Did he really say that?

Rush to Reason, by Dave Rush

One thing retirement does is give one plenty of time and opportunities to find some of the wackiest things in life.
This week, while vacationing in the Alleghany Mountains in Northwest North Carolina, I uncovered several little snippets while surfing the web. And I’d like to share one with you, one that I found most incredibly stupid and if it weren’t so serious would also be hilarious.
It was on the internet’s YouTube, which I don’t open very often.
A television reporter was interviewing a top government official about the current policy of using one’s taxes to pay for shortfalls of others, in short, a redistribution of wealth. This policy, as you know isn’t new, but has prevailed for a couple of generations, since welfare became an entitlement.
Anyhow, this government official allowed as to how income taxes are a voluntary matter, not required. The reporter pressed him on the statement, and he stood by it, firmly, telling the reporter he doesn’t know where he got the idea.
The reporter pointed that if you don’t pay your taxes, Katy bar the door!, Uncle Sam would come looking for you with his hand out in the shape of a tin cup, and if you continue to ignore that open hand, you could be several punished, financially or physically with jail time on your horizon. “Oh no”, said the official, “people don’t go to jail for not paying their taxes, although some may, but income taxes are strictly voluntary”.
This debate went on for severely minutes, on television, and the official adamantly refused to budge from his position.
Well, you and I know better, and so should the Government Official, who just happened to be one of the most powerful men in the country. His name? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Remember Friends, they walk among us.

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conchsoup writes:

Compliance is voluntary for paying your income taxes, just as is going the speed limit. There are laws and consequences for not following them but the responsibility is up to the individual to comply. The term 'voluntary' is the correct term applied to such a system.

Many countries make mandatory deductions from pay for their citizens. This is known as mandatory or compulsory compliance. While we have withholding tax mechanisms here in the US, it is up to the individual to compute the accuracy at the end of the year.

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