Saturday, May 7, 2011

Open letter to the IRS

Thanks to Dave Zuniga, I have started down the long road of understanding the tax code.  I will be relying on answers from the IRS to my questions as I go about determining what "the tax imposed upon... a head of a household, [or] a married individual filing a separate return," as described at the beginning of Title 26.  This is because I am afraid that despite the horror of the situation in which it has placed us, powerful agents of the federal government continue working to enforce it.  My first request was for a link to or the text of "subsection Sec. 1(b)" or of "subsection Sec. 1(d)" of section 1, as indicated in Title 26, § 1.1-1   Income tax on individuals, (a)(2)(i):

Hi IRS Folks,

I have a few questions, as I am attempting to establish what tax is imposed upon me, given that I have a choice whether to file as a Head of household, a married couple filing jointly, or a married individual filing a separate return, or, presumably, not filing a return at all:

  1. Are the contents of "subsection Sec. 1(b)" or of "subsection Sec. 1(d)" of section 1, as indicated in Title 26, § 1.1-1   Income tax on individuals, (a)(2)(i) available anywhere on the Internet?  If not, I will need that information in order to determine and pay any income tax I owe.
  2. One of the options on the 1040 is "Married filing jointly", but Title 26, § 1.1-1   Income tax on individuals, (a)(2)(i) does not mention where the imposition can be determined, that is, none of the rows in the table there indicates which subsection of section 1 contains the "appropriate table" for a married individual filing jointly.
  3. If I must file a return, please send me the list of possible IRS forms and the text of the law that imposes the requirement on me.  There are 2 occurrences of "file" near "shall" near "1040" in the e-CFR data as of May 5th, and neither of them asserts that anyone shall file the form.  I tried the word "must" as well, and got three more hits, but they all apply to "Coordination of United States and Virgin Islands income taxes."

Without this information, I will unable to determine or pay any income tax I owe.

I do have another question which only affects my personal moral Scylla and Charybdis, which may or may not be more important to you than upholding the requirements of your job:

  1. Is there any recourse for a victim of the imposition of the income tax to avoid supporting immoral government programs without imposing on his or her fellow countrymen the added tax burden of supporting another prisoner convicted of not paying taxes?  For example, does the IRS prosecute War Resistors despite the gross immorality of doing so?


After doing some more research, I have determined that any information from the IRS may not be useful anyway.  It appears that we need a new justice system.  However, asking the questions might help existing IRS personnel to follow the law more carefully.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Send the IRS a Certified Letter

The IRS provides a live chat help function, and I figured I'd use it to find out where I can send my questions about taxation.  Unfortunately, the live chat wasn't much help.  For your entertainment, here is how it went:

Chat InformationThank you for contacting the IRS Web Site Help Desk, one of our representatives will be with you in approximately 1 minute(s). We would like your feedback regarding your chat experience. At the conclusion of this chat, you will be invited to take a short survey. Thank you.
Chat InformationYou are now chatting with 'Andrea'
Chat InformationYour Issue ID for this chat is LTK4190162860788X
Andrea: Thank you for contacting the Web Site Help Desk.  How may I help you?
Dave Scotese: If I want to send something certified mail to the IRS, what is the best address to use?
Andrea: We apologize, but the IRS Service Centers do not list their street addresses on the IRS Web site. For any mailing alternative not available on the IRS Web site, please call our toll-free assistance line at: Individuals: 1-800-829-1040 Businesses: 1-800-829-4933 Outside the U.S.: 215-516-2000 TTY/TDD: 1-800-829-4059 IRS Hours of Operation: 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Andrea: Is there anything else I can assist you with today?
Dave Scotese: So there is no way to get a written address from the IRS for the address to use?
Andrea: The IRS website does have address available on the website to mail particular items, but the do not provide the actual street address for these locations.
Andrea: If you need the actual street address you will need to call one of the numbers provided above related to you specific situation.
Andrea: Is there anything else I can assist you with today?
Dave Scotese: I looked through those items, but none of them fit the requirement. The certified letter I would like to send is a list of questions.
Andrea: I do apologize, you will need to call the number provided above for further assistance. 
Dave Scotese: Thanks for trying anyway.

I heard there was an address for them in Fresno, so I'm going to try this one:
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Fresno, CA 93888-0002