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Current Events and Continuing Education for September 3 through September 16, 2018

“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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An amusing and revealing new straw being grasped-at by an IRS which is increasingly helpless in the face of CtC.

We Almost Have To Feel Sorry For The Robot


Hey, it's Labor Day again!

A Cautionary Parable About State-Sponsored Unionization


Links To Articles Posted Over The Last Several Newsletter Cycles Can Be Accessed At The LostHorizons Newsfeed


An excellent new testimonial video takes the stage

Eric Copenhaver Testifies



The Law, In Seven Pages


From the "Keepin' It All Real" department:

The Serious Threat Of Species Suicide


Have you heard a discouraging word?

The Truth About Trolleries


Other Voices

'The Pentagon Is Building Up Its Troop Presence...In Norway'


Share, share, share, people

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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



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

Find my YouTube channel here.


The upgraded Fifteenth Edition of CtC is Now Available!

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


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Featured In This Update:

A Handy Little Cognitive Cue Concerning The Meaning Of "Income"


A Nice Example Of 1954 IRC Misrepresentations Of The Law, With A Frivolous Dimension


A Few Observations On The Passing Of John "Bomb Bomb Iran" McCain


American Islamophobia's Fake Facts


Featured In Recent Editions:

A Nice $97K Federal Refund


Four Questions For Brett Kavanaugh


A Question For All Federal Candidates This Year


Newsletters Are Now Being Archived


The Truth About The Tax In Three Short Sentences


"Tax Honesty" BS Is What Had Doreen In Prison


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


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 (fifteenth) 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:

September 3- In 1783, the Paris Peace Treaty is signed, bringing the American Revolutionary War to an official end.  In 1838, Frederick Douglass makes his break for freedom from slavery in Maryland.  In 1929, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its all-time high to that date, 51 days before Black Thursday.  In 1935, an automobile cracks 300MPH for the first time.  In 2017, North Korea conducts its sixth nuclear weapon test.


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


Friends! San Antonio! September 22!

Be there for a CtC Seminar in the home of the Alamo!!

Click here for more information


We Almost Have To Feel Sorry For The Robot

Those struggling to collect the "ignorance tax" today are reduced to utterly embarrassing ploys...

I'M GOING TO SPEND THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER focusing primarily on the fascinating experiences of Jordan J. over the last two years since becoming CtC-educated. It's a great and highly-revealing story.

This is how Jordan introduced himself to me in June of 2016:

"Hello, I have a victory to report.

Throughout the 2015 tax year, I had absolutely no money withheld from me. When tax time (Spring 2016) came around, I was suckered into paying in thousands to the federal government and about a thousand to the state of Minnesota.

Right after sending the checks and seeing the money drained from my accounts, I found the Cracking the Code book. I sent in amended returns and got everything back, plus interest.

See the below images of the initial checks sent in and the refund checks.

Just want to say thanks!"

Accompanying that introductory email were images of Jordan's payments to Uncle Sam and the state of Minnesota that had been sent in with his original "ignorance tax" returns:

Jordan also included images of the refunds he secured two and three months later from both of these persons (with interest from both) after almost immediately replacing both "ignorance tax" filings with CtC-educated amending returns-- this one for Minnesota and this one for the feds:


Jordan even took the extra step, just after submitting his amended returns, of seeking written confirmation from the Social Security Administration of the changes he reported in his "wage" receipts. The SSA promptly obliged with the expected report.

Well done, Jordan!!


Moving to 2017, Jordan again secures a complete refund from Uncle Sam:

Only a little interest this time-- as you can see, most of this complete refund of everything withheld from Jordan during 2016 was issued April 28, 2017-- within two weeks of "tax day", with the rest following soon afterward upon Jordan correcting an error on his original return by way of a 1040X.

Another fine victory for Jordan and for the rule of law!


NOW LET'S LOOK at the fascinating story of what has happened (so far) between Jordan and Uncle Sammy concerning Jordan's claim for the refund of what was withheld from him during 2017. Things are a bit different this time.

