Legality of the income tax called into question

In the early part of this century, a man named Bob Schulz asked the IRS to show him the law that says he has to pay an income tax. They ignored him time and time again. Since Article I of our Bill of Rights says that our government must answer our questions, the answer should have been forthcoming. Bob Schulz is still waiting for his answer. He has served his written questions over and over again, with no response from government.

Then came some notable tax “evasion” cases. Vernice Kuglin, a pilot for Federal Express, made the same claims as Bob Schulz, and was found not guilty by a jury in 2004. This year, a man named Whitey Harrell was also found not guilty by a jury. Mr. Harrell stated during his trial that he would gladly pay income taxes if someone would just show him the law. The jury found Mr. Harrell not guilty because the judge refused to show the jury the law, after two separate requests. An impressive video of a speech before the National Press Club by Jury Foreman Marcella Brooks is available for free viewing on the Internet.

Then, there’s the dramatic story of Ed and Elaine Brown of Plainfield, N.H. They, like Bob Schulz, have been searching in vain for the income tax law. Mr. Brown is a retired exterminator, and Mrs. Brown is a dentist with an active practice. One, or both, has been variously charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, tax evasion, willful failure to collect employment taxes, conspiracy to structure transactions, and structuring transactions. The Browns got their day in court last month, but were stymied when U.S. District Court Judge Steven McAuliffe made clear that he would allow the Browns to show that they honestly held unusual legal views, but would not allow them to try to persuade the jury of the accuracy of those ideas. Seeing the futility of being tried without being able to present evidence, Ed Brown simply went home and remains there today. He is refusing to return to court, and warns U.S. officials to stay away. He has publicly announced a $1,000,000 reward (real estate) if anyone can show him the law that compels him to pay income tax.

With $1,000,000 on the table, you would think that someone would find the law that compels us to pay an income tax. If you do find the law, a question arises. Will you claim the million dollars on your income taxes?

Bob Schulz’s Web site is Ed Brown’s Web site is

Rick Jones is a political activist and Rockford resident.

from the April 4-10, 2007, issue

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