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Current Events and Continuing Education for March 19 through April 1, 2018

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It's meant as resistance, but it's...

A Fascinating New Crack In The Ice


An action item, for everyone-- and I mean everyone!

It's Time To Go To Congress


Another action item, for everyone-- and again, I mean everyone!

The Annual Month Of Claptrap And Disinformation Is Underway



The Law, In Seven Pages


The unfortunately harmful legacy of a genuinely good but misled man:

The "Irwin Effect"


Since it's that time of year:

The Educated Filer's Tax-Time Flow-Chart


If it ever happens, it'll be

The Newsroom Conversation That Changed The World


Know the tools of the enemy:

About Counter-Measures


A really important question:

How Do You Know When A Government Is Engaged In A Cover-Up?


From the "Keepin' It All Real" department:

The Serious Threat Of Species Suicide


What's happening and what needs to happen:

A Call To Action Or Two


Time for some push-back...

Have You Been Harassed By "Frivolous" Threats?


Have you heard a discouraging word?

The Truth About Trolleries


Other Voices

'Washington's Century-Long War On Russia'


Setting 'em straight:

Questions For The Silent So-Called "Alt-Media"


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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



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Featured In This Update:

Taking Americans For Fools-- An Annual Government Event


Distractions And Provocations-- Tom Paine Warned Us...


Why No Reporting On Rollins And Ritalin?


A Word To Anxious Cops


The Truth About The Tax In Three Short Sentences


"Tax Honesty" BS Is What Has Doreen In Prison Today


Notes For An Educated Filer-- Whether A First-Timer Or A Veteran


Regarding Daft And Despicable Deniers


Regarding State Group Membership


Project Paradigm-Shift


Test Your "Income" Tax IQ!


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


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"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")?


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

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

March 26- In 1830, the Book of Mormon is published.  In 1953, Jonas Salk announces his polio vaccine.  In 1970, the United States sets off its 500th nuclear explosion since 1945.  In 1975, the Who's "Tommy" premiers in London.  In 1991, CtC Warrior Kathryn Elizabeth Hendrickson is born.  In 1999, Dr. Jack Kevorkian is found guilt of second-degree murder for assisting with the suicide of a terminally ill customer.


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


Fear nothing but God


"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


A Fascinating New Crack In The Ice

The intention is resistance, but the effect is surrender.

SCOTT AND CHRISTIN PHELPS shared two victories on these pages a few weeks ago. One is a complete recovery of everything withheld and given to Oklahoma during 2016. The other is a federal "victory-in-progress" for the same year.

In the latter case, the United States has acknowledged that Scott and Christin had no "income" in 2016, whether the variety called "wages" or otherwise. It thereby also acknowledged that they were entitled to the return of everything withheld from them (which was all from Scott's earnings).

This is all good and normal for CtC-educated filers. And four months or so after their return was filed, the U.S. Treasury made a nice deposit into Scott and Christin's bank account.

HOWEVER, IN SCOTT AND CHRISTIN'S CASE the government has been taking a shot at keeping some of the money withheld from them, despite its unambiguous acknowledgements. The approach, to begin with, was to refuse to admit the total amount withheld from Scott

Scott had not just had the $3720.60 withheld as nominal "federal income tax" which the United States returned (with interest) by that direct deposit into Scott and Christin's bank account. A slightly larger amount ($4787.45) had also been withheld from Scott as income surtaxes under the FICA provisions.

The government has been trying to keep this latter amount, even while having agreed that Scott did nothing that can cause any liability for these taxes to arise.

AT FIRST THE GOVERNMENT TRIED TO ARGUE that even though it all appears as part of Scott and Christin's perfectly normal tax return, Scott's documentation of the total amounts withheld somehow isn't good enough. This despite having the same information from the private-sector automotive component manufacturer for which Scott works, and no contradictory information at all.

After Scott shot off a firm rebuttal of this nonsense, the IRS sent the notice seen above, in which it acknowledged that Scott had had no "wages" (thus agreeing that he was entitled to the return of all Chapter 24 withholdings, and also all Chapter 21 withholdings, which are only valid when Chapter 24 withholding applies). But as seen, the notice simply falsifies the total amount withheld from him ($8508.05).

This was followed soon after by the deposit into Scott and Christin's bank account of the partial refund. Perhaps this was an effort to persuade the couple to just take a little vacation and leave well-enough alone.

Scott and Christin didn't just go on vacation. They again fired off a response, but until two weeks ago had been met with silence from the apparently conflicted and confused tax agency. (You can see a more comprehensive discussion of these earlier events here.)

SO, BASED JUST ON PRIOR EVENTS, Scott and Christin's federal victory-in-progress was already both entertaining and instructive. But now this little story has taken a fascinating turn, with an unprecedented left-hand admission by the IRS that can only be seen as a last-ditch desperate effort to pull itself out of the tar pit.

Two weeks or so ago, Scott and Christin received this "LTR916C" from the agency in an apparent response (seven months later) to their exasperated August 14, 2017 letter to the agency after receiving only half their claimed refund. Here's the "money" portion of this remarkable agency dodge-notice:


WE'LL GET TO THE GOOD PART in a bit. First, though, let's observe that the implicit assertion made here is both frivolous and absurd.

To begin with, it is not the agency's business or authority to make "confirmations". If the agency actually has reason to believe, and wants to assert, that Scott received federal, taxable receipts (rather than receipts which were misidentified as "wages", as Scott declared by way of his Form 4852), it can (and must) produce a return of its own contrary to Scott and Christin's and/or assert a "deficiency", with any "confirmations" of what is then and thereby actually put into controversy to be determined by an adversarial legal proceeding.

Secondly, the agency has already agreed that Scott's receipts were private, no-federal and non-taxable, and has admitted this, on paper, repeatedly. It has expressly agreed that the Phelps' had no income in 2016, and no "wages", saying the former explicitly and the latter implicitly, by returning everything withheld from Scott under the Chapter 24 "wage" withholding protocols.

In fact, the new notice itself says that Scott had no "wages" against which the FICA withholdings the agency proposes to keep can be validated, by again asserting that the complete refund of Chapter 24 withholdings already made is proper and correct! (This admission, btw, imposes a legal requirement on the agency to return the FICA withholdings to Scott and Christin, with no latitude for "confirmational" coyness.)

BUT THAT REPEATED ADMISSION IS NOT THE CHERRY on this ice cream sundae. Such confirmations are routine for CtC-educated filers (and the vast majority just get all the withheld amounts back without any fuss or resistance at all).

No, the cherry on top here is the very overt acknowledgement that private, non-federal receipts are, in fact, non-taxable. You've gotta love it!

