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More Victories For The Rule Of Law- Page Sixty-Nine


Tens of thousands of readers of 'Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America' have taken control of their own resources, in accordance with, and respect for, the law. The likely total amount reclaimed by these good Americans so far is upward of several billion dollars.


A few of these good American men and women-- such as those honored below-- are generous enough to send me the evidence of their victories in upholding the law, for the edification and inspiration of everyone. At the moment those shared refund checks, closing notices, and so forth total:


Kevin Dacey

KEVIN HAS ALSO been standing up for the law, and shares a complete refund of everything taken from him and given over to Uncle Sam during 2019-- Social security, Medicare and all--, plus interest:

Here is the filing by which Kevin secured this refund.

David Spiller

DAVID, TOO, HAS SECURED a complete refund from Uncle Sam of everything taken in 2019, FICA and all, plus interest:

Here is David's filing.

Andrew MacTaggart

ANDREW'S LATEST VICTORY BEGINS with his 2019 Pennsylvania filing, which can be seen here. You will note that Andrew had had nothing withheld and given to the state, and so claimed no refund, but did rebut claims by those for whom he worked in 2019 that he had been paid $77K+ in tax-relevant "wages" and self-assessed accordingly: $0. You will also note that unlike the typical educated filing Andrew precedes his return with a very explicit statement, and even had his express rebuttal of the erroneous characterization of his earnings sworn and notarized.

These unusual (and, truth be told, unnecessary) steps are reflective of the fact that in past years, Andrew had been met with seriously balky and games-playing bureaucrats at the Pennsylvania Dept. of Revenue. Forewarned is forearmed.

Indeed, as expected, after a long delay under the pretense of the "C19 crisis", the PADOR responded to Andrew's filing with a "Personal Income Tax Billing Notice" asserting a tax due (with penalty) of $2,604.31:

Andrew was ready with what can only be described as a "leave no stone unturned" Biblical-grade riot-act recital. This recital (for which note #5 in the 'FOR ALL FILERS' Note & Tips checklist should be borne in mind) was intended to make unmistakable to the doubtless shocked bureaucrat receiving it that Andrew was gimlet-eyed and utterly empty of all patience with agency nonsense. (One thing that had characterized the dodges to which the agency had resorted before was a studied difficulty in understanding Andrew's statements, leading to a suspicion that the only way to ensure that no cracks existed through which the agency might feel it could slip was to say everything.)

Silence reigned for a while after Ander's October 30, 2020 response to the PADOR's first shot at browbeating him into throwing up his hands with its unsupported and presumptive assertions. Then on December 29, 2020, the agency took a second shot, upping the ante with the claim this time of an actual "assessment" (and a slight uptick in the "penalty" amount):

 Again, Andrew took out the megaphone and called down fire from the Heavens. This time the message got through. Less than two weeks after Andrew mailed his second response to the PADOR's second venture into intimidation, Pennsylvania surrendered:

Andrew now has his first completed Pennsylvania victory to accompany his several federal victories. WELL DONE, ANDREW!!

Jamie & Leslie Jaseph

JAMIE & LESLIE HAVE SECURED a fine victory recovering everything withheld from them and given over to the feds during 2019 against the possibility of an income tax liability-- plus interest. There having been no federal-connection involved in Jamie & Leslie's economic activities, no tax liability arose, and so:

Here is the filing that produced this fine victory for these good folks.

Dan & Jane Moore

DAN & JANE share their latest victory-- this one with the state of Virginia, and also involving a refund of everything withheld during 2019 (plus interest):

Here is the filing that produced Dan & Jane's new victory; and here is an exchange that preceded that victory in which the state briefly displayed a little resistance before quickly giving it up as a waste of energy.

Kevin & Halley Denning

KEVIN & HALLEY share their debut victory-- the return of the better part of everything withheld from them and given over to the feds during 2019, plus interest-- along with an admission of $0 tax owed, and a simple and ridiculous lie about the amount withheld.

Here is the check Kevin & Halley received in March:

...and here is the filing by which the refund was claimed. Note that the amount claimed for refund on line 17 of the return is $17,914.00.

