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Irwin Schiff and the Patriots

On October 16, 2015, Irwin Schiff died, in prison, from lung cancer. He was 87 years old, and serving a fourteen-year sentence – his third prison term, and the final chapter in his 40-year crusade against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Schiff was one of the original and most notable proponents of constitutional challenges to income taxation – as he saw it, and relentlessly argued it, there was no basis in the United States Constitution for the assessment or collection of income taxes from anyone. Continue reading

IRS Investigations: They Plead the Fifth, but Want You to Plead Guilty

On May 22, 2013, Lois Lerner – Director of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations Division – stated before Congress that neither she nor her division had inappropriately or unfairly targeted certain politically-oriented groups for auditing. Was this just a position statement? Did this constitute “testimony?” Regardless, she certainly seemed to be absolving herself and her staff of misconduct or criminal behavior. But when asked to provide further testimony on the matter, Ms. Lerner . . . Continue reading