The feds have become increasingly unhinged in scatter-shot efforts to keep their battered and clanking "ignorance tax" gravy-train limping along despite CtC having pulled up its tracks where anyone who studies the material is concerned. Jordan has been made a test case for a new and even more transparently-bogus variation on a ploy we've already seen a few times-- one which is even more revealing of what's really going on than past versions.

IN EARLY 2018 Jordan filed a now well-practiced educated return just like his others, calling for the return of everything withheld from him during the previous year. However, unlike in prior years when it simply obeyed the law, this time a sweaty-browed IRS decided it was going to try to hold on to at least some of Jordan's money.

The agency's struggle began with its issuance of a letter pretending that it had not received W-2s from Jordan's payor-- the person who had done the withholding of amounts Jordan's filing reclaims. We've seen this before many times now as a part of the victory process for recent claims. See here and here, for instance.

Incorporated within this ploy is the additional pretense that the tax agency has some legal authority under which it can disregard Jordan's own sworn statements concerning those withheld amounts, presented on his Forms 4852-- and can even do so while lacking any competing or contradicting allegations (which its first pretense asserts).

Remember, the agency has said (or definitively implied) that it doesn't have W-2s, and thus is telling Jordan by way of its notice that he must provide them to support his claims as to amount withheld. As will be seen, this pretense is a falsehood-- the agency contradicts it with another subsequent notice at which we will look in a moment.

And just for the record, the agency has no authority by which it can lawfully disregard Jordan's own testimony, regardless of what allegations by others it might or might not have. You don't have to take my word for that-- the ploy at which we are looking right now proves that all by itself.

If the agency could disregard Jordan's return and its claims, that's exactly what would happen and that's all that would happen. But it cannot, and so this little effort to browbeat, confuse and delay must be attempted.

JORDAN PROMPTLY fired off a spanking-good response to the agency's first bit of nonsense.

The agency's reply was another-- and even more bizarre-- pretense:

We've seen this one before, too. Here the tax agency, bereft of any actual grounds on which it can pretend any claim to a penny of Jordan's money as tax attempts instead to pretend that only $312.50 was withheld from him, or can be reclaimed by him, instead of the actual $4,409.96.

THERE ARE A MULTITUDE of interesting things to note in this fraudulent agency proposal. To begin with, let's look at what is said under the heading, "Changes to your 2017 tax return"-- an amusingly pretentious heading from an agency that has no authority to make any such changes.

Note that the agency's explanation for its dispute of Jordan's withheld amount declaration is based on the supporting document (W-2) which it earlier had pretended to not have. Note, too, that the $312.50 that is proposed is, in fact precisely the amount reported on that W-2 as the amount withheld under Chapter 24 of the IRC, as declared by Jordan on his Form 4852. So the agency has here admitted that it's earlier claim of lacking supporting documentation for Jordan's withheld amounts was a lie.

NEXT, LOOK CLOSELY at the agency's declarations in the "Your tax calculations" and "Your payments and credits" fields. In both the "Your calculations" and "IRS calculations" columns, we find plain, honest agreement that Jordan had only the $161.00 of tax-relevant income that he reported on his return (in the form of interest from a national bank).

Looking at the, "Your Payments and credits" field, on the other hand, we see the equally plain lie about the total amount withheld. Under "Income tax withheld, line 64", the IRS lists only the $312.50 withheld from Jordan under the provisions of Chapter 24 of the IRC. Everything past that is declared to be $0.00s (including the "Other credits, lines 66a, 67-73" field, a fact which will become significant in a bit).

In its false assertion of the Chapter 24 withholding of $312.50 as the total amount withheld, the IRS has simply omitted the far larger amounts withheld under the provisions of Chapter 21 in connection with the income surtaxes for Social security and Medicare. The agency just wants to keep this money, and hopes to do so by pretending that it was never withheld (or by hoping that its omission will be mistaken by Jordan as being done in harmony with some valid legal authority, and will be left undisturbed).

