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The Truth About Personal Finance (Collection) by Kay S. Bell, Steve Weisman

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Truth 46. The trouble with tax protests

Want to end up in a federal jail cell? Buy into a tax protest argument, and you’ll probably get your wish.

It sometimes takes awhile, but the Internal Revenue Service usually gets the men and women who insist that the U.S. government has no legal right to collect income taxes from individuals.

Just ask Irwin Schiff, convicted multiple times for his antitax efforts that spanned four decades. Then there are Edward and Elaine A. Brown, the tax-protesting couple who holed up in their New Hampshire home for months before finally surrendering in October 2007 and beginning their prison terms on tax evasion charges.

You don’t even have to be a died-in-the-wool tax protester to pay the price. Actor Wesley ...

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