17 September 2008

""... this letter serves to inform you of the potential consequence of the position you have taken .."

From my pal Mike Palecek this morning:

The past two years, in the spring of each year, I took a book tour.

In the spring of 2007 I went east to promote The American Dream.

This past spring I went west to talk about Iowa Terror and The Cost of Freedom.

Each year, before I left, I sent in a letter to the IRS, since it was also tax time. Basically, what I said was that I wish to protest against what our government is doing to the American people and to the people of the world.

My two letters are copied below.

This week I received a letter from the IRS saying that unless I reverse my position, they will impose on me a $5,000 fine for "frivolous filing."

"... this letter serves to inform you of the potential consequence of the position you have taken and to offer you an opportunity to correct your submission within thirty days."

Well, I can't do that.

I believe we are living under a criminal government, and it is the duty of any citizen to resist that criminality, that basic immorality which is the norm today.

-- Mike Palecek
I agree.

I should note, Mike didn't "not" pay his taxes, since they're automatically taken out of his paychecks. "If anything," he writes, "I relinquished the refund I would have received. I'm not sure what it would have been."

The letters:
Internal Revenue Service
3539 Southern Hills Drive
Sioux City, Iowa 51106

Hello.

Enclosed is my tax form for this year.

It is crossed-out because I do not wish to cooperate with the government of George W. Bush.

President Bush has chosen to spend our tax dollars on war and killing while cutting spending on social programs.

As a Christian, I cannot go along with this.

I must protest.

Sincerely,
Mike Palecek

March 27, 2007

Internal Revenue Service
Kansas City, MO 64999-002

Hello,

Enclosed is a crossed-out tax form.

I will not cooperate with the murderous regime of George W. Bush.

President Bush and his administration planned and carried out the attacks on the United States on 9-11-01, in order to attack Iraq and steal their oil.

In the eyes of Bush and Cheney and Rove, the war is going according to plan. They and their friends are making millions, billions, from the oil, from the defense industry, while the poor go without, while social services are cut in order to pay for more war and killing.

As a Christian, I cannot go along with this.

I must protest.

Sincerely,
Mike Palecek

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