For David Gross, was the year outrage
turned into action — which in his case meant filling out a lot of forms.
Gross quit his job to reduce his income, put his money into things like
tuition and retirement savings, and filled out reams of paperwork for the
associated tax credits. All this keeps his adjusted income below the taxable
level. “Before I started I was making a pretty good amount of money at a
software company over in the East Bay, living pretty fat, and enjoying all
that San Francisco has to offer,” he says. Now, he does just enough contract
work to fulfill his needs, and home-brews his beer. But it’s worth it, he
says, for the satisfaction of not owing the feds a single red cent.
Upside: Totally legal. “They could audit me and look at all my paperwork, and
I’d come out smelling like a rose,” says Gross.
Downside: Besides the paperwork, no more Anchor Steam on tap.
If you’re paying the federal excise tax on long-distance or cellular telephone
service, it’s way past time to stop. For one thing, it’s an easy tax to resist
and I’m sure you don’t want me to start in on my rant about why you should
resist paying something.
But for another thing, a number of circuit courts have ruled that the
been collecting this tax erroneously all along! A while back, the Secretary of
the Treasury said if they lost in court again they’d give up. They lost again.
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