Income Tax Myths
"The IRS refuses to show anyone the law that requires people to pay taxes."
Many tax protestors claim that they have sent the IRS letters or petitions demanding to be shown the laws that require them to pay taxes. They say that they've asked the IRS what law requires people to pay taxes and the IRS refuses to answer. Here's an example.
Actually, the IRS answers this question on its website. The IRS has developed a document called "The Truth About Frivolous Tax Arguments," which is posted on the IRS website and which explains which laws require people to pay taxes. I like my explanation better, but the IRS explanation gets the job done.
Now, it may be true, as the protestors report, that if you send the IRS a letter asking them to show you the laws that require you to pay taxes, you do not get an intelligent answer. I don't really know; I've never tried. If I ran the IRS, I would certainly have a form answer, which I would send to anyone who asked to be shown the laws, which would clearly and courteously lay out exactly what the laws are. If the protestors are to be believed, the IRS does not do this. But the answer is on the IRS website for anyone to see.
If it is true that the IRS can't get its act together to send this document to anyone who asks the question what laws require payment of income taxes, I'm guessing it's because the IRS is a big government agency, and big government agencies often have trouble doing things that seem like they would be pretty simple — like sending out a document that's already posted on the agency website. It's not because there is no law requiring people to pay taxes.