BE CLEAR ABOUT THIS: the agency is not actually asserting some right to keep this money, which, of course, it hasn't got. Indeed, the agency has admitted it has no such right, when admitting that Jordan had no tax-relevant "income" and is entitled to the return of all his Chapter 24 withholding.

Both Chapter 21 and Chapter 24 impose withholding on the same events/receipts. (See this brief if interested in the relevant legal structure.) Being entitled to the return of the one means being entitled to the return of the others (and the IRS knows this full well, as it has definitively shown by having made upwards of 250,000 such complete refunds over the last 15 years...).

Rather, the agency is simply pretending that the Chapter 21 amounts were not withheld, or pretending that it can lawfully withhold them from refund even though the events upon which authority to withhold and retain those amounts is predicated never happened.

In short, the IRS assertion of only $312.50 being overpaid and liable for refund is an out-and-out falsehood, and nothing more than that. It is grounded in no legal doctrine, and is in simple defiance of the undisputed facts.

This IRS ploy is what I've come to label a "victory-in-progress", in which some money has been returned, and all the requisite admissions to establish the filer's undisputable claim to the rest have been made. The agency bad apple responsible is simply and obnoxiously leaving it to the aggrieved claimant to take further steps to be made whole, while counting on the likelihood of some to forego the effort, to Uncle Sam's benefit.

HAPPILY, JORDAN DOESN'T FALL into the "confused, intimidated or mistaken" category. His response to the "bad apple" at the IRS was immediate and uncompromising, and even included yet another document supporting his declared and reclaimed total amount withheld.

It seems that it was the IRS that found itself confused and intimidated at this point. The next thing Jordan received from the agency was a request for his patience for a few months while the agency figured out how to deal with this unwelcome pushback.

Finally, exactly 60 days after asking for 60 days (a new record for the agency, which usually exceeds its predictions of this sort by a wide margin), the IRS dropped the unique new load it had taken two months to incubate as its desperate answer to Jordan's indisputable claim and debunk of the agency's previous lies and gibberish. Referencing the date it received Jordan's response to the CP12 proposal as the "Date claims received" and the amount claimed as Jordan's total withholding less the $312.50 it had proposed, the agency offered this explanation for sticking to its pretenses (for the moment) by way of a LTR916C dated August 21, 2018:

"We can't process your claim for the tax periods listed above. To claim excess social security tax, you must have reported wages from more than one employer and the social security tax withheld must exceed the maximum amount required for the tax year." !!

Now, did anyone see anything whereby Jordan claimed "excess social security tax"? Here is Jordan's 1040 "Payments" field:

Look at line 71, "Excess social security tax (and tier 1 RRTA tax) withheld". See anything in that field? Remember the IRS's own CP12 report that we looked at above, which itself acknowledges $0.00 for "Other credits, lines 66a, 67-73"?

The agency resort here, after a couple of months to struggle with its conundrum, is JUST MORE INCREASINGLY TRANSPARENT BULLSHIT.

So, WELL DONE, Jordan, and don't stop now (I know you won't...).


Watch out for that robot! I think it's going to explode!!


FOR EVERYONE ELSE, I have a question. Is everybody getting the message here? I mean REALLY getting it?

Here is that message: The "ignorance tax" folks-- that is, the folks who want everyone to believe that the income tax touches all earnings, and all economic activity-- have NO valid grounds with which to back up that nonsense, and NO actual recourse in the face of CtC-EDUCATED MEN AND WOMEN.


In fact, as Jordan's 2017 claim story shows clearly, the IRS has given up even attempting to argue the realities about the tax with CtC-educated filers, resorting now entirely to desperate, even pathetic lies (and/or occasionally attempting hoax "frivolous return penalties"-- another desperate practice on which the ice is loudly cracking as well).

As pointed out as clearly as I can manage it in the 'Every Which Way But Loose' collection of episodes like the one documented above and in too many other places on these pages to list, the utterly fictional pretenses deployed in the dodge of Jordan's 2017 claim would never be ventured if the tax agency had ANY valid authority for overcoming his claim based on the actual facts. Put another way, Jordan's assertion that his earnings don't qualify for the tax, and that he is entitled to the refund of everything withheld, is completely correct and incapable of being disputed as a matter of law.

