you first sit down with a person who has been victimized
by a con artist specializing in investment/tax shelter fraud,
you need to understand that these people have spent/lost
a fortune pursuing a nonexistent "Grail," represented
to hold the secrets of financial prosperity that everyone
assures them exists. The people have been indoctrinated
(usually at significant expense) to believe things that
you are going to find hard believe.
dealing with your Client, bear in mind that tax protests
are typically considered to be "patriotic." It
was, after all, a group tax protesters that staged the great
"Tea Party" in Boston. In addition to the patriotic
appeal, in many cases, these pitchmen capitalize upon religious
convictions. In all cases, bear in mind that the wife may
have been pushed to go along with things in spite of her
intuitions. The effect on the marriage when it all blows
up can be disastrous.
is also a good bit of fear and paranoia involved in some
of these cases. For example, I have had Clients who attended
seminars where nabobs proclaimed that the New World Order
established the Federal Reserve in 1910, during a secret
meeting on Jekyll Island, attended by a cartel of international
bankers, as a means of controlling governments and benefiting
the wealthy at the common man's expense.
The whole story is laid out in, The Creature from Jekyll
Island, a cult classic if ever there was one, promoted
by those who market it as being second in significance only
to the Bible. Written by G. Edward Griffin, a masterful
proponent of conspiracy theory, this book promises to provide
a "complete report on the secrets of the international
monetary system" and encourages everyone to believe
that, "You don't have to be dumb to be a Christian
or a good Catholic." I trust that you share my
profound sense of relief.
the time they come to you, Clients usually realize, and
are prepared to believe, that they made some bad choices.
They may accept that, but they usually haven't lost faith
in that elusive Grail. I have had Clients take money salvaged
from one scam, and dump it into another one equally as ridiculous.
to Brother Branscum's Holy Rolling Salvation Show.
take my text from 2 Peter 1: 20,
this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any
private interpretation." And so it is for
the Tax Code.
matter what your Client was told, they cannot refuse to
pay taxes or "opt out," and the vast majority
of "clever" tax strategies are ludicrous shams.
Many of them actually result in the embezzlement of the
I want to address the "you can legally refuse to file/pay"
nonsense. Then we will talk about the promotion of these
programs and the consequences.
Refusal to Pay - "If you're gonna
be stupid, you better be tough."
"stupid" seems like a harsh word, consider for
a moment that we are talking about people who fully believe
that they are going to walk into a federal court and convince
a judge that the tax code is unconstitutional. The links
below take you to pages debunking the common arguments,
and citing cases accordingly, but what these people actually
need is simple, common sense.
federal judge would sooner agree that you can legally kill
presidents on the first Thursday of the month, than abolish
the Country's source of revenue. We could do without a few
Presidents, but without revenue, the whole Country goes
down the tubes. The ludicrous arguments that follow have
been cited so many times it defies belief, in spite of the
fact that no judge anywhere has ever found them persuasive.
As you will see, judges have grown so tired of this "tax
protester" rhetoric that they respond with sarcasm
and sanctions - not to mention the penalties, interest and
jail time that the IRS demands.
Global Prosperity, or Institute of Global Prosperity, which
has also been known by a number of other names, is a prime
example of those who market and promote ludicrous "tax
secrets" to those who pay to attend their seminars.
Their credibility relies upon people like Bill Benson, author
of The Law That Never Was, and Judge Rizzo, who claims to
have somehow refined Benson's balderdash. Here is the published
statement of one of their true believers, David
Table of Offenses - "Bringin 'em home
that you can persuade your potential Client to abandon the
nonsense that these scam artists preach, they should understand
that all these tax related "secrets" are a scam
- once that sinks in, they immediately start wondering how
much trouble they face.
not, if they are still arguing after reading the facts and
cases presented above, you have wasted enough of your valuable
time. "When intellectuals argue with drunks or
morons, bystanders cannot tell who is whom."
Table of Offenses that follows is limited to the exposure
your Client will be most likely to face - assuming the best
case scenario. Never assume the best case scenario. For
example, if your Client engaged in these activities to conceal
assets in anticipation of a bankruptcy filing, or in an
attempt to launder money, there are a litany of other issues
to contend with.
sure, absolutely sure, that your Client is advised that
dealing with their own exposure/liability issues is the
first priority. They need to hire an attorney with experience
in the IRS mitigation process, and nothing you could possibly
do would be more valuable than steering them in the right
here for: Table
Sharing the Gospel - Martyrdom and the unGreat
of these tax scams provide for some sort of reward for those
true believers who preach their gospel, and some actually
require promotional participation as a condition of involvement
or advancement. Your Client will believe, and vehemently
argue, that their activities are lawful and, in fact, protected
under the First Amendment. Perhaps that sounds reasonable,
but the Courts see it differently.
Click here for: The
unGospel and Martyrdom
The Disciples Unmasked
Irwin Schiff, Bill Benson, Robbie Struckman,
Lynn Meredith, Devy Kidd, Bill Drexler, Thurston Bell, .
. . these people are much like some kind of latter day Jim
Jones, but with a wicked twist. They know they are peddling
poison, but they keep right on encouraging people to "drink
the Kool Aid," assuring them it's totally safe, while
denying the existence of all the rotting corpses of their
"true believers" reeking in the background.
I have investigated most of these people for
various clients. I'll post some highlights as time permits.
Finally, I take my text from Matthew 22:21,
"Render therefore unto Caesar
the things which are Caesar's . . ."
bitter truth is, no judge is ever going to endorse a scheme
that was orchestrated to eliminate revenue (tax evasion)
or thwart the will of the court (Asset Protection Sham Trusts).
Anyone willing to entertain the notion that some fast talking
clown has managed to concoct a scheme that "hamstring's"
the judge in their efforts to dispense justice, and effectively
frustrates the court's intent to promote equity, needs to
be wearing a tinfoil hat.
questions and suggestions.