No pretense about there being no such thing as non-taxable receipts. Just a pretense about the agency having the authority to keep FICA withholdings unless they can "confirm" that they were withheld from non-taxable receipts.

I guess the particular robot struggling with Scott and Christin's educated claim had a shield-failure when typing this LTR916C. Or maybe a moment of grace.

I'm going to keep a happy thought, and go with the latter.


Watch out for that robot!


Friends! The Eleventh Annual Declaration Day Party is less than four months away!! It'll be Saturday, June 30, here in beautiful Commerce Twp., Michigan, so make your plans!!

Meantime, join me in beautiful Bolton, Vermont for an income tax seminar next month! Click on the image below for the details

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It's Time To Go To Congress, People

What's going on here is simply too corrupt and too destructive to be tolerated.

FRIENDS, IT'S TIME TO RATTLE THE CONGRESSIONAL CAGE about deliberate lies about the law posted on the IRS website. The deployment of these falsehoods and misstatements of the law is outrageous and intolerable.

It is also in defiance of the enactments of Congress, as well as of the Constitution that all these folks are oath-bound to protect and defend.

I am therefore urging all law-respecting Americans to begin a vigorous campaign to bring this corrupt and pernicious executive-branch behavior to the attention of Congress. I urge everyone to contact each of his or her congressional representatives and demand that the tax agency be ordered to clean up its act and stop spreading lies about the law.

Here is a sample of the sort of message I'm talking about (which anyone who wishes can use as is by copying and pasting into an email; there is a WORD .doc version provided at the end for snail-mail delivery):

The Honorable [name, address]


It has come to my attention that the executive branch's Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is deliberately presenting false and very harmful disinformation on its website, and likely in other types of publications as well.

Specifically, on the page at https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/anti-tax-law-evasion-schemes-law-and-arguments-section-iv, the IRS has the following posted:

Contention: The Sixteenth Amendment does not authorize a direct non-apportioned federal income tax on United States citizens.

Some assert that the Sixteenth Amendment does not authorize a direct non-apportioned income tax and thus, U.S. citizens and residents are not subject to federal income tax laws.

The Law:

The courts have both implicitly and explicitly recognized that the Sixteenth Amendment authorizes a non-apportioned direct income tax on United States citizens and that the federal tax laws as applied are valid. In United States v. Collins, 920 F.2d 619, 629 (10th Cir. 1990), cert. denied, 500 U.S. 920 (1991), the court cited Brushaber v. Union Pac. R.R., 240 U.S. 1, 12-19 (1916), and noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized that the "Sixteenth Amendment authorizes a direct nonapportioned tax upon United States citizens throughout the nation."

However, the Brushaber court says no such thing.

In fact, that unanimous Supreme Court ruling says exactly the opposite of what is said by the IRS through its quote of the 10th circuit.

Contra the Collins court, the Brushaber court unambiguously holds that non-apportioned direct taxes are Constitutionally prohibited and remain so after the 16th Amendment, and that the income tax is an indirect excise tax only able to lawfully be administered in accordance with that specific legal character.

"We are of opinion, however, that the confusion is not inherent, but rather arises from the conclusion that the 16th Amendment provides for a hitherto unknown power of taxation; that is, a power to levy an income tax which, although direct, should not be subject to the regulation of apportionment applicable to all other direct taxes. And the far-reaching effect of this erroneous assumption will be made clear by generalizing the many contentions advanced in argument to support it..."

Brushaber v. Union Pacific R. Co., 240 U.S. 1 (1916) (emphasis added).

The Brushaber court goes on to point out that the very suggestion of a non-apportioned direct tax is completely incoherent, because that would cause:

"...one provision of the Constitution [to] destroy another; that is, [it] would result in bringing the provisions of the Amendment [supposedly] exempting a direct tax from apportionment into irreconcilable conflict with the general requirement that all direct taxes be apportioned."


...and re-iterates its repeated pre-16th Amendment holdings that:

"[T]axation on income [is] in its nature an excise, entitled to be enforced as such..."


Less than one month later, the same court reiterates, with yet greater clarity, what it says in Brushaber:

"[B]y the [Brushaber] ruling, it was settled that the provisions of the Sixteenth Amendment conferred no new power of taxation, but simply prohibited the previous complete and plenary power of income taxation possessed by Congress from the beginning from being taken out of the category of indirect taxation to which it inherently belonged, and being placed in the category of direct taxation subject to apportionment by a consideration of the sources from which the income was derived -- that is, by testing the tax not by what it was, a tax on income, but by a mistaken theory deduced from the origin or source of the income taxed."

Stanton v. Baltic Mining Co., 240 U.S. 103 (1916) (emphasis added).

Contemporary expert analysis of the Brushaber ruling reports the same thing:

"The Sixteenth Amendment does not permit a new class of a direct tax... The Amendment, the [Supreme] court said, judged by the purpose for which it was passed, does not treat income taxes as direct taxes but simply removed the ground which led to their being considered as such in the Pollock case, namely, the source of the income. Therefore, they are again to be classified in the class of indirect taxes to which they by nature belong."

Cornell Law Quarterly, 1 Cornell L. Q. pp. 298, 301 (1915-16) (emphasis added).

"In Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., Mr. C. J. White, upholding the income tax imposed by the Tariff Act of 1913, construed the Amendment as a declaration that an income tax is "indirect," rather than ... an exception to the rule that direct taxes must be apportioned."

Harvard Law Review, 29 Harv. L. Rev, p. 536, (1915-1916) (emphasis added).

Subsequent Supreme Court rulings as well as executive and legislative department experts continue to make the same accurate declarations over the ensuing decades:

"If [a] tax is a direct one, it shall be apportioned according to the census or enumeration. If it is a duty, impost, or excise, it shall be uniform throughout the United States. Together, these classes include every form of tax appropriate to sovereignty. Cf. Burnet v. Brooks, 288 U. S. 378, 288 U. S. 403, 288 U. S. 405; Brushaber v. Union Pacific R. Co., 240 U. S. 1, 240 U. S. 12."

Steward Machine Co. v. Collector of Internal Revenue, 301 U.S. 548 (1937) (emphasis added).

"The income tax … is an excise tax with respect to certain activities and privileges which is measured by reference to the income which they produce. The income is not the subject of the tax; it is the basis for determining the amount of tax.” ... "[T]he amendment made it possible to bring investment income within the scope of the general income-tax law, but did not change the character of the tax. It is still fundamentally an excise or duty..."

House Congressional Record, March 27, 1943, p. 2580, testimony of Former Treasury Department legislative draftsman F. Morse Hubbard, (emphasis added).

