In regards to Cheek v. United States, 498 U.S. 192 (1991): did John L. Cheek eventually pay his tax liability? He avoided the criminal conviction due to the whole “ignorance” vs “willingness” thing and the poor jury instructions, but he should still have been liable to pay the taxes, right? Did he end up paying it? Is there a follow up?
What other cases are commonly referenced as “victories” to the Tax Protestor Movement?
Has there been a single instance in the last 100 years where a person in the United States was able to avoid criminal prosecution or civil liability based on any of the Tax Protestor arguments such as the inability of the prosecution (or the IRS) to prove taxes are involuntary, etc. I’m specifically interested in any technicalities, or lower court decisions where the jury was just ready to go home that day, or something like that.
Out of nowhere, it appears I have two “taxes are voluntary” a-holes working along side me. I didn’t know that otherwise sane people actually believed this crap. I am going to go to work tomorrow with five $100 bills and offer to give them the money if they can show me a single instance where a person refused to pay taxes on the grounds that taxes are voluntary, and won the court case–either criminal or civil. Is this a safe bet?
The March 2018 The Truth About Frivolous Tax Arguments from the IRS mentions:
This statement has me cautious. Who are the “handful of taxpayers” who “avoided conviction” and under what grounds, I wonder? And, in any of those cases, did the IRS choose to not pursue any underlying tax liability?