“The poor man does not regard his wages or salary as an income.”
~Kentucky Governor A.E. Wilson, New York Times, Feb. 26, 1911
Photo: The Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol Building was the final stop for Freedom Drive 2002. We the People Congress delegates from nearly every state drove in convoys to lawfully demand answers to questions pertinent to the income tax. The government refused to answer. In fall, 2003, WTP declared its intention to file a class action lawsuit seeking an order compelling government to answer legitimate questions about the income tax. (Photo Art Norris)
On November 14, 2002, near the steps of this nation’s Capitol, an estimated 600 members of the We The People (WTP) Congress assembled on the National Mall between Jefferson and Madison streets. The D.C. rally was a bold step in We The People’s four-year long quest: To successfully petition the federal government to answer hundreds of specific, well-documented legal allegations of gross violations of law that have arisen from the enforcement and administration of U.S. income tax laws. What follows is a multi-year chronological record of the steps Bob Schulz and WTP took to compel our government to answer legitimate questions concerning the way it interprets the 16th Amendment.
by Don Harkins
March: Bob Schulz became aware of serious problems with the federal income tax. Schulz’s initial research into the income tax lead him to conclude there are substantial legal questions regarding the origin of the 16th Amendment. Also in question were the methods the IRS uses to collect the federal income tax and enforce the 16th Amendment.
In response, Schulz formed We The People Foundation (WTP) and called for an official debate between tax and legal researchers and representatives of the IRS and Department of Justice. It was Schulz’s intent to invite government officials to a public debate where they could officially rebut the legal research and claims of tax truth advocates.
April: WTP publicly announced its intention to hold a symposium on the legality of the income tax.
May 5: WTP forwarded a letter to President Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. The letter, copied to then IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti, outlines WTP’s grievances with an income tax that causes some Americans to be imprisoned while bankrupting others. The May 5 letter was accompanied with attachments in support of WTP conclusions that the 16th Amendment was never properly ratified, no statute requires individuals to pay federal income tax, and filing a tax return forces Americans to waive their 5th Amendment rights.
The letter respectfully requested the federal government to “identify the people with the best legal minds to argue against these conclusions and have those people participate in the symposium.” The government did not respond.
June 4: WTP sent a follow up letter to Clinton, Lott, Hastert and Rossotti to inform them that the public symposium will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., July 1-2. The government did not respond.
July 1-2: The symposium was held and broadcast live on C-SPAN 2. WTP was represented by ex-IRS agent Joe Banister, author Bill Benson, author Bill Conklin, attorney Lowell Becraft, activist Devvy Kidd and WTP Chairman Bob Schulz. The government, not bothering to acknowledge receipt of WTP’s respectfully submitted requests, failed to attend. It was announced at the symposium that a Citizen’s summit would be scheduled for the coming fall.
November 13: The “Citizens’ Summit to End Unlawful Income Tax” was held at the National Press Club. Citizens from 16 states assembled to hear WTP speakers and sign a “Remonstrance” intended to end the illegal tax collections and unlawful enforcement operations of the IRS. The government did not respond or attend.
April 13: Delegates from all 50 States assembled in D.C. to serve the Remonstrance on the illegal operations of the IRS’s collection of income taxes. Clinton, Lott, Hastert (and Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist) were also given copies of the July1-2 symposium videotape and other supporting documents. Clinton, et. al., were asked to respond to WTP. The events of the day were videotaped. WTP recorded direct promises from several high-level officials representing the Executive and Legislative branches of government that their respective branches would participate in a June 29 conference where income tax issues would be publicly discussed.
June 2: White House spokesman Jason Furman stated that, “The legality of the income tax is not a high-priority item at the White House,” and the White House had “...decided not to participate in any conference on the subject.”
All those in government who had promised to participate in the conference followed the White House lead and refused to participate.
June 29: WTP held the all-day conference without the federal government bothering to attend.
July 7: WTP ran its first of several full page ads in the nationwide edition of USA Today. The headline states: “Most Citizens are Not Required to File an Income Tax Return, the 16th (Income Tax) Amendment to the Constitution is a Fraud. If You File, You Waive Your 5th Amendment Rights.”
