When it comes to the IRS, everyone loves to hate. That’s why there is no shortage of IRS-related conspiracy theories, lies, and myths bouncing around the internet. Here’s your guide to what you should not believe about the IRS.
Myth #1: IRS Document (Publication) 6209 States That the IRS is Not a Government Agency
False False False!! There are people writing that something called Document 6209 (a true IRS publication, yes) states that the US does not own the IRS, that the IRS reports to the UK. Not only that, but that this proves we’re still slaves!!!!
Are these people high? Well yes possibly if you look at their writing. Purposely convoluted and misleading, the ramblings of these people are barely intelligible. OK get this one: in IRS Publication 6209 the IMF is mentioned. Document 6209 is basically a list of codes used by the IRS to keep tax data on file. Every taxpayer has a file, and it’s in code. This file is called the Individual Master File. The initials are IMF.
IMF also stands for International Monetary Fund. So these misguided writers out there are taking this to say that we are sending out tax dollars to the IMF!! What a drastic leap! It’s actually not really a leap because a leap implies a jump from one thing to another. This is more like a jump off a cliff. There’s no connection whatsoever!!!
Myth #2: You Don’t Have to File Income Taxes Because They are Illegal
This is a really popular one lately. It’s also convenient to believe this myth because it means you get out of paying thousands of dollars in federal income taxes. Some claim that paying income tax is voluntary. Whoa nellie! Some of us pay but others get to opt out of taxes? Don’t think so! Do those same people also opt out of government services? Opt out of driving on highways? Opt out of living in the US?
The arguments for the whole income tax is illegal/voluntary bit are weak and irrelevant. They never hold up in court so don’t believe the myths, please.