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The truth will set you free

Dear Editor:

The goal of the Tea Party movement is to radically restructure the corrupt regime that, in league with bankers and the military-corporate complex, is devastating our economy and imposing tyranny. Well and good, except this patriotic grassroots uprising has been usurped by the very villains they are trying to defeat. The battle is not right-wing radicals against the current administration, it is the people against an out-of-control federal government.

It has taken decades to convey America to the very brink of disaster. For decades the federal government, both Democratic and Republican, have ignored and broken laws and subverted our Constitution. The Tea Partiers realize this, and their anger and organization has changed the political discourse.

The Tea Party movement can do far more than simply alter the discourse. It is within their power to easily restructure the federal government. They need only do what the original Tea Party did centuries ago, which was to refuse to pay an unjust tax. We can do the same today, simply by obeying the law.

The mighty machine has a crack in its armor. It can be very easily proven, beyond doubt, that there is no law that requires a citizen to withhold income tax from his/her paycheck. Income tax is a house of cards built without a foundation, maintained by oppression, prejudice and vested interest. Remove any card and they all fall, along with a government whose time has passed.

Here is the card that can set us free. Only withholding agents are authorized to withhold tax from a paycheck. The Internal Revenue Code defines a withholding agent at IRC 7701(a)(16) which states, “The term ‘withholding agent’ means any person required to deduct and withhold any tax under the provisions of Sections 1441, 1442, 1443 and 1461.” The first three sections apply to nonresident aliens and foreign corporations, while 1461 simply makes the agent responsible for monies collected. The IRS website adds the following; “You may be a withholding agent even if there is no requirement to withhold from a payment,” (i.e. if an employee volunteers to have money withheld.)

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There is the law, straightforward and not subject to interpretation. An employer is required to withhold tax from a paycheck only if the employee is a nonresident alien or foreign corporation. Members of the Tea Party need only to obey this law, refuse to have income tax withheld and watch a corrupt regime crumble.

Will Kesler

Snowmass Village