"The Supreme Court, in a decision written by Chief Justice White, first noted that the Sixteenth Amendment did not authorize any new type of tax, nor did it repeal or revoke the tax clauses of Article I of the Constitution, quoted above. Direct taxes were, notwithstanding the advent of the Sixteenth Amendment, still subject to the rule of apportionment…"

Report No. 80-19A, 'Some Constitutional Questions Regarding the Federal Income Tax Laws' by Howard M. Zaritsky, Legislative Attorney of the American Law Division of the Library of Congress (1979) (emphasis added).

"[T]he sole purpose of the Sixteenth Amendment was to remove the apportionment requirement for whichever incomes were otherwise taxable. 45 Cong. Rec. 2245-2246 (1910); id. at 2539; see also Brushaber v. Union Pacific R. Co., 240 U. S. 1, 240 U. S. 17-18 (1916)"

South Carolina v. Baker, 485 U.S. 505 (1988), fn 13 (emphasis added).

In short, every single authority, and every branch of government-- legislative, executive and judicial-- knows perfectly well, and has stated unequivocally and repeatedly over all the decades since the unanimous Brushaber ruling, that the Supreme Court therein declares the income tax to NOT be a direct non-apportioned tax and that such a tax is Constitutionally prohibited and remains so after the 16th Amendment.

Further, every single authority, and every branch of government-- legislative, executive and judicial-- knows perfectly well, and has stated unequivocally and repeatedly over all the decades since the unanimous Brushaber ruling, that the Supreme Court therein declares that the income tax, both before and after the 16th Amendment, is an indirect excise tax, only lawfully able to be laid and administered in accordance with that legal character.

So, when the IRS says on its website that the 10th Circuit "cited Brushaber v. Union Pac. R.R., 240 U.S. 1, 12-19 (1916), and noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized that the 'Sixteenth Amendment authorizes a direct non-apportioned tax upon United States citizens throughout the nation,'" it is correct about the circuit court having said this, but knows perfectly well that the circuit court was wrong, either innocently (as hard as that is to believe) or corruptly.

The IRS, therefore, is deliberately citing to a bogus "authority" that makes an incorrect statement about the law. Clearly, the object of this falsehood is to mislead American citizens about the agency's own scope of authority and the proper and lawful application of the income tax.

I'm sure you will agree with me that this subterfuge by the IRS is completely unacceptable and that little can be of broader or deeper personal interest to each and every American than the proper and lawful administration of the income tax. (For your own interest, a very brief but comprehensive presentation on the actual nature of the income excise can be found at http://losthorizons.com/A/TheNatureOfTheTax.pdf.)


In light of the foregoing, and out of the deep respect for the rule of law which I am sure you share with me, I therefore ask you to exercise the power of your office to command the Treasury Department to remove all false assertions about the law and the tax, such as the one I have used as an example above.

I further respectfully suggest that judicial officers who have promulgated or acted in accordance with false doctrines about the income tax in the conduct of their offices, particularly that it is, or can lawfully be administered as, a nonapportioned direct tax, have violated their oaths of office and deliberately acted against both the sovereign will and the critical interests of The People.

Such judicial officers-- and all executive officials who have condoned, cooperated with, or exploited such false and wrong statements or behavior-- should be deemed unfit for office. These oath-breakers should be duly impeached and removed from office, or fired, and each and every one should be prosecuted for any criminal acts their conduct has involved, which would include civil rights violations and possibly others.

I look forward to saluting you in person should the opportunity arise, and at the ballot box, for your prompt and diligent attention to this extremely important matter.

Thank you very much, and please consider me

Most Respectfully Yours,

[your name/signature, address, date]

CONTACT INFO for congressional reps, both House and Senate, can be found here. Some of these folks offer real email addresses; some offer just a form. All will provide physical mail addresses.

Actual snail-mail is probably the best method to use for maximum likelihood of serious attention. A WORD .doc version of this letter can be downloaded here. Email would be a close second best. The "contact forms" some provide in lieu of email addresses are probably useless for this kind of issue.

C'MON, PEOPLE! Let's shake the halls of power with the liberating truth!

And spread this around everywhere you can, enlisting others to participate. You don't have to be focused on (or even conscious of) the truth about the tax as an issue in particular to recognize your interest in the IRS being made to conform to the law, and stopped from lying about the tax.

Especially this time of year, right?

NOTE: This very important call to action is permalinked here.

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The Annual Month Of Claptrap And Disinformation Is Underway

It's the capstone of the season of truth and lies.

AS OF MID-LAST WEEK, America has been in its annual 30 days or so of serious disinformation efforts by the beneficiaries of the "ignorance tax". These efforts are a little variable in form, but all are intended to discourage folks from filing educated returns.

The efforts will include attacks on me and my work, in a hundred different forms and by alleged "tax honesty" people as well as "mainstream" and "official" voices (see some discussion of that latter variety here). Claims will circulate about CtC-educated filers being penalized and prosecuted and kicked out of Kiwanis.

There will also be the usual "be afraid of the IRS" messages that will show up even in your local newspapers, and have been doing so since I was a toddler.

AS WELL, WE WILL SEE commentaries by every pundit and "guru" from the deepest fringe to the most mainstream-ish who claims to know something about the tax will be thick on the ground. All will be designed-- subtly or more directly-- to encourage non-filing amongst the community of what can be called tax activists.

These false and harmful commentaries will include claims that the income tax is unconstitutional or otherwise illegal. They will include claims that the tax only falls on corporations, or on foreigners, or on earnings from foreign sources (or, in the reverse of this nonsense, that it only falls on US citizens, whether spelled with a capital "c" or a lower-case "c").

They will claim that the tax is residency-dependent, or that the tax arises because of one's "election" to be a taxable entity, or because one files a return.

Some of these false and harmful commentaries will claim the tax began in 1913. Or that it just exists to soak up excess FRNs. Or that if we didn't have the income tax taking everyone's wealth the government would just print all it needs to stay fat and sassy.

Every one of these efforts-- smears, lies, ignorant commentaries and all, will have as their end effect, even if not always their deliberate goal, the discouragement of those taken in by them from learning the real truth about the tax and doing the one thing that empowers Americans against the tax's misapplication: filing educated tax returns.

IF YOU WANT TO WIN THE WAR this year (and that's what everyone should be shooting for), you have to respond to these efforts with rebuttal and denunciation. Left un-debunked and un-denounced, these disinformation efforts WILL be effective, and WILL deprive YOU of needed companions on the march down the correct and fruitful path.

YOU CAN'T LEAVE IT TO ME (or anyone else) to do these chores. I won't ever even see 999 out of a thousand of these efforts. When YOU see one of these posts, or get an email spreading the harmful nonsense, you must post a rebuttal and a denunciation, or "reply to all" with them.

