This email with the subject "Information." was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Tue, 19 Jul 2005 14:52:53 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "To All U.S Citizens." <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
If the income my wife and I receive was taxable, we would owe about about $10,000 a year to the IRS, including self-employment taxes (26 USC 1401) as well as the basic income tax (26 USC 1). Our business brought in around $100,000 per year for 1998 through 2002, less than half of which went to us (the rest going to our subcontractors). Of the $40,000 or so we got (while both working more than full time), a quarter went to the feds. The feds have put in a lot of time and effort into trying to prosecute us. I suspect they've already spent far more than what even they think the "tax loss" is (based on their false assumption that our income is taxable).
So obviously they didn't pursue this case because by itself it was worth it. They did it to scare YOU. Even when they lose, many people who believe they don't owe a dime will continue to file and pay, thinking "I don't want to go through what they went through." In other words, the feds are using threats of force to intimidate people into filing returns the signers believe to be FALSE.
But there is a little bit of trivia that puts things in perspective. Never mind that for eight years they couldn't (and still can't) explain their own position. Never mind that the IRS admitted they weren't familiar with the sections of law I showed them, and admitted they couldn't answer my questions. Never mind that I offered to post for free on my webb site any answers the IRS could give to those six pesky questions. Never mind that I offered to donate thousands of dollars to the U.S. Treasury, and to never again sell my video, if they would let me interview the IRS lawyers of their choice, asking them about how we are to determine our taxable income. Never mind that the law itself directly contradicts the IRS' assertions.
Right now forget all that, and just consider this one question: What was the horrible damage done by my wife and I not filing and paying? They are prosecuting us because we didn't give them the money they need to fund the federal government... for LESS THAN ONE SECOND. No, I'm not kidding. The approximately $50,000 that my wife and I would have owed for all five years in the indictment put together, if our income was taxable (which it isn't), is less than what the federal government spends in ONE SECOND. Dang, that's a lot of trouble to go to for less than one second's worth of funding, don't you think? Of course, their real problem is that if 100,000,000 people knew what we know, and did what we're doing, the IRS would be in heap big trouble.
So since it's not the actual "revenue loss" they care about in our case, but the "compliance"* of others, do you think their methods are a little suspicious? Why use intimidation instead of answers and explanations? Because intimidation they can do... answering and explaining they can't. Now why is that?
"The instrument by which [government] must act are either the authority of the laws or force. If the first be destroyed, the last must be substituted; and where this becomes the ordinary instrument of government there is an end to liberty!" [Alexander Hamilton]
Guess which we have.
Sincerely, Larken Rose
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(* "Compliance" with unjustified demands, rather than compliance with the law, which is what we're doing.)