Jesus told us to "render unto Caear what is Caesars." Tax collectors in his day were far more corrupt than anything we see today. Today we have tax laws and if there is a dispute over what is owed it is litigated in court to interpret and apply the law.
The IRS agents can be incompetent at times, but the higher up appeals officers are competent and can resolve issues. This guy there were no grey areas. He owed the money. He just was an ostrich who stuck his head in the ground and refused to believe it. Those who fail to pay taxes claiming the income tax is unconstitutional will find themselves in a tax audit one day owing lots of money, plus penalties and interest. It is not a good or wise thing to do. "Render unto Caesar" and then rest easy at night. Christ has other things for us to do here on earth than figure out how to convince ourselves we don't owe taxes.
Yes you are right about what Jesus said. The only problem with your application is that the people who promoted and pushed through the income tax laws in 1913 were not but a group of rich and influential businessmen who met on Jekyll Island and cooked up a scheme to totally control the finances of the United States by the creation of the so-called Federal Reserve System. The laws was unconstitutional then and is constitutional now.
You are right, the IRS can do what ever ite wants to you if you should disobey them. Sadly that is true. But the IRS is not and never has been Caesar. The Federal Reserve and Caesar are not the ones appointed by God to rule over us.
Also I spent four years in college and earned an accounting degree and worked as an accountant for about ten years. To my chagrin I found that nearly all accountants not in the business to help people but were actually in the business of seeing that the IRS rule and regulations were obeyed. I saw accountants offering advice that turned their clients into liars and worse to survive in the system. The tax system in this country is diabolical and evil and certainly not ordained of God.
They can drive you into poverty, they can make your life miserable, yes and they can kill you, but that does not make them good or even necessary to a constitutional republic.
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