Everyone knows who Wesley Snipes is one way or another. I personally remember him from Liberty Stand Still, which was a movie about how he holds a executive of a gun manufacturer hostage by sniper. (Picture)
Well this movie had an obvious bias against gun companies and I personally think the gun companies shouldn’t be held responsible for people shooting other people.
Well today, I read a story on Drudge Report about how he has not paid taxes and he is on trial with the two biggest tax protestors of the world.
I will try to keep this post short but here are some funny things from the court case (My comments are in blue):
"Nobody likes paying taxes, but paying taxes is the price we pay to live in a civilized society," Assistant U.S. Attorney M. Scotland Morris said Tuesday in closing arguments. "And it’s the law, and that’s what this case is about. It’s about three men who felt they were above the law."
I love how this is his case. That it takes taxes to create a civilized society. Sure it is the law and if the law says that you have to enforce it. This is saying that an uncivilized society is one that does not pay taxes.
"In lengthy filings to the IRS, the three defendants claimed they did not legally have to pay taxes, citing an obscure section of the tax code that establishes that foreign sources of income for U.S. citizens are taxable. Protesters take that to mean only foreign sources are taxable, and wages made in this country are not."
I laughed so hard when I read this…
"The three men claimed the IRS is not a legitimate government agency. Snipes also argued in long, bizarre letters that he was a nonresident alien; that the IRS terrorizes and deceives citizens; and that efforts to prosecute him would cause "increased collateral risk."
This I actually agree with I think the IRS is such a bad organization. James Bovard’s book Lost Rights illustrates that well but that is for another post.
"Cohen, the former IRS commissioner, said trials like Snipes’ are important to discourage potential tax scofflaws from defying the government.
"Locks are important on windows to keep honest men from becoming thieves," Cohen said. "Because a thief can get into a window even if it’s locked, right? But you do that as a deterrent."
So this is just a trial for deterrence? He makes it sound like they don’t want to prosecute people for tax evasion but they have to because they need to set an example.
So what does everyone else think?
IRS good or bad?
Do we need taxes to create a "civil s0ciety"? Or to put another way are taxes a price of a civil society?