November 19: The initial USA Today ad continued to generate tremendous response from people all over the country. The New York Times ran an investigative article on employers who have stopped withholding income taxes from employees’ paychecks.
February 16-17: WTP ran its second full-page nationwide USA Today ad featuring three former IRS agents who resigned from the IRS after learning the truth about the tax laws. WTP held a meeting on the 17th in Arlington, VA, to kickoff “Project Toto,” a million dollar nationwide education campaign to bring the truth to the American public.
March 2 and 23: WTP ran two more full-page nationwide ads in USA Today. The ad of March 2 featured employers who had stopped withholding taxes on employees’ paychecks because there is no law requiring wage withholding. The March 23 ad featured several prominent tax researchers including Bill Benson, Larken Rose and John Kotmair. Benson’s 1980s research conclusively documents that the 16th Amendment was fraudulently ratified. Larken Rose tells the American people that our wages and salaries are not taxable because they do not come from taxable sources according to U.S. tax law statutes.
March 30: WTP was informed that the Senate Finance Committee would hold a hastily-called hearing on April 5 to specifically address the WTP’s full-page ads in USA Today. WTP formally requested to be a hearing witness but was denied the right to testify at the hearing.
April 5: Schulz and several other WTP representatives attended the Senate Finance Committee hearing where the WTP ads were blown up into large exhibits. After the hearing, WTP held a press conference outside the Senate office building. Press kits documenting WTP’s attempts to publicly debate the government on the income tax were provided to the media. New York Times reporter David Cay Johnston told WTP that he told IRS officials the agency is mishandling WTP and should publicly address the group’s grievances.
April 9: Hundreds of WTP supporters assembled in Washington, D.C., marching from the Jefferson memorial to the IRS headquarters. Although repeatedly invited, Rossotti refused to address the gathered crowd. WTP decided that official silence justified additional measures be taken in opposition to unlawful operations of the IRS. WTP states the next logical step is to encourage American citizens to stop filing tax returns and for American businesses to stop withholding taxes from employee paychecks. WTP believes this tactic will force government to answer questions about the income tax.
April 11: USA Today informed WTP that it will refuse to run any more WTP ads after the IRS met with its legal department, claiming WTP is advising Americans to break the law by not filing until the government answers questions about the income tax.
July 1: WTP Chairman Schulz began a hunger strike in Washington, D.C., vowing to continue until he dies or the government agrees to answer WTP’s questions. Schulz’s hunger strike received national network media attention.
July 18: The White House intervened to stop the hunger strike. White House Economic Advisor Lawrence Lindsey wrote and delivered a letter to Schulz saying Schulz would be receiving a substantive response from the IRS.
July 19: IRS Commissioner Rossotti called to say his experts would meet with Schulz and his experts in a recorded public forum to answer WTP’s questions. That afternoon, Attorney General Ashcroft called to say the same thing.
July 20: Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) announced that Assistant U.S. Attorney General Dan Bryant, following direct negotiations with Schulz, agreed in writing to publicly answer WTP’s questions about the income tax. Bartlett promised that the IRS will be at the hearings. The historic event was scheduled for September 25-26, 2001.
September 12: WTP agreed to postpone the Sept. 25-26 hearings due to the tragedy of Sept. 11. The hearings were rescheduled for Feb. 27-28, 2002.
Photo: Former marine engineer and WTP Chairman Bob Schulz has given the federal government every opportunity to answer basic questions regarding the income tax. (Photo Art Norris)
January 17: Rep. Bartlett withdrew as congressional sponsor of the WTP/IRS hearings. Though Bartlett claimed WTP’s “Wait to File Until the Trial” (after the Feb. 27-28 hearings) campaign motivated his withdrawal, WTP learned that the IRS and DOJ had secretly informed Bartlett (as early as November, 2001) they would not attend the meeting as promised and he (Rep. Bartlett) would be forced to face expectant Americans by himself. Schulz announced that, “A constitutional crisis has developed.”