Each person must choose his or her own expressions, of course, but in my view it's way past time for courtesies other than the most rudimentary in responding to these mole, troll and moron efforts to steer what otherwise would be contributors to everyone's success down crooked paths to uselessness and hazard. Everyone out there has had years to learn and embrace the thoroughly-proven true information about the tax.

Those claiming guru or pundit status are thereby asserting a background of honest and scrupulous research and knowledge regarding the tax. At this point no one actually so credentialed can possibly be unaware of CtC.

Thus, any alleged "gurus" or "pundits" who do anything except direct their readers/viewers to losthorizons.com and CtC should be assumed to be either misrepresenting their credentials or deliberately misinforming those readers or viewers. They, in particular, are entitled to no forgiveness.

I FEEL LIKE I AM LATELY asking a lot of everyone. But I do so in the certain knowledge that you all know the stakes; recognize your personal interest in this battle; and have an abiding respect for the rule of law and an abiding love of liberty.

If I'm right, you will all step up to this task, as well as to the others I have put forward.

We are in the end-game, now. I don't know how long it will take to play out, but I know that it demands a large degree of focus.

This means pushing aside the temptation to let attention be sucked into whatever political theater is the news of the day or whatever fake news is being exploited by the mainstream media and derided by the alt-media.

We have a transformational opportunity in reach which, once realized, will make all those houses of cards collapse. We WILL realize it, if we put forth and sustain a big effort now.

Be the voice of CtC, loud, proud-- right now, and until you are echoed by everyone around you.

If you do that, the truth will prevail, and it will set you free.

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The Law, In Seven Pages





Share these all, everywhere you can. Be your most creative self in sending and "selling" these links. Do memes; make gifs; respond to everything in the news that would be or have been better had the state been small, or if Americans kept their money for their own uses.

If you pay attention to the news and train yourself to apply these perspectives, you will see a dozen things of which you can make use in awakening other Americans to the virtues of having the income tax correctly administered. Please, for my sake, for your own sake, for the sake of your children and their future, make that use.


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

March 27- In 1836, shortly after the successful siege of the Alamo, Mexico's General Santa Anna orders the massacre of about 400 Texan POWs captured during other clashes between the Republic of Texas revolutionaries and the Mexican Army assembled at Goliad.  In 1881, rioting over the promotion of temperance by the Salvation Army grew so severe in Basingstoke, England, that troops has to be called out in an effort to restore peace.  In 1941, a coup by officers of the Air Force topples the pro-Axis government of Yugoslavia.  In 1964, an earthquake registering at 9.2 on the Richter scale struck Alaska-- the most powerful ever recorded in North America before or since.  Much of Anchorage was destroyed.  However, being left unhindered by FEMA, the city is quickly rebuilt.


The Irwin Effect

A good man has inadvertently left a problematic legacy.

I HAD AN EPIPHANY RECENTLY concerning the trouble we all have trying to open certain eyes to the truths about the income tax. My own eye-opening came after corresponding with a long-time "tax honesty" guy who exhibited what I am dubbing the "Irwin Effect"-- a strong influence on his perceptions of income-tax-related matters by virtue of exposure to Irwin Schiff and his story.

Though it's easy to forget as time goes on, Irwin's "heyday" was the real deal.

Schiff appeared as early as 1978 on NBC's 'The Tomorrow Show' with Tom Snyder, conducted seminars all over the country for years, was a C-Span-covered candidate for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination in 1996 and was featured in Aaron Russo's very widely-seen 'Freedom to Fascism'. As recently as 2005, Irwin had the ear of very large audiences on shows like George Noory's 'Coast to Coast'.

Irwin Schiff had a message many, many people found very compelling, and the support of a very large and very devoted army of followers, who magnified the effect of his individual efforts exponentially. He influenced the perceptions of a lot of Americans regarding the income tax.

UNFORTUNATELY, IRWIN'S MESSAGE was wrong-- well, partly wrong, anyway. The overall message of "Irwin Schiff, the phenomenon" was entirely wrong.

Here's what Irwin got right: The income tax is systematically misapplied. In popularizing that perspective, Irwin did a very good thing. Many, many people-- including me-- were encouraged to look closely at something that the government does not want closely scrutinized.

But that was about it. Irwin Schiff didn't really understand the tax.

For instance, Irwin didn't understand the scope of the tax and the true nature of its objects. While he recognized it as an excise he didn't really grasp all the implications of that fact.

Irwin had no idea about the real legal character of FICA taxes; nor that today's tax remains the same one first imposed in 1862.

Nor did Irwin have any idea of the meaning of "capitation" and its significance in qualifying the income tax and its limits. Most significantly, perhaps (at least from a practical standpoint), Irwin did not understand the legal dynamics of the tax-- especially the role played by "information returns". He suffered from many other misunderstandings and faulty conclusions, as well.

I SAY ALL THESE THINGS with respect and affection. Irwin Schiff did the best he could with limited resources-- most particularly the limitations imposed on everyone during his research period for lack of digitalized data that could be accessed and processed with computer power.

But forgivable as Irwin's mistakes may be, the real issue today is that a huge number of people arrived at key perceptions of the income tax by paths carved through the prior cognitive wilderness by Irwin Schiff.

SOME OF THESE "IRWIN EFFECT" folks came to believe that Irwin knew what he was talking about. These folks ended up with an enervating conclusion that "you can't fight City Hall, no matter how right you are" after seeing nothing practical come of all his efforts (a mere handful of refunds allegedly secured by followers over all those years but with no details provided and never even an argument on behalf of reclaiming erroneously withheld FICA surtaxes) and Irwin end his days in prison.

These folks won't listen to anything critiquing or conflicting with Irwin's teachings, and at the same time are largely sidelined. Many settled into the disastrous practice every tax agency loves to see: "non-filing".

THOSE IN RANGE OF THE "IRWIN EFFECT" who didn't come to believe Irwin knew what he was talking about fell into a different cognitive trap. Even though not believing Irwin right these folks nonetheless saw him as a serious, capable and dedicated researcher.

These folks were fully correct on the first and third of these assignments of character, and forgivably wrong on the second. Irwin was very articulate, always had some authorities to cite on behalf of his assertions, and was so self-confident as to radiate scorn of any failure to accept whatever he declared true. He appeared capable, to anyone who hadn't themselves done research into the same subject areas.

The take-away for these folks, therefore, is that there is nothing to be found in parsing through the tax code.

Surely (goes this latter line of thought), if there had been a big "Gotcha!" to be found in regard to the income tax Irwin Schiff would have found it. That he did not means that "it" isn't there at all.

To those in this second "Irwin Effect" group, anyone who says that there is a "Gotcha!" to be found regarding the income tax must be incompetent or a charlatan. Paying attention to anything presented by such persons, they conclude, would be a waste of time.