So why isn't every single person reading these words standing tall and speaking loudly with 24-karat confidence telling every single person he or she can reach these straightforward, unambiguous facts?

Why do ANY of you hide your names? Why do so few of you share your victories? Why do so few of you share testimonial videos?

On that latter front, while I don't mean to be advocating the truncation of anyone's testimony, it should be recognized that there is little more that needs be said in them than,

"I'm [your name]. I'm a grown-up American who has made a diligent study of the relevant law and facts, and has watched IRS behavior over XX years in response to CtC-educated filings.

I can say without the least uncertainty or hesitation that what appears in CtC is the complete and accurate liberating truth about the income tax, and the IRS itself acknowledges this without a single caveat. In fact, it does so even while still thrashing feebly on the hook now and then.

YOU NEED TO LEARN WHAT I KNOW and empower yourself and your family, while really and truly downsizing DC and restoring the Constitutionally-limited republic!"

Why, in the name of all that is holy, have you all not posted ten thousand such videos across the internet?!

Why, in the name of all that is holy, do I still hear from ANY of you asking my opinion of some nonsense or other concerning the tax from some theorist out in cyberspace? Why, in fact, is this community not sweeping through the "tax honesty" universe denouncing every distracting voice, every troll, and every "tax guru"?

I don't know how to say it more plainly. The "what's true about the law and the tax" battle is long over. There IS no "battle" over methods or techniques or processes.

This is the income tax law of the land.

This is how it is practically applied.

This is its historical background.

This is the whole coherent story about the tax and how to get free of its misapplication.

As I have shown with Jordan's case, and many, many times before with other examples, the resistant tax agencies rest on no secret legal doctrines for which silver bullets must (or can) be found. Instead, they are skating on pure bs and hoping with all their hearts that you will keep casting about for what is neither out there to be found nor the least bit needed.

Which is to say that they are hoping with all their hearts that you will not just stop being taken in by their counter-measures and GET UP AND GET LOUD doing the one thing the DOES need to be done: Trumpeting the word about CtC into the ears and eyes of every other American!

Here is the only battle to be fought: It is between their effort to keep more Americans from knowing what you know and your effort to awaken more Americans to what you know.


So, what are you doing to make sure you win?


FINALLY, I KNOW THAT EVERYBODY LOVES seeing nice fat victories. And I imagine that sharing one as a cap to Jordan's excellent warrior-work might help put some giddy-up into everyone's word-spreading efforts.

So, I'm going to close this exposé/analysis/exhortation accordingly. Here for everyone's enjoyment and inspiration is the pretty victory for 2017 shared by Michael Gonzalez on the losthorizons Facebook page a few weeks ago (which I hadn't noticed until just the other day because I don't monitor that page, and thus don't yet have Michael's filing to post):

HATS OFF TO MICHAEL FOR STANDING UP TALL, and being all in. Every victory should be shared so unequivocally.

Do Michael the honor he deserves for his forthrightness, and Jordan the honor he deserves for his perseverance, and all the other sharing victors the honor they deserve for their contributions. GET OUT THERE MAKING NOISE, PEOPLE, and don't tolerate a scintilla of denial or resistance or argument. Slap all of that away with the facts.

You all should be so impatient with denial from any quarter-- whether official or from your CPA, attorney or Aunt Sally-- that steam literally shoots from your ears on hearing it. If you had John Roberts sitting behind the bench on the Supreme Court disagreeing with you, it would only be because he was deliberately lying to you (remember this?), or, more likely, because he simply doesn't know shit about what he's saying, even though he might think he does.

Everyone who believed the Earth was flat back in the day was sure he or she was right, too. That didn't make it so.

It's all very well to patiently tolerate flat-earthers whose delusions can do you no harm. But make no mistake about it, delusions about the income tax DO GREAT HARM, and they are what stands between you and your freedom and security.


