Please Prosecute Me
The misrepresentation and misapplication of the United States federal income tax constitutes the largest
acquisition of wealth by way of deception in history. A handful of government lawyers fabricated an intricate
maze of legalese which created a perfectly Constitutional tax (a tax on income derived from certain types of
international and foreign commerce), but which at the same time could easily be misread to give the impression
that the income of all Americans is subject to the tax.
For decades the American people have been conditioned to believe that the income tax applies to their income,
and have been trained to pay their taxes. All the while, hidden in the labyrinth of statutes and regulations,
the law itself showed that the federal income tax was never their taxesat all. (Insisting that someone pay
an income tax when that person receives no taxable income is equivalent to insisting that someone pay a
whiskey-importing tax when the person does not import whiskey.)
This deception has been so successful for so long that now most people find it difficult to even begin to
doubt the conventional wisdom on the subject. When one first reads this web page he may instinctively
think that can't possibly be true. However, the average citizen will also admit that he surrenders his
hard-earned money to the IRS solely because of an assumption, not because he has ever seen the law for himself.
(Ironically, the flawed conventional wisdom has been greatly strengthened by the so-called tax protestor
movement, which has for decades spread flawed and often nonsensical arguments, usually arguing that there is something
wrong with the law, because they too were ignorant about what the law itself actually says.)
In addition to misleading the public, the government lawyers who orchestrated this scheme also misrepresented
the law to their own subordinates in the IRS, knowingly allowing them to misapply the law, and allowing Americans
who never owed the tax to be harassed, robbed, and even imprisoned. The general public's false assumptions are
shared by the vast majority of IRS employees (who demand money from those who do not owe it), and by the tax
professionals (who incorrectly tell most Americans that they owe the tax). All the while, the few inside the
system who knew the truth allowed the American people to make this trillion-dollar year after year.