IRS vs. Kuglin
by Carl F. Worden
Forget the war in Iraq, Afghanistan and our excellent adventure in Liberia.
Forget about Kobe, Arnold, Arriana, Scott and Laci. The biggest news
of the entire week is that on August 8, 2003, the IRS was unable to
convince a jury in Memphis, Tennessee that the Federal Tax Code requires
the citizens to pay individual income taxes. I kid you not. I watched
as many Sunday news programs as I could possibly stand, and I didnt
hear a single mention of the IRS debacle in Memphis. If you ever
had doubts about the mainstream media being controlled by the federal
government, doubt no more.
For those not already aware, FedEx Pilot Vernice Kuglin began studying
the IRS Code some years ago, and was simply unable to find anywhere
in the code that she was required to pay federal income taxes.
And heres the most remarkable part: Back in 1995, Kuglin wrote
letters in good faith to the IRS, asking them to show her where the
Tax Code requires individual citizens to pay federal income taxes. Incredibly,
the IRS never answered a single one of her letters!
As she studied the facts, laws and related documents more, Kuglin became
convinced that, regardless of the IRS failure to respond one way
or the other, she was exempt from paying federal income taxes. So, Kuglin
filled out W-4 forms showing 99 exemptions, and turned them in to her
employer. Doing that meant Kuglin got to take home almost all of her
paycheck each payday, instead of what was left after the feds ravaged
The IRS went after Kuglin for six counts of tax evasion on $920,000.00
income, and for filing false W-4 forms, charges that could
have put the 58 year-old Kuglin in federal prison for up to 30 years
and cost her 1.5 million in fines.
Apparently, things didnt go quite the slam-dunk way federal prosecutor
Joe Murphy thought they would. My money says the IRS wishes they had
never gone after Kuglin at all. In fact, after the jury returned not
guilty verdicts on all counts, Murphy is reported to have demanded that
the judge order Kuglin to file her forms, pay her taxes and obey
the law. The judge reportedly replied, Sir, I dont
work for the IRS.
Now pinch yourself and review this astonishing turn of events: A highly
trained and educated federal prosecutor in Memphis was unable to convince
12 American citizens that Vernice Kuglin was required to pay federal
income taxes. He was clearly unable to produce a single section of the
Tax Code to that end, and the jury was unanimous in clearing Kuglin
of all charges against her. If the foregoing was not so, Kuglin would
have been convicted.
Jurors tend not to be very sympathetic with tax scofflaws, since each
one of them is also a taxpayer and they understandably feel resentment
towards anyone not paying their fair share. So in order
for this federal jury to completely vindicate Kuglin, the governments
failure to prove their case against her had to have been clear and unequivocal!
I havent read the trial transcript yet, but I must assume the
federal prosecutor at least tried to twist some vague and ambiguous
section of the Tax Code to make it look like it applied to Kuglin. I
dont know that, but Ill bet he tried. What else could he
use to prosecute her with?
Thanks to the IRS arrogance and stupidity, and Kuglins refusal
to plead to lesser charges, Kuglin accomplished what Bob Schultz and
the other tax protesters had been denied all along: To force
the IRS into a public debate and to answer the question of whether or
not the Tax Code requires an individual to pay personal income taxes.
Kuglin and her two attorneys, Larry Becraft and Robert Bernhoft, have
unequivocally forced the IRS to show its hand, and 12 judges hearing
that debate ruled the answer to be NO.
I think its time for everyone reading this to send a very polite
letter to the IRS, telling them they read about the case in Memphis,
and is it true that there is no section in the U.S. Tax Code that requires
an individual citizen to pay federal income taxes?
Dont be threatening in any way, or announce that you plan to stop
paying federal income taxes. This request is for your personal edification,
and you just simply want to know the truth.
Like Kuglin, you probably wont get an answer back, but just to
prove you sent the letter and that they received it, be certain to send
the letter via certified U.S. Mail, with a return receipt requested.
When you get that receipt back, staple it to a copy of the letter you
sent the IRS, and put it somewhere real secure, like a personal safe
or bank deposit box.
I dont have to explain why, now do I?
Now, how many calls to FOX Bill OReilly will it take to
convince him we know hes doing a spin in the No-Spin Zone by sitting
on this story? Start e-mailing OReilly at firstname.lastname@example.org,
and be sure to give him your city and state. Hes gonna love me.
Carl F. Worden
This is the original story:
Today in a Memphis Federal Court Vernice B. Kuglin (Vernie) was found
not guilty of six counts of Tax evasion and Willful failure to file
tax returns. Ms. Kuglin's Attorneys Larry Becraft and Robert G. Bernhoft
told reporters that Ms Kuglin was indicted seven months ago and had
refused to plead the case out for a lesser sentence.
Trial started on Monday morning August 4 with jury selection and testimony
began Tuesday morning. During her testimony Ms Kuglin testified that
since 1995 she had sent numerous letters to the IRS requesting that
they inform her of what law required her to pay the Individual Income
Tax. To this day she has not received an answer to that very important
question. On Friday afternoon at 1:30 the jury returned not guilty verdicts
on all counts.
After the jury had been excused the U.S. Attorney demanded that the
Judge order the defendant to file her forms, pay her taxes and obey
the law. The Judge replied "Sir, I don't work for the IRS."