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  • IRS Form 1040: Giving Your Soul To Caesar

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God.” Jn 1:1a

    When it comes to Form 1040, most of us are pretty good about “giving to Caesar what is Caesar’s.” Caesar should be truly thankful. But what about Jesus' next sentence and Form 1040 “…but give to God what is God’s”? Form 1040 asks for much more than money, Form 1040 asks for our words. White-Out the words on Form 1040 and leave just the numbers and the form means nothing. In fact, Caesar will arrest or fine you for filing a “frivolous return” if you were to file a wordless return. By Caesar’s own laws, Form 1040 is “frivolous” if the numbers are left without the words. When you prepare Form 1040, you are definitely saying something.

    Who cares? Just because we’re giving Caesar our words doesn’t mean we’re giving him our soul. Or does it? “You shall be judged by every utterance”{Book of Mark} or the quote at the beginning of this essay “In the beginning was the Word…” In Christianity, there is no separation that I know of between your words and your soul. There is separation between your soul and everything else: money, property, of course your life, even the good of the poor and your family. In all cases, your soul comes first; But, I don’t know anywhere in the Gospels that degrades the value of your words or subordinates them to anything, including your soul, “But above all things, my brothers, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yes be yes; and your no, no; lest you fall into condemnation.” I don’t know about you, but I don’t see how you could read the gospels without thinking that Jesus will take each and every word you write or speak very seriously.

    Of course, we’re all sinners. You’re not perfect and I’m certainly not and Form 1040, how many words of yours does it actually take? It’s only once a year. Heck, for those us who hire out our returns, it might only take two words: our signature. But what about the poor CPA or other tax preparer that we hire? Most of us would consider it a sin to pay for pornography or prostitution and thereby encourage these sins; but, we think nothing of encouraging a tax preparer to spend long hours day in and day out giving word after word to Caesar. What about their souls?

    “Wait a minute!” you say. “Tax preparers are just reporting the facts. As long as they’re honest, they’re just telling the truth.” Certainly, there is no sin in the truth. As a CPA trained by the infamous Arthur Andersen, I would counter that there is no truth and no facts in the world of tax and financial reporting. It’s all opinion. Yes, your wage number on your W-2 is what is. That’s a fact. But is that really your wages, (that's what the form ask for)? Does the number include that check written on 12/26, dated 12/28 and that you had no reasonable chance of cashing until after the holiday on 1/3? If so, you must pay the tax a year earlier. Yes, the IRS has all kinds of rules on how their language must be spoken; but where in the Gospels are you authorized to let Caesar control your words?

    Just look at the nonsense language Caesar's control has created. If you compare Caesar’s tax language with traditional English, Caesar’s certainly must be the most complex in the world. A good five pound dictionary and a grammar book of similar weight will get you through just about every nuance of English. In the language of tax, such light weight would be considered superficial. Caesar’s rules of how the language of tax must be spoken could fill the walls of the typical home.

    Despite all the almost infinite rules, the language of tax is still pretty vague even if you want to speak it Caesar’s way. For example, your mother in law gave you some killer business advice over Christmas dinner, so you pay her $20,000. You believe you made twice as much off this advice than you paid her. You certainly want to encourage her to give you more wisdom. Just coincidentally, she could really use the money and the payment scored a lot points with your wife. Do you put this on form W-2 for her and deduct her wages on your return? What’s the truth here? There is none. It’s an opinion. Consider that I’ve intentionally restricted my examples to the “wages” line on Form 1040, the one the general public considers the simplest, most factual number of all. Even your bank balance is a subjective number. You may think it’s what appears on your bank statement but anybody who really cares what that number is wants outstanding checks deducted and which checks qualify as outstanding is very subjective. In the world of accounting, including tax accounting, it’s all mostly opinion. True facts preceded by dollar signs are very rare, maybe even non-existent.

