My Income Tax – Paying taxes is against my religion

Some people try to get out of paying taxes by arguing that the government is spending taxpayer dollars on things that are against their religious beliefs.

In one case, a man claimed that, under the First Amendment, he had a Constitutional right to be exempt from paying taxes because of his religious objections to the government’s military spending.

While the First Amendment protects the freedom of religion, the IRS explains on its website that the amendment “does not provide a right to refuse to pay income taxes on religious or moral grounds or because taxes are used to fund government programs opposed by the taxpayer.”

The case was rejected, and the man was fined $5,000 based on the argument and the amount of taxes the man owed. In a list of “frivolous arguments” on the IRS website, there are several examples of similar cases that have been dismissed over the years.


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