This simple but very important statement can be broken down such that its meaning can be better understood and more importantly, defended against statists’ assaults on one of the most fundamental rights we as Americans hold; the protection of one’s private property against unauthorized taking.
Taxation is simply, “Taking the fruits of an individual’s labor without their sanction under the threat of state retribution”. Look at a paycheck and you see newly obtained personal property, earned from participation in a freely entered into transaction with an employer. Upon examination of this sample document, you will see the state has coerced/forced an independent business entity, in this example, Swim, Bike, Run Productions to withhold Michael Anderson’s personal property under the guise of Federal Income Tax, Social Security, Medicare and California state taxes. This is just the state stealing a portion of the wages paid for a mutually agreed to business transaction.
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Not complying with this theft can yield:
The tax code, 26 United States Code section 7201, provides:
Sec. 7201. Attempt to evade or defeat tax
Any person who willfully attempts in any manner to evade or defeat any tax imposed by this title or the payment thereof shall, in addition to other penalties provided by law, be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $100,000 ($500,000 in the case of a corporation), or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both, together with the costs of prosecution.1
This seems pretty straight forward to me.
1. 26 U.S.C. § 7201. For an individual, the $100,000 fine prescribed in this statute can be increased to a maximum of $250,000. See subsection (b), paragraph (3) of 18 U.S.C. § 3571.