Washington (April 4, 2002) -- The Internal Revenue Service has updated its Web site item that addresses false arguments about the legality of not paying taxes or filing returns. The IRS Chief Counsel prepared a document addressing the most frequent arguments and posted it to the IRS Web site last summer. This is the first update of that posting

"Year after year, we hear these frivolous arguments about the legality of the income tax," said IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti. "Despite consistent rejection by the courts, unscrupulous promoters try to enrich themselves at their followers’ expense. We want people to know that there’s no legal basis for this bad advice, and there’s a real danger in following it."

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