What if, there were a pool of people who were not happy with the cozy relationship between government and business? What if this pool of people also shared a disdain for the death that occurs in foreign countries using the tools developed by a large portion of our tax dollars? Could we deduce then, that it is our obligation not to pay taxes, to this regime that is contrary to basic human goodness?
1) American Student Loans are collected by government agents, the IRS. So if one person were to feel it their duty to default on these loans, as the companies who hold them have failed and no longer exist, they would have the IRS collect this debt from them. It seems odd in a nation that claims to be capitalist, but it is truth at the moment.
I am not saying to ‘do this,’ I am only hypothesizing for the moment. What if a group of people decided to obtain jobs (or switch their current employment to this status) that are either 1099 (meaning self-employed) or in the cash economy? What if these people then decided not to file their tax returns, ever? These people would not be saying, ‘I don’t pay taxes,’ as that thesis could land them in jail. Instead they are saying, we are committing a misdemeanor by not filing, one in which we as a group are willing to commit?
The consequences of this unwritten statement would be to open oneself up to potential IRS audits. The IRS would come down on those publicizing this way for sure, and there would be a sure percentage of this group who would be audited, would be forced to pay back taxes plus penalties, and would end with a misdemeanor on their record.
There is no way that 100% of these people would be audited, especially since those with a risk appetite high enough to do so, probably have few actual assets and low earnings. So in this case, could the small percentage group that was audited and suffered the consequences of their actions, turn to raise money for paying their fines, back taxes, and penalities to the IRS? Could they, represent themselves in a court of law, so as to not incur any legal expenses, and have the intention of 1) remaining silent, 2) pleading guilty, then 3) immediately crowdfunding the money from a sympathetic audience, so as to not have any actual monetary consequences bared by any individual, instead have them spread out and handled by the collective.
Would a wealthy and sympathetic audience support such actions? Are there patriots out there who think that the current system is too off kilter, that it may need more internal pressure to change? Could these collective actions bear any fruit?