Taxes and Your Right to Not Self-Incriminate
The squabble is not about should we pay taxes, it is about how we should be paying and what kind of accountability is in place! We have a duty to hold the government accountable for their behaviours.
- Individuals who file tax returns voluntarily waive the Fifth Amendment protections of their inherent rights. This is unconstitutional. Remember you are signing your return under penalty of perjury. Anything you say that is not of utmost honesty, even if negligent, is guilty of perjury.
- The government cannot require individuals to waive any constitutional protections of their rights.
- Therefore, the government cannot lawfully (i.e., constitutionally) require individuals to file tax returns. Now this is a predicament.
- The government and the courts are not ready to admit this to the general public because if they did they know people would stop filing tax returns and the whole system would fall apart.
- The present federal income tax system depends completely on voluntary self-assessment.