40 days of Frivolous Tax Arguments: Compliance with an administrative summons issued by the IRS is voluntary.

IRS sends taxpayer an administrative summons. Taxpayer claims that responding and complying is voluntary. Not so. A summons is a command to appear, testify, and produce documents, and the IRS is authorized to issue one. The district courts will enforce the summons, if necessary. And yes, there can be criminal penalties.

40 days of Frivolous Tax Arguments: The IRS must prepare federal tax returns for a person who fails to file.

Supporters of this bogus theory say that it’s the IRS’s responsibility to prepare and file a tax return for them if they don’t file. But the tax law really says that if someone doesn’t file their return, the IRS can prepare their return (i.e. make up numbers for the person). It doesn’t say that the … Read more 40 days of Frivolous Tax Arguments: The IRS must prepare federal tax returns for a person who fails to file.

Cheating Patriots Cheat Their Way to an NFL Record*

Yes. It’s true. The Cheater Patriots are now in the NFL record books for “going” 16-0 in the regular season. Of course, I put “going” in quotes, because we all know that their record really should not be even be considered a record. They were caught cheating early in the season, and should at least have that win taken away from them.

Instead, the NFL basically gave the Cheater Patriots a big “oh well” on the whole deal. Sure, they got a fine and lost a draft pick, but they should have had to give up the win against the Jets. I’m not sure why they got away with this. Lord knows that if it was the Green Bay Packers caught videotaping things in direct violation of the rules, we wouldn’t have heard the end of it all season. Nope. And there would have been much bigger sanctions.

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40 days of Frivolous Tax Arguments: Taxpayers can reduce their federal income tax liability by filing a “zero return.”

This one is at least a little creative. File a tax return showing no taxable income, and your taxes are zero. That would work if you really have no income. But since most of us have W-2s and 1099s and such, that “zero income” return is actually false… and you really do owe taxes. Don’t … Read more 40 days of Frivolous Tax Arguments: Taxpayers can reduce their federal income tax liability by filing a “zero return.”

Music you bought may not be yours to listen to as you please


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A lawsuit filed in Arizona shows that the music industry wants to control how you listen to the music you purchase. Jeffrey Howell purchased (legally) about 2,000 songs on various CDs. He then transferred those song s to his personal computer, and has been listening to them from there. And now he’s being sued by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The RIAA’s lawyer, Ira Schwartz, says in legal filings that the MP3 files Howell made from the CDs are “unauthorized copies” of the copyrighted songs.

Now, going after those who download songs illegally or share downloaded songs illegally – that’s one thing. But this is ludicrous. The guy purchased the CDs, and has a right to personally listen to them however he chooses. So long as he’s not “distributing” those songs, how can the RIAA really go after him? This screams insanity.

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40 days of Frivolous Tax Arguments: Payment of tax is voluntary.

Like yesterday’s bunk, this false assertion relies upon the idea that taxes are voluntary. Again, the concept that our tax system is based upon voluntary assessment and payment. But that doesn’t mean that taxes are voluntary all together. It means that taxpayers give up their information and tell the IRS how much they’re supposed to … Read more 40 days of Frivolous Tax Arguments: Payment of tax is voluntary.