James BovardJames Bovard, (1956- ) American author, lecturer

James Bovard Quote

“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 BovardJames Bovard
~ James Bovard

The IRS vs. You, American Spectator, P. 42, November 1995

Ratings and Comments


J Carlton, Calgary

The tax code is an elaborate license to steal.

E Archer, NYC

And if the Obamanites have their way, the IRS will be the intermediary between you and your health care -- what will they presume next?

Mike, Norwalk

"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.

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