NOW, HERE IS THE IRS ADMISSION that Kevin & Halley have no income tax liability (table at the bottom):

...and here is the portion from page 2 of the notice in which the IRS simply lies about the amount of withholding claimed on line 17 of their return:

What a cheap ploy, lying about this amount! Perhaps this is done in the hope that Kevin and Halley will be confused and imagine that what was withheld from them as Social security and Medicare is not refundable. Despicable, when the agency knows perfectly well that the law at 26 U.S.C. § 3503 requires such refunds when no tax is owed.

Jeff Cooper

JEFF SHARES A REFUND OF 2019 withholdings, as well (also with interest), and he also has a quirky story. Unlike the game being played with Kevin & Halley, discussed above, Jeff's strange tale is one I've never seen before, and I'm very interested in seeing how this all gets sorted out in the end.

Let's start with Jeff's refund check:

...and here is a notice Jeff received "explaining" the refund:

Here is the filing by which the refund was secured. What is to be noted is that Jeff's refund claim was actually for $26,176.03, the total withheld from him during 2019, with a self-assessment of $0. The questions, of course, are what prompted the assertions above about "Decrease in tax" and "increase in credit for tax withheld; and what happened to the $3,848.03 that is the difference between the $26,176.03 claimed and the $22,328.00 delivered?

Bizarrely, the  IRS "Account" transcript for 2019 declares that Jeff's return self-assessed a $13,018.00 tax, and reported just  $16,866.00 in withholding. This, according to the transcript, yielded a $3,848.00 overpayment-- which, according to the transcript, was sent to Jeff last July!

Are we having fun yet? Maybe we'll just have to chalk this one up to Corona-induced chaos...

We'll trust that Jeff will get this sorted out, and hope it doesn't turn out that someone issued him- or herself Jeff's partial refund as some sort of scam.

Michael Johnson

FINALLY, THERE'S MICHAEL JOHNSON, who has shared a completely uncomplicated complete refund from California, and the first one for 2020 posted on these pages!

Here is the refund:

...and here is the filing which produced it.

Chris & Nancy Wendell

CHRIS AND NANCY SHARE a heart-warming victory in recovering more than $158,000.00 from the feds in amounts erroneously withheld against the possibility that any of their earnings had been from taxable activities (plus interest):

Here is the filing by which this refund was secured this past March.

It will be noted that this filing includes a very explicit cover letter making unmistakably clear what the filing is all about. Nonetheless, before issuing this refund check the IRS asked Chris and Nancy to again explain how they calculated and arrived at the amount reclaimed, as shown in this challenge and response.

Derek Cushman

DEREK HAS ALSO WON A VICTORY over allegations to Uncle Sam by payors that his 2019 earnings were from taxable activities as shown on the CP13 sent to him in response to his filing:

Obnoxiously, the IRS, while admitting that Derek had no tax-relevant "income", as shown above, then proceeded to lie about what had been withheld from him:

Especially obnoxious is the false statement that the amount of "$0.00 withheld" listed above is from line 17 of Derek's return. See for yourself what appears on that line, here.

Clearly, Derek will have to raise a little hell to get his money back, even though the tax agency has already admitted having no lawful basis for keeping it, through its agreement that Derek received no IRC-defined "wages" upon which FICA taxes arise.

Sometimes that sort of tumult is an inescapable element when people enforce their rights and the rule of law against an unscrupulous government... As Thomas Paine put it,

 "Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly. Heaven knows how to put a proper price on its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”

Scott Olmsted

SCOTT (CREATOR OF THE "HOW YOU BECOME LIABLE..." QUIZ) HAS SECURED a refund for 2018, with penalty and interest abatement, plus interest paid to Scott, by way of an amended federal return with which he corrected the omission in his original filing of a 1099 rebuttal:

Not a big amount of money, but a big victory for the rule of law. Here is the filing involved; and here is the notice of refund and abatements. (BTW, Scott's was the first educational tax-truth quiz to appear on the internet-- many years ago, soon after CtC was first published. It was so well-conceived a notion that it inspired me to follow on with a series of additional illuminating quizzes, which you can find here.)

