Seriously? Taxes are voluntary? News to me! Maybe I'll just go fill out new W-4 forms and check the section that says I am legally in my right to have NOTHING taken out. And that I won't have the IRS send me to prison. Ever. Oh, there isn't an option for that. But what the heck! Harry Reid claimed in 2008 that all taxes were voluntary. So I can, right? Nope. You try it and let me know. LOL!
If you believe this garbage coming from the ex-IRS chief, then I have ocean front property in Arizona that I can sell you.
Nugget: Take a look at the initial tax rates in the table below from 1913 - the year the 16th Amendment was ratified by the 36th state, Delaware:
Following ratification of the 16th Amendment, the first income tax code was enacted on October 3, 1913. The first federal income tax featured graduated tax rates starting at 1%, with seven tax brackets, and a top marginal tax rate of 7%.
|1913 Nominal Rate||1913 Adjusted for Inflation to Today|
|Tax Rate||Tax Brackets||Tax Rate||Tax Brackets*|
|1.0%||$0 to $20,000||1.0%||$0 to $463,826|
|2.0%||$20,000 to $50,000||2.0%||$463,826 to $1,159,566|
|3.0%||$50,000 to $75,000||3.0%||$1,159,566 to $1,739,348|
|4.0%||$75,000 to $100,000||4.0%||$1,739,348 to $2,319,131|
|5.0%||$100,000 to $250,000||5.0%||$2,319,131to $5,797,828|
|6.0%||$250,000 to $500,000||6.0%||$5,797,828 to $11,682,677|
|7.0%||$500,000 and more||7.0%||$11,595,657 and more|
Can you imagine the economic boom we would have today if our tax rates were lowered to 1913 rates? The federal government would have a surplus! Wait...that is if you could stop the Democrats from spending!
Back to my topic: So what the heck is this Obama crony talking about? Who's running the asylum called "Washington, DC"?
Outgoing IRS Chief: Taxes Voluntary
On Friday, former acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller, testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee, said that America’s tax system is “voluntary.”
During the hearing, Rep. Devin Nunes (D-CA) said in passing that the U.S. tax code is a "voluntary system." Miller simply responded, "Agreed."
This line has been used before by none other than Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Interviewed by Jan Helfeld in 2008, this is how the conversation went:
Helfeld: If the government is in the business of forcefully taking money from some people in order to provide welfare benefits to others, how will the people whose money is being taken feel about the government?
Reid: Well, I don’t accept your phraseology. I don’t think we force people-
Helfeld: Taxation is not forceful?
Reid: Well, no ..
Helfeld: It’s voluntary?
Reid: Quite the contrary. Our system of government Is a voluntary tax system
Helfeld: If you don’t want to pay your taxes, you don’t have to?
Reid: Of course you have to pay your taxes