Here’s a man who worked all his life, retiring with 30 years service to General Electric, somehow deciding that he could just “volunteer out” of the federal tax system. He did and now that choice is costing him his freedom.
Something changed. My guess is that he somehow became influenced by all of those who claim that the federal income tax is unconstitutional – there is no law establishing it’s existence – and so on. The same “bull” that Wesley Snipes found himself caught up in. Look for my prior blogs on the subject and see the comments – I am still amazed that folks fall for that “BS”! But, alas, Bennett did. He stopped filing tax returns in 1995 although he had income from wages and pensions from GE.
His defense – Bennett believed that he had “volunteered out” of the federal tax system, and Bennett also raised various additional, and frivolous, tax protestor arguments. NOTE: These only get you a prison sentence!
OUTCOME: Bennett is sentenced to 21 months in federal prison. At age 64, this is not likely how Bennett planned on spending his retirement.
Your comments are welcome! And by the way, if you’re going to comment on the tax protestor side, have the guts to elect not to file yourself and oh, publish your name for the IRS to find – only then will you be real in your beliefs. Otherwise, it’s just hot air that takes you no where but prison. Believe me I know – I’ve been there.
White Collar Crime Speaker – Chuck Gallagher – signing off