A good friend of mine from college has gone a bit…erm…wacky in her post-graduate years. She isn’t very stable and comes from a family with a history of mental illness.
We recently had lunch. During that conversation, she went on about how the IRS is an illegal organization, that only those selling drugs or alcohol have to pay taxes, that the 1040 form isn’t actually for the continental US but instead is for the Virgin Islands and thus an illegal form, etc. There was something also about how we are in the war in Iraq because we need not just the oil, but the drug money to run lower Wall Street businesses. She said her parents had been audited, and once they sent a letter detailing such things, the IRS left them alone (??). She then also described that, come to find out, her credit card company (Visa) was also an illegal organization and that she was protesting having to pay her debt with them as they don’t have the right to exist. ??
Aside from it being a bit disturbing to hear my friend describe her descent from reality (there was plenty more that had nothing to do with money), I was beginning to wonder…how would the IRS and Visa treat her? Do they prosecute the same as anyone, or is it sort of a “how nature says do not touch” thing?
I’m curious about whether the IRS really backed down from her folks, or just kinda backed away slowly. I’d assume the credit card company would still come after her money, but who knows.