I recently had the honor of reviewing what I believe will be one of the most important books written in the last 50 years; "Income Tax: Shattering the Myths," by Dave Champion. Mr. Champion presents a clear and concise understanding of the true nature of the income tax and more importantly to whom the tax applies.
In America today many people have come to the conclusion that there is something very wrong with our tax system. There is no question that the US government has the constitutional power to tax, but it is not an all-encompassing power. The Supreme Court has ruled that the power to tax is finite and enumerated. For roughly the first 140 years of our nation's existence there was no individual income tax; and prior to 1913, each time the federal government tried to enact one, it was overturned by the Supreme Court as being unconstitutional.
We have all heard the term that "ignorance of the law is no excuse," yet how many people file tax returns every year and have never read a law that makes them liable to do so. In 1913 there were only 400 pages of tax code; but by 2006 it had grown to over 66,498 pages. That's an addition of over 1,300 pages of code added every year. The cost to comply with the tax burden in 2006 was a whopping $265 Billion dollars. The code includes over 582 different forms, (not including the instruction booklets for those forms) with 142 pages of instruction for the 1040 form alone. (Source CCH, Tax Foundation, and IRS)
The courts have said that where a tax law is ambiguous the courts should always side with the taxpayer. There are some leaders in Congress, the Department of Treasury and The IRS who have found the tax code confusing and hard to navigate, and yet they are the ones passing and enforcing the tax code. If they can't figure it out how is the average American going to do so?
Part of the problem is that the IRS and the Department of Justice have worked very hard to do whatever it can to insure that a constant stream of tax funds keeps moving into the government to pay for the ever expanding obligations created by our Congress.
We have been told for years that it is the duty of every working American to pay their taxes! When people from all walks of life and from all backgrounds started asking questions about the tax laws and the enforcement methods, they were met with silence, threats, and in some cases with outright violence.
There is a new book out that lays open the massive tax code to reveal the bare truth of what is happening to the American people-and it is nothing short of stunning.
The name of the book is "Income Tax: Shattering the Myths," written by the champion of the Tax Honest Movement, Mr. Dave Champion.
But before you think "Oh no not another tax law book," and your eyes become glazed over I will let you know right up front that this book is a great read. Mr. Champion writes in a style that is interesting and personable, and he speaks directly to the reader as if he were sitting across from you at your kitchen table.
Mr. Champion helps the reader understand the difference between a taxpayer and a non-taxpayer. A non-taxpayer you might ask? Yes, there is such a thing, and Dave explains who is and who is not a taxpayer in a way that is understandable and entertaining.
Dave also explains how most non-taxpayers actually volunteer to become taxpayers even though they may not know they are doing so. He explains the constitutionality of the tax code, but more importantly, how it is being used to bilk billions of dollars from the unwitting American people.
As you read through the various chapters, Mr. Champion simplifies this complex and confusing topic. The code is really very simple, if you know how to read it. He explains how legal language is used, purposefully, to misdirect readers that do not have a foundation in reading the law so that they cannot fully grasp what is going on and to whom the tax code is directed.
I found myself having what I call an "ah ha" moment when, while reading the book, I realized how things truly operate. One such moment was the realization that my own ignorance and actions led me deeper into the taxation web.
Throughout the book Dave marries tax history, law, and court cases with very interesting conversation, and he includes personal accounts based on years of research and work within the Tax Honesty Movement. I found myself drawn deeper and deeper into the pages, even losing track of time as I read. More than once I found myself forgetting that I was reading a book on taxes, and I was intrigued by the message and the casual style Mr. Champion employs.
Mr. Champion not only explains the legal and historical aspects of our tax system but he explains how to operate within our system, legally, as a non-taxpayer. Mr. Champion goes one step further than most authors I have read, in that he includes his personal contact information so anyone who concludes they are a non-taxpayer can seek his assistance. Mr. Champion is a man of honor who stands behind his work.
This book is a "must read" for anyone truly wanting to know the truth about individual income tax in America and this book would be a valued addition to any library.
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