SO, I'M SURE YOU ALL SEE THE PROBLEM. Irwin Schiff had such a heyday that a very large number of Americans-- those over the age of forty, especially-- are subject to the "Irwin Effect" in one of the two versions outlined above. Those in the group that concluded Irwin was capable, dedicated and wrong are thoroughly represented in journalism, the legal profession and the academy.

Consequently, in trying to garner the respectful or even just indifferent attention of anyone in this latter group-- even to just look at the evidence distinguishing CtC from the work of Irwin Schiff or anyone else in the tax honesty movement-- one has this big, well-entrenched mental speedbump to overcome. It can be a slog.

Thus, this observation, under the theory that forewarned is forearmed. Maybe these insights will allow everyone more success in outreach to Irwin Effect-afflicted media figures and professionals. Maybe, too they will help in efforts to wake up some of that vast army of non-filers out there.

P.S. It should go without saying that everything said abo e about the "Irwin Effect" is likewise true in regard to any other non-CtC "tax theorist" that ever captured anyone's attention. Thus, the "Irwin Effect" is duplicated for some by a "Larken Effect", or a "Crier Effect" or a "Bannister Effect" or a "Myrdland Effect" or a "SEDM Effect" or whatever.

All of these folks, like Irwin Schiff, promoted (and in some cases still promote) errant notions about the tax, and anyone taken in by them will have ended up cynical and unlikely to be easily open to even the actual truth about the income tax. Indeed, there is good cause to suspect that this result is the purpose behind some of these "theories appearing in the tax honesty community, especially the more obviously ridiculous ones. See this page for more on that.


AS NOTED ALREADY, IT SHOULD BE UNDERSTOOD that everything I have said that is critical of Irwin Schiff's conclusions in the piece above is said reluctantly, and with no disrespect intended for Irwin Schiff, the man. I thought very highly of Irwin Schiff, and hold his memory in high esteem.

As I said, Irwin influenced me in my early research into the tax beginning in the 1980s. I bought and read all of his books.

In fact, in the early editions of CtC I included a very sincerely-meant "acknowledgements" reference to Irwin (and to a couple other folks also in the "tax honesty" movement whose efforts I have appreciated). I reluctantly removed that reference in later editions upon discovery that some folks weren't bothering to read the book due to imagining it to be just warmed-over Schiff propositions. These folks then actually discouraged others from reading CtC, by telling them what they thought the book must say.

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The Educated Filer's Tax-Time Flow-Chart

It's not rocket science; in fact, it's this simple.

ADMITTEDLY, THIS IS A LITTLE overly-simplified, but just a little. Click on the chart to get a more complete picture, and then visit the Notes For Educated Filers/Educated Filer's Checklist page.

It REALLY ISN'T rocket science; and you should explain that to everyone you know. Liberation of all Americans and the shrinking of Leviathan back to the size intended by the Framers is easily within reach.

All that is needed is a little bit of effort on the part of those who already know the truth.

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The Newsroom Conversation That Will Change America

...once it can be made to take place.

ALMOST AS REMARKABLE AS the story of CtC itself is the bizarre media silence about that story. It's as though a home remedy cure for cancer had been found, and no journalist would report it (because of what? fear of losing drug company advertising? or being mugged by the health care mafia?). Read about both stories here, and maybe YOU'LL be the one to figure out a solution to that silence.

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The Great Deception

Every now and then this one needs re-release...

ASSAULTS ON THE CONSTITUTION are disturbingly ubiquitous these days. Those wishing to be free of the hindrances presented by that fundamental legal instrument have succeeded in infecting major portions of the American intelligentsia with such thorough disinformation concerning the Constitution's origins, purposes and principles as to prompt constant articles against it.

Many of these screeds, I'm sorry to say, are even churned out by otherwise fairly sound-thinking libertarians. (Some sects of libertarianism seem especially vulnerable to anti-Constitutional propaganda due to pipe-dream delusions about anarchic utopias).

We in the grown-up community must stay alert to these erosions of something so important as the written fundamental law. Here is an effort at raising the alarm and passing out some intellectual ammunition against the enemies of the law.

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"Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God."

-Thomas Jefferson


Doreen's Address

Doreen Hendrickson 48564-039

FPC Alderson A-4

P.O. Box A

Alderson, WV 24910

Letters, books (which must come in packages that are boldly-marked "Paperback Book Enclosed") and cards (which must actually be written in by the sender) are always much appreciated.

Anyone wanting to put a few dollars in Doreen's "commissary account" can do so by sending a postal money order-- made payable to "Doreen Hendrickson 48564-039"-- to:

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Doreen Hendrickson


P.O. Box 474701

Des Moines, IA 50947-0001


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DUE TO CHRONIC AND ESCALATING interferences by ISPs (or others) which have made newsletter emails an extremely time-consuming and increasingly unreliable announcement mechanism, I have transitioned to alternative announcement methods. These include:

  • Twitter (click here to follow me and receive the announcement posts-- set for push notifications);

  • Facebook (click here to "like" the losthorizons page and receive the announcement posts);

  • GAB (click here to follow me and receive the announcement posts).

If you choose one of these social media options (or use them in addition to other means, as I wish you would), PLEASE get the full value out of them by diligently "liking" and "retweeting" or "sharing" or "reposting" my posts! That will significantly improve their visibility to others, and very much help the cause!!

  • My RSS feed:

(Members of the state CtC Warrior forums in AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, MI, MN, MO, NE, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, UT, VA, WA or WI, will continue to get the regular announcements if the membership is set to receive email updates.)

NOTE: I will still not be engaging in correspondence by any of these alternative, social media means-- those wishing to correspond should continue to use email for this purpose.

Hey, Gamers!


You are surrounded by an actual battle between villains, monsters and true heroes, all simply concealed from you by sophisticated spells which also keep you from engaging in the fight.

There are real great deeds to be done, and real treasures to be had for your efforts, and frankly, your real future is at stake. You just have to gain "the sight" in order to penetrate the illusions.

Visit losthorizons.com to get the counter-spells and get onto the real field of battle!




The craziness of the neo-con nutcases in Washington is starting to generate its predictable blowback, but on a much more dangerous scale than in the recent past.

Based on relentless hostile rhetoric and steady efforts at military encirclement the Russian Federation Armed Forces Command has concluded that the United States intends to launch a pre-emptive nuclear attack on Russia. While this perception continues to be fed, the risk of a prophylactic Russian first strike exists and grows more perilous.

The persistent, recently-escalated, plainly unfounded and deliberately provocative saber-rattling against Iran-- a long-time close ally and buffer-state of Russia's, the destabilization or regime-change within which would be another substantial threat factor-- has magnified the intensity of the peril.

So, more than ever...


