Matthew 22:17-22 Tell us therefore, What thinkest Thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye Me, ye hypocrites?Shew Me the tribute money. And they brought unto Him a penny. And He saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto Him, Caesar’s. Then saith He unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s. When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left Him, and went their way.
APRIL 15 “TAX DAY” (According to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_Day)
Federal income tax was introduced with the Revenue Act of 1861 to help fund the Civil War, and subsequently repealed, re-adopted, and held unconstitutional. The early taxes were based on assessments, not voluntary tax returns. Tax payment dates varied by act.
The case of Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Co. challenged the constitutionality of the Wilson–Gorman Tariff Act of 1894, which taxed incomes over $4,000 at the rate of two percent. The case was decided by the United States Supreme Court in 1895. The Supreme Court decided that the Act’s unapportioned income taxes on interest, dividends, and rents were effectively direct taxes. The Act was therefore unconstitutional because it violated the Constitution’s rule that direct taxes be apportioned among the states. In 1913, eighteen years later, the Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. This Amendment gave the United States Congress the legal authority to tax all incomes without regard to the apportionment requirement.
The filing deadline for individuals was March 1 in 1913 (the first year of a federal income tax), and was changed to March 15 in 1918 and again to April 15 in 1955. Today, the filing deadline for U.S. federal income tax returns for individuals remains April 15 or, in the event that the 15th falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, the first succeeding day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or holiday.
Matthew 10:28 “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
2 Corinthians 9:7Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Remember that the penalties for not e-filing or filing a tax return or a tax extension are higher than not paying taxes owed. Therefore, it’s better to e-file or file your tax return or a tax extension and pay as much taxes as you can afford than not filing at all
*(CONSIDERATION)The government banks on its citizens being intimidated by calls or letters, should they not get your payment on time (or at all).
Top 5 Unsuccessful Arguments against Income Taxes
So many people try to argue against paying taxes every year and fail. The IRS releases an annual report of frivolous tax arguments, and there are many. We compiled a list of the top 5 most absurd arguments ever put fourth, all of which have been argued in court and have been struck down.
Taxation is taking property, so it is a violation of the 5th Amendment.
Supporters of this claim assert that tax collection is taking of property without the due process of law, which is unconstitutional. They cite the 5th Amendment of the Constitution, which states that no person shall be “deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law”.
Why it’s frivolous: While the 5th Amendment of the Constitution does protect against unlawful seizure of property, the Constitution itself grants the federal government the power to tax (learn more about the history of taxes, including taxation in the United States). Having the 5th Amendment prohibit taxation would create a contradiction; so therefore, taxation is not considered a violation of the 5th Amendment. Brushaber v. Union Pac RR upheld this. In addition, the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Internal Revenue Code in Phillips v. Commissioner in 1931.
Filing an income tax return is voluntary.
Some people claim that filing an income tax is voluntary because, according to their interpretation, the IRS said so itself. They rely on the fact that the 1040 Form instructions say that filling out the form is voluntary. In addition, they state that the 1960 Supreme Court case Florida v. United States stated that our “system of taxation is based upon voluntary assessment and payment, not upon distraint”. There have been multiple cases that involved this reason for not filing and paying taxes, including United States v. Tedder in 1986 and United States v. Gerrads in 1994.
Why it’s frivolous: It is true that both the Supreme Court Case Florida v. United States and the IRS instruction manual use the word “voluntary”. However, this is used in reference to the ability of the tax payer to calculate and file the appropriate returns instead of having the federal government determine the returns from the start. There is no mention of the income tax return being voluntary anywhere in the IRS tax code.
Learn more about the history of the IRS 1040 Form and see its evolution through time.
Taxation is slavery, and thus a violation of the 13th Amendment.
As mentioned above, taxation is compulsory, not voluntary. Some people claim that compulsory taxation is a form of slavery, and thus illegal. They cite the 13th Amendment, which outlawed slavery in the United States.
Why it’s frivolous: The 13th Amendment does protect all people in the United States from any form of involuntary servitude or slavery, unless it’s done as a punishment for a crime. However, the courts have repeatedly ruled that taxation does not qualify as involuntary servitude or slavery as banned by the 13th Amendment.
