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12 Apr 2012

Colorado Springs Tax Debt Relief: Bizarre Evasion Schemes

Grappling with tax debt in Colorado Springs can be stressful for anyone.  The penalties and pressure that builds from having it hang over your head can be a roadblock in starting fresh in your financial future.

Our Colorado Springs tax debt relief attorneys can  help. Bankruptcy may be an option, or you may need someone to assist  you in negotiating payment plans or reductions with the IRS.


Some individuals, however, will do just about anything to get out of paying taxes. CNNMoney recently reported on some of the strangest tax evasion efforts ever. Odd as they may seem, multiple individuals have tried them - and been unsuccessful.

The first involves the use of 666, known as the "mark of the beast," in Christian religious text. One individual from Kentucky argued that he couldn't file his W-4 forms because his Social Security number contained this information. His new employer ultimately terminated him as a result. He sued for religious discrimination, but the lawsuit was tossed. Others have refused to file tax paperwork at all, saying that all Social Security numbers were essentially akin to this "mark."

Similarly, some people claim that paying taxes is against their religious beliefs. Not only has this argument not ever worked, but thousands of dollars in fines can be accrued as a result of trying to avoid paying.

Another creative tax evasion effort involves individuals who say they shouldn't have to pay federal taxes because they claim their state isn't actually part of the U.S. This has happened in both Texas and Indiana - and always, the argument falls on deaf ears. You can even be fined up to $25,000 for even making this argument.

Some individuals have taken it so far as to refer to themselves not as an actual person. They say that federal tax law pertains either solely to companies, or that they are not a "person" as defined under the constitution. These cases haven't been successful, and the IRS has taken many to court over these claims.

Other people have tried to make the case that only gold money is taxable. This just flat-out isn't going to fly with the IRS.

The bottom line is that while coping with Colorado Springs tax debt is tough for anyone, the best way to go about tackling it is to meet with an experienced debt relief attorney.

Stephen H. Swift

Managing Attorney
Law Office of Stephen H. Swift, P.C.

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