As you can tell, I am sick of having to say these same things over and over. I don't want to have to do so again.

Post and share those videos. Post and share your victories.

Stop hiding behind redactions. You all should be HOPING your neighbors and co-workers will seek you out and ask what's going on.

Go to your local newspaper and sit down with a reporter. Call in to every talk show. Post these truths everywhere. Make yourself truly free.

Or don't. It's up to you.

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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

September 4- In 476, the last of the Western Roman Emperors is deposed.  In 1781, Los Angeles, California is founded.  In 1884, Britain ends its policy of shipping convicts to Australia.  In 1888, George Eastman receives a patent for his roll-film camera.  In 1956, the first commercial computer using magnetic disk storage-- the IBM RAMAC 305, is introduced.  In 1957, Ford Motor Co, introduces the Edsel; and Governor Orval Faubus calls out the Arkansas National Guard to block black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock.


Hey! It's Labor Day Again! Tradition beckons...

IT IS MY HABIT THIS TIME OF YEAR to share a couple of thoughts related to the "Labor Day" extended weekend. Here, then, is my snarky and somewhat tongue-in-cheek riff off the underlying (and usually unacknowledged) realities of socialist labor-law:

The Sublime Harmonies Of Social Justice In The Upcoming Worker's Paradise

(A Laborious Mental Exercise)

Imagine that you’re a homeowner and over the years you’ve had some landscaping done to your property: a few decorative trees planted, a stone wall built, a flagstone path installed, etc.. All the work has been done by what had been your favorite contractor, Joe’s Landscaping Service.

Joe and his guys have done good work, for the most part, but as time has passed, Joe has been a bit reluctant to invest in new equipment, so his speed has gone down, and his hourly rate has been inching up at the same time. You’ve brought this to Joe’s attention more than once, but he’s just shrugged and said, "Hey, a guy’s gotta make a living. But I’ll try to get the boys to move a little faster."

Eventually, when Joe announces that he’s raising his rates yet again you pull out the Yellow Pages and find a new outfit, Sam’s Quality Landscaping. The ad claims that Sam has all the latest gear, and a crew of hard workers. You meet with Sam, and even though his hourly rate is the same as Joe’s, Sam is energetic and sharp, and gives you a good feeling about his work ethic. So, you make a deal, and then give Joe a call. "Don’t bother to schedule that re-sodding that we were talking about," you tell Joe, "I’m going to have someone else do it." Joe glares at the phone as he hangs up, and mutters, "We’ll see about that!"


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Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

September 5- In 1698, in an early example of "social engineering" through tax policy, Tsar Peter I imposes a tax on beards, in order to discourage their growth.  In 1774, the Continental Congress first convenes.  In 1836, Sam Houston is elected president of the Republic of Texas.  In 1969, Lt. William Calley is charged with six counts of murder in connection with the deaths of 109 Vietnamese men, women and children in the village of My Lai.


Tim Whitney Steps Up To The "Bad Guys" Challenge!

Gotta love this creative and engaging approach...

Well done, Tim!!

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Eric Copenhaver With A Great Video Testimonial

FIND AND SHARE this video on YouTube at https://youtu.be/4UKUs9ErBDU.

Learn how (and why) to share YOUR testimony, here.

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The Best Response To Tax Agency Bad Behavior

This simple step will make a world of difference in how things end up.


IRS Desperation Gets Truly Bizarre As CtC Warriors Continue To March Forward

A "Notice of Deficiency" for... $0. The most imaginative writer in Hollywood couldn't dream this stuff up.



JFK conspiracy? No problem... Income Tax conspiracy? C'mon, man, don't be silly! How could that ever happen?!

Cognitive dissonance in action.


Do You Know Who Pays For All That "Patriot Theater" At The Stadium?

Every victim of the "ignorance tax", 'cause it's all just statist consent-engineering propaganda.


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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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.

NOTE II: PLEASE help ensure that others in the CtC community know about this change in newsletter delivery!!

