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taxkilla - cheating on your taxes Given that protests against "taxation without representation" catalyzed the founding of our country, it's appropriate that each April, resistance to taxes in general becomes America's national hobby. Some take that resistance to the extreme by encouraging the broad use of tax loopholes and legal, but iffy, ways to reduce what you pay to the IRS.

The latest player to debut in that crowd: a website called taxKilla.org, which resembles the hybrid offspring of the Occupy movement and the anti-tax wing of the Tea Party.

Though taxKilla may be among the most pronounced examples of this cheat-the-system sentiment -- at least in its heavily-charged rhetoric -- it's not alone. There is a widespread belief that the empowered rich lobby for unfair tax breaks and bend the rules, gaming the tax system to their benefit at the expense of the rest of us -- and that the rest of us should push back. What taxKilla recommends is not technically cheating -- instead, it suggests ways for average Americans to use some of the same loopholes the rich and powerful do to level the playing field, cut corners, increase their deductions, and avoid or beat an audit.

So Who Are These taxKillas?

According to Business Insider, two ex-Wall Streeters formed the site in January 2012, in part to strengthen their ties to the Occupy movement. Co-founder Jen Powers, a Columbia grad who worked in finance in the 1980s before decamping to social work, has said taxKilla operates under the motto "Occupy The IRS." Powers says her co-founder is Fred Buddemeyer, but failed to elaborate on his bio, saying only that a LinkedIn page that lists him as a graduate of Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business was "created as an SEO test." (That page, and another for him, have since been removed from LinkedIn.) Buddemeyer was not made available for comment.

The site uses as its Twitter avatar a picture of Thomas Jefferson, who pushed through the repeal of a host of taxes on Americans during his presidency. And the taxKillas point to tax rebellion as an important touchstone throughout history.

"Tax protests have shaped history long before these groups," Buddemeyer wrote, (and conveyed through Powers). "When the people refused Henry the VIII's levies, he couldn't make his mark by invading France so he found inspiration from love instead of war."

"it is a joke that people surrender half their labors to a gang of thugs, however that they do this without question is rather sad," Buddemeyer wrote.

Judging from the site's ragged visual style, Guy Fawkes imagery and e.e. cummings-esque disregard for punctuation and capitalization -- perhaps in a subtle dig at 'capital'? -- taxKilla is trying to dovetail with the grassroots vibe of the Occupy movement. Even the "https" is stricken in red from the URL in renegade fashion. One could suggest that it's the diabolic counterpoint to the Singing Tax Lady's angelic tax tips.

The Rebellion Itself -- Not All That Revolutionary


As for the information itself, it's not all that innovative or revolutionary. For example, the site explains to wannabe tax rebels how to skirt taxes by filing Schedule C and taking deductions like a business entity.

That's not exactly accounting ingenuity: CPAs know that loads of people do this already to create more robust tax refunds.

Along with its beat-the-system advice, taxKilla helps you get started in executing it: Once a person signs up, he is provided with information on which forms to fill out to get a business entity deduction: 1040, Schedule C and Form 4562. The site lets you know where to file for free and explains the purpose of each line on your tax form.

Among the other wise bits of advice it offers for those who hope to push the edge of the envelope: tips for avoiding an audit.

DailyFinance recently laid out a number of other tips for legally 'cheating' on taxes, such as taking deductions on gym memberships (you can do it with a little help from your doctor) or deducting certain home renovations under the Energy Efficiency Tax Credit. And we've published a host of articles with details on avoiding audits, or deductions you might not have considered. (Check out the DailyFinance Tax Center here.)

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Wayne Bradshaw

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Wayne Bradshaw

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May 05 2012 at 11:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

"legal, but iffy" Bottom line if you qualify for a tax break thats legal there is nothing "iffy" about it except to those jealous they don't qualify.

April 12 2012 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sdmo7

hey democracks0,

I suppose you think Romney with his off shore accounts is better?? Show me one piece of evidence that indicates Obama has not paid his fair share?? Also, what about Obama wanting the buffet rule??