January 31: WTP released a preliminary list of 299 questions for the IRS and arranged to hold Feb 27-28 hearings as scheduled regardless of government’s decision to renege on its promises.
February 10: WTP ran a full-page ad in The New York Times publicly challenging the IRS and the Department of Justice to answer the legal questions. There was no response from either agency.
Feb 27-28: WTP held its “Truth in Taxation” hearings with the federal government, again, in absentia. The two-day hearing was broadcast live via a multimedia Internet broadcast. Viewers were able to review the legal exhibits online as they watched the proceedings. Attorneys, including an ex-IRS Office of Counsel, former IRS agents, CPAs, and other tax and legal researchers testified under oath for two days about the legal fraud of our current federal income tax system.
April 4/8: On April 4, notice was provided to the White House, to every member of the president’s cabinet, to the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee concerning evidence of fraud at the IRS. The notice stated that WTP would be holding a briefing on the subject at the National Press Club on April 8, 2002, at which a forensic accountant would be presenting the evidence. The notice also mentioned that the briefing would be broadcast live, via the Internet. There was no response from any government representative.
On April 8, 2002, WTP hand-delivered a copy of a certified transcript of the Citizens’ Truth-In-Taxation Hearing to every member of the Senate Finance Committee, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the Chairman of the House IRS Oversight Committee, President Bush and Lawrence Lindsey. There was no response from the government.
April 15: All 535 Congressmen and the president were formally served copies of the record plus the evidence presented at the Truth-in-Taxation hearing. Thousands of petitions from citizens demanded that their representatives respond to the findings of the hearing. Only a handful of representatives bothered to reply—not one response addressed the core issues.
July: WTP announced Freedom Drive 2002. Preparations for thousands of Americans to drive to D.C. and personally deliver petitions for redress of grievances began.
October 7: WTP posted four formal Petitions for Redress of Grievances on the Internet. Thousands signed the petitions documenting violations of our Constitution regarding the Iraq War Resolution, the USA Patriot Act, the Federal Reserve Act and the federal Individual Income Tax.
November 8: The cross-country Freedom Drive began in San Francisco. The four Petitions were formally served on every member of Congress and the president via legal process service. The Petitions requested our representatives from the government to answer WTP on the National Mall Thursday, November 14.
November 14: Freedom Drive 2002 arrived in D.C. and participants gathered on the Mall. The government showed its contempt for the American People and their Constitution by completely ignoring the formal and properly submitted Petitions. In his speech on the Mall, Schulz announced WTP’s “No Answers, NO Taxes” response to government silence.
January 26: WTP announced formation of the WTP Legal Defense Association (LDA). This nonprofit organization intends to provide professional legal defenses for members accused of violating U.S. tax laws. The low cost LDA memberships are for both Citizens and businesses that have stopped filing, paying or withholding as part of the “No Answers, NO Taxes” initiative.
July 25: WTP announced it is going forward with the filing of a class-action lawsuit against the federal government for its refusal to answer the four Petitions from the People.
Fall, 2003: We the People v. The United States of America is being prepared and plans to prosecute this historic class action lawsuit are going forward as of this printing.
WTP has meticulously documented each step in the process of attempting to compel our government to meet its constitutional obligation to answer four Petitions for Redress of Grievances. The entire record is available at www.givemeliberty.org.
Also available are audio and video tapes and CD-ROMs revealing the respectful and deliberate manner in which WTP has proceeded from 1999 to present.
The Founding Fathers explained the right to petition a government in response to unresolved grievances. At the Continental Congress, the Founders passed an official Act clearly stating the right of the people to refrain from paying taxes to a government that was acting outside the boundaries drawn around its power:
“If money is wanted by Rulers who have in any manner oppressed the People, they may retain it [their money] until their grievances are redressed, and thus peaceably procure relief, without trusting to despised petitions or disturbing the public tranquility.”
If the Founders were here today to witness the events that have transpired since their gift to this nation, they would surely stand shoulder to shoulder, from sea to shining sea, with We the People as they shout, “No Answers, NO Taxes!”
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