What You Need To Know If CtC Doesn't Spread Like Wildfire RIGHT NOW So The Nut-Cases Can Be Stripped Of Their Resources:

NOT THAT "DUCK AND COVER" would do you or your kids any good, of course... The Russian Federation has 7,400 nuclear warheads and the means to deliver them. China is coming on strong, too, these days.

Perhaps you imagine the US has some magical technological advantage that will protect us when all the nut-case bellicosity leads to its inevitable outcome? Read this, this, this, this and this. And in any event, don't forget the inescapable issue of nuclear winter and fallout-- the world-killing harm from either of which doesn't require even a single Russian or Chinese warhead to hit a target.

Really, it's this simple:

Click here for the sourcepage of the image above and for more scary details from actual grown-ups which the neo-con nutcases in Washington wish you would never find.

Spread CtC's revelations like wild-fire.

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

March 28- In 193, Roman Emperor Publius Helvius Pertinax is assassinated by his Praetorian Guards, who then auction the throne to the highest bidder (Senator Didius Julianus).  In 1834, the United States Senate censures President Andrew Jackson for de-funding the Second Bank of the United States (a central bank equipped to emit notes and extend credit, somewhat anticipating the current Federal Reserve, and responsible, during its 20-year existence, for a massive real-estate price bubble and collapse).  After the demise of the bank, the United States experienced virtually zero inflation until the Fed was instituted (with the exception of the period during the War Between The States, when the Lincoln administration issued its fiat "greenbacks").   In 1939, fascist Francisco Franco takes Madrid in the Spanish Civil War.  In 1979, the worst nuclear power plant accident in American history occurs at the Three Mile Island reactor in Pennsylvania.  No one is hurt and no damage occurs.


A Call To Action Or Two

Nothing happens if you do nothing.

THE VIDEO OF MY JULY 16 PRESENTATION on judicial fraud to conceal the true legal character of the income tax is posted here. Everyone should see it and share it like crazy.* It is hugely powerful and WILL successfully educate even the most stubbornly skeptical and disengaged.

Video of the Q&A session that followed that presentation can be seen here; this is also a "must see".

*Here's a sample formulation for sharing:

The American people have been victimized by massive and sustained corruption in the federal judiciary in order to fuel the ambitions of the Deep State. See the incontrovertible evidence at https://youtu.be/105GKdmJ9HU.

This enormous harm can be remedied, but the path to that solution begins with widespread awareness of the problem. Please watch the film yourself, and please pass this wake-up call along as widely and urgently as possible.

If you have a serious-minded group that you think will benefit from an in-person presentation on this long-running assault on the rule of law in America, contact me.


A call to action

CLEARLY, THE MERE AIRING OF THE JUDICIAL AND EXECUTIVE CRIMES revealed in the presentation discussed above is not enough. What is revealed here is a vicious widespread plot to destroy our Constitutional republic. It can be stopped, and it must be stopped, and all culpable parties-- who have each and every one grossly betrayed and defiled the trust and honor the people of America have bestowed upon them-- should be harshly punished. Therefore...

I call on every law-respecting journalist to raise the hue and cry about these outrages.

I urge every American reading these words to join me in demanding action.

Append this article or this video (or both) to an introductory note and a demand for action, and mail it to Jeff Sessions, Paul Ryan, your federal and state congressional delegations and to every journalist possible. This will ensure that these folks will be made aware of this matter, and cannot say otherwise as an excuse for inaction.

Click on the name below for contact info:

Jeff Sessions

Paul Ryan

Journalists (this is a short list-- you may know or have access to more; send to all of them)

Your representative

Your senators

Your state legislators

Your mom, your dad, your sibs, your best friend, the guys and gals at the office or the plant, etc.-- you have these addresses or must find them on your own.

ALSO!!! Send to law school faculty!!! Find schools, faculty names and contact info however you can and send! Send to every lawyer you can find.

Understand, if YOU haven't shared this film with any given judge, prosecutor or attorney, he or she will not have ever seen any of the information presented. He or she will not only know nothing of the truth about the tax, but will believe the untruths about the tax which the falsifying officials exposed in the film (and in the text treatments of the same material here and here) have been peddling on behalf of the "ignorance tax" scheme.

Don't make the mistake of imagining that "they all know the truth, and are part of a giant conspiracy against it." This is not true.

Most of those folks have never seen even a single one of the authorities you have seen in these presentations. They never knew there was a reason to look for them. Certainly none of them have ever seen this material knowledgeably assembled and presented.

YOU have to show it to them. If you haven't done so, assume that no one has.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

March 29- In 1638, Swedish colonists establish the first European settlement in Delaware.  In 1886, Dr. John Pemberton brews the first vat of Cocaine-Cola (Coca-Cola).  In 1936, Adolph Hitler's policy of reoccupation of the Rhineland is supported by 97.8 percent of the German electorate in a referendum.  In 1951, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage in connection with their passing of United States nuclear weapon secrets to the Soviet Union.  In 1971, Lt. William Calley is convicted of premeditated murder for the massacre at My Lai.  In 2014, the first government-licensed same-sex weddings are performed in England and Wales.  In 2017, Britain begins its process of departure from the European Union.


On Criminal Complaints For Filing False IRs

Getting practical on a core element of the "ignorance tax" scheme.


"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves."

-Edward R. Murrow



What Is Paid For By The "Ignorance Tax"

LOTS of very bad things...

The U.S. Income Tax: An Excise On The Profitable Exploitation Of Federal Privilege

The U.S. Ignorance Tax: The Profitable Exploitation of Confusion About The Income Tax

I WAS IN A GROUP THE OTHER DAY in which I overheard, "The income tax just goes to pay the interest on the national debt!" Would that it were so...

The statement is a long-standing misconstruction of something said by Peter Grace of the Reagan-era Grace Commission, which had been tasked with an analysis of the federal budget. Grace attempted to illustrate the significance of the federal debt burden by pointing out that the interest paid on that monstrous debt was so much as to more-or-less match the amount taken in by the income tax-- an amount that is a metaphorical synonym for "huge".

Money, of course, is fungible, so even if the tax take were earmarked for the interest payment, that would simply free up other funds for other uses. Thus, the "earmarking " concept is illusory at best. Income tax revenue gets spent for any and all government purposes, just as is true of every other dime that goes into the general fund.

Further, Grace undervalued the income tax dramatically. This is because Grace didn't understand that FICA (Social security and Medicare) taxes are just income "surtaxes"-- meaning income taxes like any others, despite the misleading application-specific label of "employment taxes". As a result of this misunderstanding Grace failed to factor this additional enormous amount into his casual analogy.

