Re: POLI: Encouraging Tax Evasion

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Mon, 26 Jul 1999 14:35:03 -0700 (PDT)

> I will admit, however, that I am less interested in a "lengthy analysis of
> the tax code" than in a simple citation (or four) for that list of four
> categories of people required to file and/or pay income taxes. I'm not
> asking you to prove the negative that nobody besides those four categories
> is required to file and/or pay (I know how hard that proof is, and I know
> that that proving a negative does require a lengthy analysis to be at all
> convincing, i.e., worthy of being assessed as "highly probable").
> I just asked for simple citations that those four categories are required
> to pay/file. Those are positive assertions, and should be supportable with
> specific citations to the U.S. tax code or the decision of an authoritative
> court. I can then fill in the common legal inference that "what is not
> included is necessarily excluded" by myself.

Actually, even citations of code aren't the best evidence, though they are more useful than simple quotes. The best evidence would be court citations (and both uses of "citation" here refer to full proper legal citations) of cases that adjudicated the claims in question. Failing that, next best would simply be the names of persons who have argued the claims and won, and are now walking the street not paying taxes but otherwise working and living as ordinary citizens.

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