Federal Reserve notes are not income.
People who advance this argument claim that Federal Reserve notes (those green bills in our wallets) are not real currency because they cannot be exchanged for gold or silver. They bring up Article I Section 10 of the Constitution, which grants the federal government the exclusive power to create and regulate money. More specifically, they claim that Section 10 limits all legal currency exclusively to gold and silver.
Why it’s frivolous: Article I Section 10 does grant exclusive power to Congress and the federal government to create and regulate money, including gold and silver, but there is no explicit or implicit limitation on declaring another form of legal tender. Therefore, Federal Reserve notes are considered income because they are a form of legal tender. Numerous court cases have upheld this notion, including United States v. Riffen.
The United States only consists of the District of Columbia and US territories.
Some contend that the United States only consists of the District of Columbia, federal territories like Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, and various other islands in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, as well as federal enclaves like military bases and Native American reservations. According to them, anyone outside of that territory is not a resident of the United States and instead a resident of the state that they live in, which according to them is sovereign.
Why it’s frivolous: The United States consists of 50 states as well as District of Columbia, federal territories and federal enclaves. When the Constitution was ratified, it unified the states under a strong federal government, reserving some powers for the states and leaving some for the federal government. It in no way implies the sovereignty of any state. Several court cases, including United States v. Collins and Brushaber v. Union Pacific RR upheld this, both stating that the 16th Amendment gives the federal government the power to tax anywhere that is under the federal umbrella, which includes the 50 states.
IRS Taxpayer Bill of Rights
Do you know that you have rights as a taxpayer? Whether or not you agree with the arguments above, the IRS gives you certain rights regarding your taxes. The IRS provides the following ten rights so they can work with you, not against you:
The Right to be Informed
The Right to Quality Service
The Right to Pay No More than the Correct Amount of Tax
The Right to Challenge the IRS’s Position and Be Heard
The Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum
The Right to Finality
The Right to Privacy
The Right to Confidentially
The Right to Retain Representation
The Right to a Fair and Just Tax System
*(CONSIDERATION)There are so many websites, thousands and thousands of codes, laws, amendments, endless documents concerning what our obligations are as United States citizens to pay what is determined that we owe, yet there is ONE BOOK containing the Lord’s view on our resources, His WORD.
Yes, the Scripture does discuss money (although I believe in Matthew (CHAPTER 22), Jesus is going far beyond a financial discussion). He used the coin because that was the direct question before Him; however, I believe He went so far beyond that (warning: my opinon), calling out the things of this world (the tangible), as the currency He held in His hand, Caesar could claim for himself, but the Lord calls out for what is His, the souls of mankind. Only Jesus could take a snare intended to trap Him and weave such a beautifully profound response.
Please do not misunderstand that I am saying tithing, giving, benevolence are unbiblical, certainly I do not stand in that camp! I believe the Lord calls us to contribute and bless others as He blesses us. We are to trust and give as He directs, NOT by force but obedience.
My son and I disagree on this constantly regarding welfare. I try to explain that it is to come from a heart and not a directive from the government. He argues that people won’t just give because others are in need. I say the Lord gives compassion to His Children to share and provision to those who are lacking. He has put each one of us in some capacity for whatever reason to honor Him. Just because today we may be the ones able to give, any moment, He could allow us to be the ones relying on others. Either way, we need to trust God, not government to provide for those who are unable (not unwiling).
High and Mighty God
Provider, Lord and King
Thank You for this day
Please forgive our sins against You, others and ourselves
We just give You praise for all You have given us and all You do for us every day
All we have that is wonderful comes from You
Our blessings are beyond count
For those of us who have been allowed resources above our needs
Please show us when, where and how and to whom we should extend Your hand to them through us
Not to draw attention to ourselves, but to show Your great mercy, kindness and faithfulness to others
You ARE THE AWESOME GOD
Remind us, Lord, if and when we struggle financially to fulfill and obligation
That You paid our debt in full
By the Blood of Jesus
It is in His Name we pray
Jesus Paid It All
Come Thy Fount of Every Blessing