The reality is that the income tax take-- by which we really mean the "ignorance tax" take, since we're talking about the amount captured by government through exploitation of ignorance about what is really subject to the income tax under the law-- is many times the amount paid in interest on the national debt. Last year, for instance, the interest payment was about $432 billion. The ignorance tax total was a whopping $3.9 trillion.

MY POINT HERE IS NOT TO CRITIQUE THE GRACE REPORT, however. I'm only interested in stopping its mistakes from being repeated and persisting as a false "factoid".

The reason I'm concerned is that the throw-off, "It just goes to pay the interest on the national debt..." line, though not meant as, or in support of, anything but a disparagement of the tax, actually serves to minimize or conceal the horrendous evil for which the tax really does pay.

Lets look at a small sampling of the things made possible by the ignorance tax:

  • The corruption of our political office-holders;

  • The drug war and all the violence and corruption it brings;

  • Our wives, daughters and ourselves being virtually strip-searched in airports;

  • Agricultural price supports raising the cost of our food;

  • A bloated military unable to account for $6.5 trillion given to it over recent years;

  • Hundreds of millions who hate us for the harm we have inflicted directly after violently invading their homes (here's an analysis of just a few of these affairs), or by supporting the despotic regime holding them in thrall;

  • A Department of Education working to fill American kids' minds with mush and PC propoganda;

  • The Panopticon surveillance state which spies on all of us all the time, subverting our privacy and any hope of confidence in the independence of our elected officials;

  • The militarization of our local police;

  • A direct and indirect federal workforce of 14,000,000 or so, every member of which needs to be messing with some or many citizens' lives in one way or another in order to justify his or her pay;

  • The coercion of state governments into certain behaviors even where no Constitutional authority exists for Washington's decrees, by issuing grants with strings;

  • The supplanting of genuine prosperity opportunities for young Americans by entrapment in rotten, impoverishing economic prisons.

  • And on, and on, and on...

NOW LET'S LOOK at what preservation of the "ignorance tax" scheme has made valuable to the schemers, and therefore an increasing part of our lives:

  • The inculcation and maintenance of a pervasive fear of government lawlessness;

  • A corrupt judiciary;

  • The systematic erosion of the rule of law;

  • The mis-education of our children about our founding principles and the legitimate authorities and limits of our public institutions;

  • The co-option of our churches into cheerleaders for the statist-quo;

  • A de-emphasis on logic, economics and history in our schools and school textbooks;

  • The infection of our legal framework with hive thinking, identity politics, and "social justice";

  • And on, and on, and on.

EVERYTHING LISTED ABOVE IS what is actually paid-for by the "ignorance tax", either in the conventional sense of being financed with its enormous, corruption-inducing aggregation of wealth into the hands of a political class with feet of clay, or as a price we all pay by the degradation and loss of our principles and our values.

Is all this really how a sensible people want to be spending their resources? I think not, but this IS what we're doing now, because of all those not yet awakened to the truth about the income tax.

Be an alarm clock.

(Click on Saruman to see what he means..."

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The Biggest Snow-Job In World History: The Myth That 1913 America Adopted A Marxist Progressive Tax On "All That Comes In"

“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



Thank goodness the sun is now shining...


PRO TIP: If I were the IRS and I wanted to discourage people from rebutting allegations that they had done things I can tax, and keep them from successfully reclaiming withheld or paid-in money, I would salt the "tax honesty" community with passionate-seeming "legal researchers" who would warn anyone whose ear they captured that filing a 1040 is a bad idea for one reason or another...


A Review of CtC by Derek Cushman

You can also find this film at https://vimeo.com/175424277.


Regarding Trolleries

(Deceitful efforts to discourage Americans from learning the truth about the "income tax")



FOR ALL THE YEARS SINCE 2003 when CtC was first published, the government has engaged in a concerted effort to frighten people away from its truths. This effort involves official government websites and press releases touting an occasional court ruling that appears to be at odds with some CtC-revelation (but without details sufficient to expose the real substance of the ruling)-- and sometimes even more mendacious behavior.

Click here for the rest of this article

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Are the presentations and resources offered on this site and in my other work of any value to you?

Tim Kendrick has posted a video on YouTube regarding donations. I didn't know what to do about it to begin with; I don't do what I do intending for anyone to feel obligated in any way.

But of course, no one IS obligated. I will continue to make my work freely-available here, and in my books for only the cost of a cheap paperback.

Thus, even though I post it here below, Tim's very thoughtful personal resolution and encouragement to others is just an invitation for consideration by those who may not be conscious of the fact that I can't do what I do without support. No one is to feel any pressure from it; if it moves anyone to act let it be solely because it seems right.



Why Does The Government Lie About 'Cracking the Code'?

THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION is the key to the restoration of the republic and the rule of law in America. See it below. (NOTE: It's very important that the entire 24 minutes be viewed.)

This video can also be found on YouTube at https://youtu.be/hgzzYl-eeUI.

Here are links to the two pages to which viewers are directed at the end of the film: The Crime of the Century and The Truth About The 16th Amendment.

The other two mentioned in the film are this one (the "bulletin board" stack of 1,200 or so posted refunds and other victories in knowledgably applying the law; and this one (the collection of resisted claims and the outcomes of those little battles).

PLEASE be a real activist about sending this link to every single person in your address book, and about sharing it through facebook, reddit, twitter, and any other distribution channel with which you are familiar. Send it to every journalist you can. It's time to really make something happen.

Accompany your emails and posts with with a strong admonishment to watch the film through, and that doing so will show the viewer an individual-empowering, state-restraining truth about the income tax which the government has been trying to keep hidden from view for 75 years and which that person really needs to know.

BY THE WAY, as is impossible to miss, I have neither the skills nor the tools to make even moderately good films. This is simply not my forte. Anyone able to do better is encouraged to talk to me about that.

As is ALSO impossible to miss, though-- even in my amateur production-- reader video testimonials have GREAT POWER. Send me yours.

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Illuminating Anniversaries:

March 30- In 1842, anesthesia is used for the first time in a surgical operation.  In 1858, a pencil with an attached eraser is patented.  In 1867, the United States buys Alaska from Russia for 2 cents per acre.  (Of course, 2 cents was worth a good deal more then than it is now...)   In 1909, the Queensboro Bridge between Manhattan and Queens opens for traffic.  In 1939, the Heinkel HE 100 sets a world airspeed record of 463 mph.  In 1981, Ronald Reagan is shot by John Hinkley.


How To Be A Leader In The CtC Community

It's simple:






All-in-all, just be the sort of person for others that you would go to yourself for trustworthy leadership.

Leadership is a challenge. But it's not complicated, and you can do it.


PRO TIP: By the physics of the law, an indirect tax is necessarily a privilege tax. Here's why:

The distinction between a direct tax and an indirect tax is incidence. A direct tax arises by the direct imposition of the taxer, without any election of the taxed (other than that of authorizing the taxing power in the first place).

