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Why Sovereign Citizens Don’t Pay Taxes

Some examples of illegal license plates used by so-called sovereign citizens. (Source: FBI)

Some examples of illegal license plates used by so-called sovereign citizens. (Source: FBI)

Now before you get too excited, if you’re American and you decide you’re a sovereign citizen (whatever that means), opting out of paying federal income tax will get you precisely as far as it did Wesley Snipes. Be that as it may, sovereign citizen logic can be quite amusing, as recounted by Brea Tremblay at Daily Beast:

At this very moment, people across America are doing their taxes and discovering they owe more money than they have. And the majority of those people are reacting to the news in a normal fashion, which is to say, they’re setting up a payment plan, begging a relative or ordering a beer they can’t afford and putting the bill off until next year.

But a small portion are discovering an ideology that claims their tax bill is entirely invalid because IRS correspondence is written in all capital letters, which means it’s addressed to a legal entity which shares your name but is not you, and in fact, the government owes you money—at least $630,000.

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Lauryn Hill Versus The Military-Industrial Complex

Lauryn Hill. Photo: Lisa Liang (CC)

Well what do you think, will Lauryn Hill fare better against the tax evasion charges she faces than Wesley Snipes did? Ms. Hill explains her position on her Tumblr:

For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground. I did this in order to build a community of people, like-minded in their desire for freedom and the right to pursue their goals and lives without being manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex with a completely different agenda. Having put the lives and needs of other people before my own for multiple years, and having made hundreds of millions of dollars for certain institutions, under complex and sometimes severe circumstances, I began to require growth and more equitable treatment, but was met with resistance. I entered into my craft full of optimism (which I still possess), but immediately saw the suppressive force with which the system attempts to maintain it’s control over a given paradigm.

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