CHAPTER 2

Is It Legal?

“Taxation must not take from individuals what rightfully belongs to individuals.”

HENRY GEORGE

In 2008, a record 51.6 million tax returns—36.3% of all returns filed—had no income tax liability because of the available credits and deductions in the tax code. For 2012, the number had risen to 419.

“The purpose of the IRS is to collect the proper amount of tax revenue at the least cost to the public, and in a manner that warrants the highest degree of public confidence in our integrity, efficiency, and fairness. To achieve that purpose, we will: Encourage and achieve the highest degree of voluntary compliance in accordance with the tax laws and regulations; Advise the public of their rights and responsibilities; Determine ...

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