The U.S. Internal Revenue Service continues to gear up for tax season. Today they released the top four reasons that people give for not paying their taxes:

  • Misinterpretation of the 9th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution regarding objections to military spending. *Erroneous claims that taxes are owed only by persons with a fiduciary relationship to the United States or the IRS.
    *A nonexistent “Mariner’s Tax Deduction” (or the like) related to invalid deductions for meals.
    *Certain instances of misuse or excessive use of the section 6421 fuels credit.

In 2006 the IRS increased the penalty to $5000 from $500 for tax returns which cite one of these reasons.

For more information check out this Web site:,,id=159853,00.html

While one can make a lot of jokes about tax season, it’s not funny if you have to pay a big penalty.

Published: Jan 14, 2008