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Trying to get out of paying your taxes? The IRS has heard that excuse before.

So, you want to dodge your taxes this year? Well, you’d better get creative -- because the IRS has heard 'em all before.

The agency has seen so many laughable, eye-rolling, spectacularly awful excuses from folks trying to get out of paying their taxes through the years that it compiled a list of some of the worst offenders, and outlines why they’re wrong.

The IRS has seen plenty of excuses from people trying to get out of paying their taxes. Jackie Kucinich takes a look at the agency's own list of creative ways folks have tried to dodge tax day. (Julie Percha/The Washington Post)


For example, some folks point to the 1040 instruction booklet as a loophole for not filing a tax return. The instructions describe the U.S. tax system as “voluntary” -- and some taxpayers say they just don’t want to volunteer.

Not so fast, buddy: In IRS-speak, that means the taxpayer gets to determine the amount of taxes they owe, instead of having the government dictate for them.

Some people get funky with Article I, Section 10, of the Constitution and claim that since dollars are Federal Reserve Notes, they don’t count as taxable currency.

And then there are the folks who say federal income taxes are unconstitutional because of the way the Sixteenth Amendment was ratified.

Um, no.

The Washington Post’s Jackie Kucinich took a look at some of the more -- creative? -- ways folks have tried to dodge their taxes -- and why they don’t work. Check it out over at Post TV.

Julie Percha is a video producer/editor on the PostTV politics team



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