April 12 2012 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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John

Obama no supporting the Buffet idea is nothing but a campaign strategy .

April 12 2012 at 4:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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John

Damn typo It should read "Obama NOW supporting the Buffet idea is nothing but a campaign strategy to try and bolster support. Truth is hes raisng everyones taxes except those who make under 70K before taxes and withholdings the point he considers you are rich. Two people working 70k gross is not a hell of a lot.

April 12 2012 at 4:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
mhphammes

Actually people lying about the president not paying taxes are just teapublicans making up misinformation as they go. The president did pay taxes every year and donated some of his royalties from his book to charity. Romney paid taxes on about 3% of his income because most of his income is stashed in off-shore accounts and Switzerland. Why do people complain about welfare when it goes to the poor but when the rich and super-rich get billions, no one says anything?

April 12 2012 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rob.bishop1

Ok people, stop the class envy. You are playing into the gov criminals hands. Poor people don't provide JOBS! If the libs wanted fairness & justice we would have it! Direct taxing a persons right to earn a living is unconstitutional which is ruled, decided,& supported by over 40 U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
The U S tax code, the internal revenue manual, the code of federal regulations all support the Supreme Courts rulings. Learn the truth of the existing laws that support our constitutional right to earn a living! The Internal Revenue Manual (IRM) 6209 classifies the w-4, w-2 as a class 5 ( GIFT ) form! "Does DECIET come to mind ". Just think what you will know tomorrow by discovering the truth. It's up to you.
These same court decisions are now being used to over turn obama care unless "we the people" allow the LEFT to violate the laws. I will gladly e-mail the existing laws to anyone who wants to learn. Rob, rbishop@ptd.net

April 09 2012 at 11:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Johnny

If the rich would pay their share of taxes then we would all be ok but you know that isn't going to happen when you have the rich making all the laws for the taxes.

April 09 2012 at 6:25 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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democracks0

YEAH RICH PEOPLE LIKE THE OBAMA'S HAVEN'T PAID THEIR FAIR SHARE IN YEARS.

April 09 2012 at 6:56 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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ridge10000

He's not all that rich. His income was less than 10% of Romney and he pays about 25% in taxes, compared to Romney's 14%. Nice try, but ignorant nonetheless.

April 12 2012 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
SedonaSoul

Cheating? It takes great effort to cheat. People think they live in this country for free? Where the heck
do people think their roads come from? How about the bridges, care of our National Parks and all the
"entitlements" people expect ? YOU DON"T LIVE IN THIS COUNTRY FOR FREE. If you are making money
just stop whinning and pay your fair share of taxes. SIIIIGHING!!!!!

April 09 2012 at 4:39 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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truejen5

I know many healthy, young people who live off of the taxpayers and make money on the side. Talk about cheaters. Nothing pisses me off more than standing in line at the grocery while the fat woman in front of me pulls out all her 'cards' to buy her food and baby's milk and diapers, then pays cash for her booze and cigarettes. So, the moochers get to enjoy the bridges and highways while we pay for it. Sigh all you want, things need to change and soon, or this country will never recover.

April 09 2012 at 7:13 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
asmuha

Since when is tax planning "cheating"???

April 09 2012 at 1:18 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
holmes49

the only people who pay taxes is the middle class because they have jobs and can't hide their income.

April 09 2012 at 11:10 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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bggdg

Which, no doubt, helps explains why the top 5% of earners pay nearly all federal income taxes.

Oh, and pigs can fly too!

April 09 2012 at 11:40 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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cbsguards

Well the fact that they also make 70% of the income would make only common sense they pay more. This debate that the rich pay do much is the wealth interst groups biggest success. Why would the 95% of us not want them to pay more their fair share. The top rate is at its lowest ever and yet the rich complain they pay to much. They complain from their second mansions private jets, beach houses, or on those lavish vacation sites. Sorry they need to pay and pay alot more since they created this problem and continue to see their incomes escalateing as the 95% see thiers falling

April 09 2012 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down