    Although the language of tax may be the most complicated and vague on the planet, that’s not the worst of it when it comes to your soul. The language of tax required to be spoken on Form 1040 is 100% violence based. This is quite contrary to God’s languages. English is defined by various dictionaries of various points of view that merely attempt to reflect the general and voluntary consensus of what words mean. For the most part, nobody is pointing a gun up to our heads threatening us with imprisonment because we said this or that. English is defined by us all and is part of us all, we all help determine its meaning and its part of our soul. On Form 1040, literally every word is controlled at gunpoint. If Satan has a language, surely it’s tax. There’s nothing free or voluntary about it. If it’s not spoken the way Caesar wants, the speaker, no matter who, will have their property seized or their person imprisoned, all at gunpoint if necessary.

    Is Caesar’s language any way to treat your soul? Is this any way to treat the soul of your tax preparer? In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God. When it comes to Form 1040, I say it’s time to start over.

    James A. Todaro is a CPA who once owned a 700 tax return practice but now is no longer in practice.

    • gary
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      gary commented
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      Re: Article: IRS Form 1040: Giving Your Soul To Caesar

      Originally posted by Dravenhawk
      Time for a flat tax of 7% and a constitutional ammendment stating that no tax rate may excede 10% (the amount of the tythe) Who is man to demand more than what God asks?


      YES, So true.

      And, We are supposed to obey all our government's written laws.
      But, How many of you bother to search tax law for "excluded income"?

      Go ahead, do it, search Title 26 ...
      ECFR dot GPOACCESS dot GOV

      Also, see if you can find the legal definition of "Exempt income", AND the exact opposite, the actual list of taxable income.

      Sound too complicated?

      Then GOOGLE: excluded income

      Or, GOOGLE: regulation "exempt income" defined

      While you're at it,
      GOOGLE: who would jesus tax

      People, its the computer-age now.
      There is no excuse for not looking up all the critical code-words in our laws,
      e.g. eliminated income, eliminated items, etc, AND IN OUR BIBLES, e.g. Jesus + taxes.

      Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

      And, there is no excuse for not searching the Bible with a computer, either.

      Those who love the truth will take the time to LOOK FOR IT.

    • HisLeast
      #41
      HisLeast commented
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      Re: Article: IRS Form 1040: Giving Your Soul To Caesar

      Originally posted by gary
      YES, So true.

      And, We are supposed to obey all our government's written laws.
      But, How many of you bother to search tax law for "excluded income"?

      Go ahead, do it, search Title 26 ...
      ECFR dot GPOACCESS dot GOV

      Also, see if you can find the legal definition of "Exempt income", AND the exact opposite, the actual list of taxable income.

      Sound too complicated?

      Then GOOGLE: excluded income

      Or, GOOGLE: regulation "exempt income" defined

      While you're at it,
      GOOGLE: who would jesus tax

      People, its the computer-age now.
      There is no excuse for not looking up all the critical code-words in our laws,
      e.g. eliminated income, eliminated items, etc, AND IN OUR BIBLES, e.g. Jesus + taxes.

      Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

      And, there is no excuse for not searching the Bible with a computer, either.

      Those who love the truth will take the time to LOOK FOR IT.
      Sorry, there's only so much time in my day to do people's homework for them. If you believe my being a "true Christian" is contingent upon my knowledge of the US tax code, then tell me what those components of the tax code are. I'm not going to spend months slogging through the world's largest data index because some stranger thinks I don't love the truth.

      Furthermore, its worth repeating that Google is an INDEX, and not a vetted source of information. Just because you can find something on Google, doesn't make it true or even worth one's time investigating. In other words, provide good sources for your information before you start lecturing me on the love of truth... especially if you're going to condemn those who haven't reached your level of illumination on the subject.

    • It's Unholy
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      It's Unholy commented
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      Re: Article: IRS Form 1040: Giving Your Soul To Caesar

      Originally posted by Amos_with_goats
      Is your position that US believers should not file income tax?
      I don't know how serious you were, but here's my temporary solution: www.wikiaccountants.com. You shift the the burden overseas where the tax preparers are not so controlled (they're sovereigns of another country), of course you need to know them but can't meet them, so you learn who they are by their works. Not a perfect solution, I know, but Jesus didn't just walk up and clear the temple without building support either.
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