Urban legends about taxes.

"In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes," wrote Benjamin Franklin. The subject of death is covered elsewhere on our site; here we present a section about taxes.

Red bullet Congressional bill 602P will allow the U.S. Postal Service to slap a 5¢ surcharge on every e-mail message sent.

Red bullet The U.S. government assigns Social Security numbers on the basis of race, a practice that permits employers to screen applicants and weed out those of color.

Red bullet African-Americans are entitled to a $5,000 slavery reparation tax credit.

Green bullet Several million fewer dependents were claimed on federal income tax returns the year the IRS started requiring taxpayers to list the Social Security numbers of their children.

White bullet Humorous (and so far anonymous) essay on how taxes work.

Red bullet The U.S. government grants seven-year tax holidays to immigrants.

Red bullet You can slip out of the IRS' audit stream by not using the preprinted labels supplied with your income tax forms.

Green bullet A Social Security number "issued" by Woolworth was used by thousands of people.

Green bullet A man angered by the IRS's refusal to allow deductions for all three of his children threatened to turn the raising of two of them over to the government.

Green bullet Special one-time federal excise tax credit in 2006 rebates tax overpayment on phone bills.

Red bullet Payment of U.S. federal income taxes is voluntary.

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