's then-largest solar heating and energy-recovery-and re-utilization company; and as founder and president of AFJ Inc., a high-efficiency lighting design, manufacture and installation firm.


Beginning in the mid-1990s and continuing for the twelve years before his present full-time focus on the restoration of the rule of law in America, Hendrickson directed purchasing activities for the $84 million-a-year multi-family-housing division of the Farmington Hills, Michigan branch of Edward Rose and Sons, with responsibility for 18,000+ apartments, direct supervision of 35 technicians and agents, and incidental authority over several hundred divisional workers.  He also ran the division's 10 cable television earth-station and distribution systems in four states, and designed and administered the company's website.


On rather the other end of the spectrum, amidst these more mundane pursuits Hendrickson co-founded and was the primary creative force behind a small board- and card-game company that enjoyed a modest success for several years.


 Hendrickson makes his home in southeast Michigan, with his wife and two children.  He is currently working on his next book.


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