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.

VVisit 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:


Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

September 6- In 1522, the first ship to circumnavigate the world completes its historic voyage.  In 1901, President William McKinley is fatally wounded by an assassin.  In 1991, the Soviet Union recognizes the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and Leningrad is renamed St. Petersburg.


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


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")



FFOR 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.

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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. w.

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.


Illuminating Anniversaries:

September 7- In 1776, the American revolutionary forces conduct the world's first submarine attack-- deploying the submersible "Turtle" in an failed attempt to attach a time-bomb to British Admiral Richard Howe's flagship in New York Harbor.  In 1876, Jesse James and the Younger gang attempt to rob the bank in Northfield, Minnesota but are defeated by the armed townspeople, who kill or capture all but two of the gang.  In 2008, the United States takes control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.


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.


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...


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 on request 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!le!




Media Evasion Of CtC Must End, Now

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


Illuminating Anniversaries:

September 8- In 1900, a hurricane hits Galveston, Texas, killing around 8,000 and wreaking massive property damage.  Unhindered by FEMA, the survivors quickly rebuilt.  In 1935, Senator Huey "Kingfish" Long is assassinated in the Louisiana Capitol Building.  In 1974, Gerald Ford pardons Richard Nixon for "any offenses he may have committed against the United States."


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




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.

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

-George Orwell


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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The Pentagon Is Building Up Its Troop Presence... In Norway

If this sounds like the Cold War strategy of containment, it is. The military only knows one enemy: the USSR.

by Jeff Groom

“They don’t like the fact that we oppose them, and we like the fact that they don’t like the fact that we oppose them. Three hundred of us, surrounded by them, we’ve got them right where we wanted, right?”

This statement was made by the current Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Ronald Green, in December of 2017 in reference to the 300-man-strong Marine Rotational Force stationed in Trondheim, Norway, approximately 200 miles north of Oslo. At the invitation of Norway, Marines began six-month training rotations there back in 2017.

Why? Because more than 25 years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia has seemingly reemerged as a threat to Europe and the world. President Trump’s national security strategy, released in December of 2017, solidifies this stance in “Pillar 3: Preserve Peace through Strength,” which focuses on the return of “great power competition” with Russia and China.

American policy towards Russia now appears identical to what it was during the Cold War: contain the threat. But if the USSR and Russia are not the same by any stretch of the imagination, why is the policy the same, and more importantly, does it work?


Click here to read the rest of this article

Groom right. US policy is an aggressively corrupt, insanely expensive deep-state cronyism entirely lacking in any genuine virtue. What's more-- much more-- it routinely leads to unnecessary death and destruction all over the world, and in its cynical focus on Russia it raises an increasingly real risk of species suicide through nuclear holocaust.

That is, the ever-growing and ever-more uncontrollable risk of the vaporization of you and your kids just so people in the security and armaments business can bring home fatter paychecks and perks. So what do we do?

How about the We the People do as the Founders meant for us to do, and stop fueling Washington's bad behavior?

Aren't you REALLY, REALLY glad YOU'VE had the fortitude and clarity of vision to do that?

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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"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

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And don't miss:

Was Grandpa Really a Moron

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

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-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."

-Nancy "Ana" Garner, JD

Learn what these colleagues already know, then step forward and become part of a coordinated, mutually-supportive squadron focused on developing strategy and deploying the law in courtrooms across the country. There's a lot of suing that needs doing right now.

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IGNORANCE TAX: An unnecessary income tax exaction suffered out of ignorance as to lawful objects of the tax 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.

"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







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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...





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

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:

September 9- In 1543, Mary Stuart is crowned Queen of Scotland at the seasoned age of nine months.  In 1776, the Continental Congress names the new union of sovereign states the "United States".  In 1850, California is admitted to the union as the 31st of the several states.  In 1926, NBC (the National Broadcasting Company) is founded.  In 1956, Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.  In 1993, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) formally recognizes Israel as a legitimate state.  In 2016, North Korea conducts its 5th nuclear weapons test.

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.

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