Memoirs of a Tax Resistor

AlT.jpg(Al Thompson, left)

“I know in my life, God has paid me
back for every rotten thing I have done, so how much more will it be for
the people who operate government?  Who can endure such a calamity?

by Al Thompson

Sometime in June 2003, at a meeting of income tax researchers of the “patriot” groups from all over the country, Jack Cohen held up a little, dark red income tax code book.

And in that book, it says that the internal revenue laws were repealed at 53 Stat 1.  My jaw dropped.  If that were true, it would simplify any presentations of evidence in any court or IRS hearing.  But what was more startling was that Jack was essentially ignored by almost all 20 researchers with the exception of me.  

Of course, the “patriot” groups made a lot of money helping people fight the IRS so it makes sense that a real solution would be ignored.  It’s like the medical profession: There’s no money in a cure.  I have had this posted on the internet for over seven years, and yet there has very little response.  The so-called “conservative” media wouldn’t touch the issue either.

I found myself in front of a federal judge in Sacramento who put me in jail for contempt of court because I wouldn’t comply with a court order to file my tax returns.

I asked him if he expected me to file the returns according to the law.  He indicated that it would be the case, and I then told him the internal revenue laws were repealed at 53 Stat 1, so where should I go from here? 

I am not willing to do any function that requires me to break any of God’s commandments. In this case I was expected to lie.   I was eventually released after 88 days but my business was destroyed, my marriage of 32 years was already in ruins, and my reputation severely compromised.  The New York Times seemed to  coordinate stories and my name was splattered all over the wire services.


My marriage was generally a happy one, but we did have our challenges.  The breaking point came when the DOJ started coming after me. My wife couldn’t take the pressure.  She would cry hysterically because her whole life was being turned upside down. 

One night she cried: “Please make this go away.”  She knew I was right on the tax issue, but it was extremely difficult or impossible to get any remedy.  I was devastated at the loss of my marriage, because coming from a divorced family myself, my big goal in life was to stay with the same woman for the rest of my life.

I had grown up with complete respect for the law and the government and I came to realize that they make the mafia look like a bunch of panty-waists. 

I knew that the government had corrupted people in it, but I still held out hope that somewhere there would be some honor in the system.  I was wrong.  Religious leaders just sat on their hands while people like me tried to correct what we thought was a major problem. 

The late Richard Simkanin, Nick Jesson, Sherri Jackson, an ex-IRS agent, my co-defendant Joe Banister also an ex-IRS agent, and many other people have desperately tried to resolve the income tax issue.

Joe Banister and I appeared on 60 Minutes II in April of 2001.  By bringing bringing national attention to the issue, we  painted a big target on our backs.  And we still feel the effects of it today.

While I have good business skills, especially in sales, I can’t go out and get a regular job any longer, as I can’t get past the HR departments.  My whole life has changed, so I live a much different life than I had before.

I lost most of my possessions and I have learned not to have much of anything.  All of this happened to me because I refused to lie.  I cannot function properly without the truth of any matter.  But what was hard to take was the destruction of my marriage.  We had been together almost every day since our early twenties. (I’m 65 as of this writing.)

Now, I just stay to myself.  I’m not a complete recluse, but I don’t go to very many places.  I like to be outside and hike.  I’m still a friendly man and I enjoy the company of other people, but the world that I thought I lived in is something much different.  I’m not bitter because I have learned that it won’t do me any good.  My situation is what it is and it could have been a lot worse.

 I met men in prison who were in for 20+ years for non-violent crimes.  I knew men who died from the shabby medical care while in prison.  And many men had their wives divorce them because they couldn’t wait until their husbands got out.  I even found out that Title 18 was never properly passed by Congress–no surprise there–and that no one is lawfully detained in federal prison.

I don’t know what is going to happen in this country, but the impending payback that will be by the wrath of God is building.  I see no other way to fix any of this unless people start keeping God’s commandments.  And I know in my life, God has paid me back for every rotten thing I have done, so how much more will it be for the people who operate government?  Who can endure such a calamity?  

Whether it is “Show Me the Law” regarding income taxes, or “Where’s the Birth Certificate”, or any other legitimate questioning of the government–the real condition of our existence is that we have no cognizable law, other than God’s commandments that can be dependably used. 

The United States Constitution and the Bill Rights are not operative in any courtroom in the United States.  The true condition is that the government is completely non responsive for the benefit of the people at large. It treats the people as if they are animals or livestock; to be fleeced–production drones to feed the pockets of the greedy communists called “Government”. It is structurally evil and it is structurally stupid; completely lawless and self-serving.

The value of keeping God’s commandments cannot be underestimated.  That is where the true power of life resides.

Al Thompson blogs at this address.


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