An indirect tax arises by the taxed choosing to do something by which the taxer's claim is then created. The choice that is a valid object of an indirect tax can't be anything done as an exercise of an untaxable right. Nor can it be any activity of necessity. A tax on anything done by necessity would arise not by actual election of the taxed but simply because the tax had been imposed by the taxer. Such a tax, whatever it may be called, would be in actual substance a direct tax, even if one that arose only intermittently. Think of a tax on eating, for example, or working, or engaging in trade with others (all of which are things done by right as well as by necessity, but you get the point).

What is left as the valid object of an indirect tax is the exercise of privilege-- something done not by right, and therefore done by the permission of the taxer (who, due to being possessed of an ownership right in the thing being permitted, is entitled to claim of portion of the proceeds when the thing is profitably used).

"[Although the Legislature may declare as privileges and tax as such for State revenue purposes those pursuits and occupations that are not matters of common right], the Legislature has no power to declare as a privilege and tax for revenue purposes occupations that are of common right."

Sims v. Ahrens, 167 Ark. 557, 271 SW 720 594, 595 (Ark. 1925)


The 'Watching the Watchmen Amendment'

If you're not talking this one up everywhere and helping generate a buzz, you don't really want liberty and the rule of law...


PRO TIP: The argument that a concept explicitly given a statutory definition for purposes of this or that chapter or "title" has the same meaning as the common word the legislature has borrowed for its label-- which meaning plainly didn't suit the legislature's purposes, hence its replacement-- is a preposterous reading of the law.

“It is axiomatic that the statutory definition of the term excludes unstated meanings of that term.” 

Meese v. Keene, 481 U.S. 465 (1987);

“[W]e are not at liberty to put our gloss on the definition that Congress provided by looking to the generally accepted meaning of the defined term.”

Tenn. Prot. & Advocacy Inc. v. Wells, 371 F.3d 342 (6th Cir. 2004).



In light of the actual evidence,, those who doubt or deny the accuracy and correctness of CtC just because some government officials denounce it are like the 16th-century Europeans who were mystified by Copernicus getting all those astronomical predictions right even though the church had said he was wrong.

Do you have a victory to share?  Click here to learn how to do so.

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.

Learn The Liberating Truth About The Tax

NEW! Orders of twelve or more books now come with a free DVD containing six informative and inspiring videos-- 112 minutes in all. Click here for the details.


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.

You're a passenger on a riverboat that relies on regular contributions of fuel from the passengers to keep moving forward. You see an unsurvivable waterfall ahead, and note a soon-to-be-irresistible current growing stronger each day. What does common sense suggest?


Copy and post this one around, people!




Media Evasion Of CtC Must End, Now

Time, unfortunately, is on the side of the well-funded disinformation specialists class


Illuminating Anniversaries:

March 31- In 1774, Great Britain orders the port of Boston closed in response to the Boston Tea Party.  In 1889, the Eiffel Tower is inaugurated.  In 1917, the United States buys the Danish West Indies for $25 million and renames them the United States Virgin Islands.  In 1918, Daylight Saving Time debuts.  In 1933, the FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps boondoggle is established as a measure to relieve unemployment brought about by the Fed-generated economic collapse known as the Great Depression.  It fails miserably.  Programs of this very sort interfered with the economic correction necessary to end the depression and merely prolonged the calamity, leaving the unemployment rate largely unchanged (it remained as high as 15% in 1937 while the boondoggle make-work jobs continued, and jumped back up to 19% in 1938 when some of the artificial "New Deal" props like the CCC program were cut back), but adding greatly to the size and lawlessness of the State.  In 1951, the first UNIVAC 1 is delivered to the United States Census Bureau.  In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson announces that he will not run for re-election.


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 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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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




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

-George Orwell


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Washington's Century-Long War On Russia

by Mike Whitney

The United States has launched a three-pronged offensive on Russia. First, it’s attacking Russia’s economy via sanctions and oil-price manipulation. Second, it’s increasing the threats to Russia’s national security by arming and training militant proxies in Syria and Ukraine, and by encircling Russia with NATO forces and missile systems. And, third, it’s conducting a massive disinformation campaign aimed at convincing the public that Russia is a ‘meddling aggressor’ that wants to destroy the foundation of American democracy. (Elections)

In response to Washington’s hostility, Moscow has made every effort to extend the olive branch. Russia does not want to fight the world’s biggest superpower any more than it wants to get bogged down in a bloody and protracted conflict in Syria. What Russia wants is normal, peaceful relations based on respect for each others interests and for international law. What Russia will not tolerate, however, is another Iraq-type scenario where the sovereign rights of a strategically-located state are shunted off so the US can arbitrarily topple the government, decimate the society and plunge the region deeper into chaos. Russia won’t allow that, which is why it has put its Airforce at risk in Syria, to defend the foundational principle of state sovereignty upon which the entire edifice of global security rests.

The majority of Americans believe that Russia is the perpetrator of hostilities against the United States, mainly because the media and the political class have faithfully disseminated the spurious claims that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections. But the allegations are ridiculous and without merit. Russia-gate is merely the propaganda component of Washington’s Full Spectrum Dominance theory, that is, disinformation is being used to make it appear as though the US is the victim when, in fact, it is the perpetrator of hostilities against Russia. Simply put, the media has turned reality on its head. Washington wants to inflict as much pain as possible on Russia because Russia has frustrated its plan to control critical resources and pipeline corridors in Central Asia and the Middle East. The Trump administration’s new National Defense Strategy is quite clear on this point. Russia’s opposition to Washington’s destabilizing interventions has earned it the top spot on the Pentagon’s “emerging rivals” list. Moscow is now Public Enemy#1.


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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 restrain those in Mordor-on-the-Potomac by taking control of how much of YOUR WEALTH facilitates government 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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(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.”

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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"


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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'?"


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

April 1- In 1826, Samuel Morey patents an internal combustion engine.  In 1867, Singapore becomes a British colony.  In 1924, Adolph Hitler is sentenced to prison for his participation in the "Beer Hall Putsch" (where he proceeds to write 'Mein Kampf").  In 1945, U.S. troops land on Okinawa in the start of the last campaign in World War II.  In 1967, the United States DOT begins operations.  In 1976, Apple Computer is founded.  In 1979, 98% of Iranian voters support the overthrow of the U.S.-installed monarchy of the Shah and transforming the country into an Islamic Republic.  In 2001 the Netherlands legalizes same-sex marriage; in 2002, it does the same for euthanasia.


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-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.

© All written and graphic material on this page and website are copyrighted by Peter E. Hendrickson, unless otherwise attributed.