"However accurate or inaccurate the agency’s numbers may be, tax law explicitly presumes that the IRS is always right -- and implicitly presumes that the taxpayer is always wrong -- in any dispute with the government. In many cases, the IRS introduces no evidence whatsoever of its charges; it merely asserts that a taxpayer had a certain amount of unreported income and therefore owes a proportionate amount in taxes, plus interest and penalties."
James Bovard
(1956- ) American author, lecturer
The IRS vs. You, American Spectator, P. 42, November 1995
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The tax code is an elaborate license to steal.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    And if the Obamanites have their way, the IRS will be the intermediary between you and your health care -- what will they presume next?
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    "tax law" is a misnomer. More accurate is tyranny by plunder or enslavement by gun. "Assertion" is the key word. I've mentioned an accountant acquaintance before. He was originally charged with violating a non-existent statute and then convicted on arguments of fraud. It was said that he defrauded the government because without his expertise, his clients would have paid far more taxes.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    And people comply to this voluntarily...

     -- Abby     
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