posted on Oct, 2 2013 @ 12:31 PM
This is an interesting issue which has become muddled (to say the least) by both sides during the bickering.
Midway down the article is a series of statements from the IRS regarding the enforcement of the penalties/taxes/dowry, whatever they conveniently call
it depending on which court they're arguing in front of.
Shulman, April 5, 2010:I think there's a couple important points that I would make, though, about our role in health reform. One is that these
are not the kinds of things — check the box whether you're here or not [whether you have bought insurance] — that we send agents out about. These
are things where you get a letter from us. Second is Congress was very careful to make sure that there was nothing too punitive in this bill. …
First of all, there's no criminal sanctions for not paying this, and there's no ability to levy a bank account or do seizures, some of the other
But then, we see this:
Shulman, April 5, 2010: My belief is while some people may play with the kind of question that was asked, the vast majority of American people
have a healthy respect for the law and want to be compliant with their tax obligations and whatever else the law holds. People will get letters from
us. We can actually do collection if need be. People can get offsets of their tax returns in future years, so there's a variety of ways for us
to focus on things like fraud, things like abuse, and we're gonna run a balanced program.
Note the bolded portion above. Collection? Hmm... First of all, the rest of the statement is complete bullsquat. The majority of us would send
photocopies of our middle fingers to the IRS every year if they didn't have tools like liens, levys, garnishments, siezures, and ultimately prison.
There's a reason the tax man is viewed with hatred and bile by most of us. Beyond that, what does IRS collection entail?
Searching for that, I discovered this:
That document lays out the entire IRS collection process... note that in all aspects it involves levys, liens, and siezures. It also can involve the
court system. Funny thing about courts, once they order you to pay something, refusal by you to do so leads to contempt of court and jail time. Note
that the IRS isn't sending you to jail, the court is sending you to jail for refusal of a court order. Seems nitpicky... but then our entire law is
just a big pile of nits to pick through.