Supreme Court Rebuffs Conscientious Objection to Military Taxation Appeal
U.S. Supreme Court
declined to take up Daniel Jenkins’s appeal which asserted his claim of a
Constitutional right to conscientious objection to military taxation. (I
covered this appeal in some depth
This effectively upholds the 2nd Circuit Court of
Appeals ruling, which upheld the Tax Court ruling, which more-or-less said “no
dice, and here’s a $5,000 frivolous filing penalty for making me say so.”
Remember how the
planned to refund all of that $40 billion or so of long-distance telephone
excise tax it had been incorrectly collecting all those years?
Actually, they kind of fudged on that. They said they would only refund that
portion of the tax they’d been illegally collecting for the past three years:
about $15 billion.
But they plan they came up with — letting people take a credit on their
1040 forms — was one that they estimated
would only give back $8 billion.
Well, it turns out that their estimates were a bit off. They only returned
about $3.8 billion, and only refunded anything at all to about half of those
people who were eligible.