Adam ONeill

ADAM SHARES a February, 2021 victory reclaiming everything withheld from him and given over to the feds during 2018:

Here is the filing that produced this victory. As can be seen in the CP49, the better part of the entire $6,011.95 overpayment acknowledged by the IRS was devoted to retirement of an allegedly-outstanding liability from 2016. Nonetheless, the agency has agreed that Adam had no tax liability for 2018, and was entitled to the return of everything withheld from his earnings. Further, the diversion of a portion of the refund-- done pursuant to 26 U.S.C. § 6402(a)-- was to Adam's benefit.

All told, this is a solid victory, even though Adam only ended up with a portion of the withheld money back in his pocket.

Timothy Bell

TIMOTHY SHARES a federal victory-- issued the same day as Scott Olmsted's and, also like Scott's, with interest-- but with the bulk of the refunded money diverted to an allegedly-outstanding liability, as in Adam's case, above:

The IRS also expressly acknowledged that Timothy had done nothing taxable in 2016, and owed no tax for that year:

And all of this was done after a lame IRS attempt to pretend that Timothy's filing had not substantiated the amounts withheld from him (and by implication, that it had not received documentation of those withholdings from the company that paid Timothy and withheld the money) of the sort discussed here.

So, you'd think all this was a nice, particularly-emphatic victory, right? Well, it is that, but...

Despite its admissions of no taxable activity conducted, and no tax owed, the IRS has obnoxiously subjected Timothy to one of its occasional efforts to illegally hang on to what was withheld as FICA taxes. This, even while admitting that Timothy did nothing upon which such taxes can arise (since the admission that Timothy had received no Chapter 24 "wages" and thus was entitled to the return of the $2,844.54 withheld under the terms of that chapter is also an admission that he received no Chapter 21 "wages"), and even though expressly required by law to return those withholdings under these circumstances.

As seen in Timothy's filing, the actual amount withheld and due back is $7,239.70 (plus interest). As seen on the excerpted portion of page 2 of the CP16 Timothy received, the IRS is simply lying about this. Timothy has begun considering his options for addressing this agency corruption, and we wish him justice.

Jack Supinger

JACK SHARES HIS LATEST VICTORIES-- both for 2020. First is Jack's complete refund from South Carolina:

...on this filing; next is Jack's complete refund from California:

...on this filing.

Les & Patricia V.

LES & PATRICIA have stood up like real adults and proper spiritual heirs of the Founders. Les & Patricia have reclaimed everything withheld from them during 2020 against the possibility that they had engaged in taxable activities and given over to the feds-- Social security taxes, Medicare taxes, and all. A quietly-law-abiding IRS issued that refund with only minimal delay, adding in an appropriate and statutorily-specified amount of interest:

Here is the filing that produced this victory on behalf of the Founders' and Framers' design by which the People retain direct, individual control over a state which is legitimate in its actions only when serving to secure the personal rights and liberties of Les and Patricia and every other individual American.

Dan Benham

DAN BENHAM, a man once misled by errant "tax honesty" theorists to the point of criminal charges and imprisonment, but who found CtC and for years now has watched while the refunds he claims of federal withholdings have been zeroing-out the restitution ordered by the sentencing court in his case (as discussed and documented here), has secured a complete refund from New York of everything withheld from him and given over to the state during 2020:

 Here is the filing with which Dan secured this victory. As a side note of no great significance but with a bit of pleasing uplift to offer, I must observe that Dan had overlooked actually specifying on his return that he wanted the overpayment refunded. The thoughtful state of New York had Dan's back:

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Despite the fact that those whose victories are on display here did nothing but insist that the law be applied as it is written, they did so in the face of fearful threats and cunning disinformation from the beneficiaries of corruption.  Their actions took great courage and commitment, and I salute them all.  


“God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.”

-Daniel Webster


NOTE: Whether any given individual is entitled to a refund depends on a number of different factors, and no one should presume that they are so entitled simply because they see that others are.  Each person should educate himself or herself about the particulars of the law, and make his or her own determination in this regard.


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NOTE: The documents displayed on this and any linked pages, and any associated comments, are posted with the permission and cooperation of the upstanding Americans with whom they are concerned. 

When a return is posted in connection with any refund or other responsive document, it is complete-- that is, what is posted is EVERYTHING filed as a return in connection with that refund or document, unless otherwise indicated.