American Tyranny: Our Tax Apocalypse
By Barbara Scott
“Constantly raising taxes has become the easiest solution for our politicians because it allows them to avoid having to deal with the real issues and problems that are affecting our nation.”
This book is clear and engaging. It is in part the story of our American tax code, why it started and how it has changed. That story is highly topical at this moment and will therefore be of intense interest to those Americans who wonder why and how the IRS has become such a hydra-headed monster. The author, Michael Sawukaytis, clarifies this process; his factual approach is logical and organized. But the book is also his own story: “The chapters and its insights are based on a young man’s actual journey to the U.S. Supreme Court confirming his American peonage after learning the truth about our federal income tax system and his desire to constitutionally comply…. After being punished for complying with the law, he was found liable for a special income tax never enacted by congress and has learned to live the life of an American Peon.”
American Tyranny takes us step by step through the history of taxation and through the author’s case, which he uses as an example of what can happen to someone trapped in the jungle of tax laws, many of which seem arbitrary in the extreme. For example, he notes that the letters sent to presumed miscreant taxpayers are “unsigned” – seeming to suggest that individual IRS workers do not stand behind their own work but can use the threat of the form letter to wield their power. Once someone starts trying to navigate the system, he or she may be negatively pigeonholed as a “tax protestor” (the author points out that while the IRS can’t say someone IS a tax protestor, they can say that someone “acts like” a tax protestor). Recording such events as being given only a short time to present one’s case in court and then being constantly interrupted by non-substantive questions that are obviously designed to curtail the presentation, the author builds a disturbing picture of why he uses the term “peonage” to describe our tax system.
Sawukaytis, who writes with a certain amount of sardonic humor appropriate to the subject, is an advocate of the Fair Tax which he analyzes and compares to the current system in the final chapters of the book. His case for the Fair Tax is cogent and should be considered by thoughtful, politically aware citizens. It’s important to note that the author is not a “party” advocate – he believes both parties have failed the American people and will continue to do so as long as the IRS maintains its power.
By Krystal Ringu
American Tyranny - Our Tax Apocalypse gives the reader a well-researched insight into the current taxation laws of the United States, and gives an honest fact-based opinion on why he feels our current system is drastically in need of a change. The book consults a wide amount of sources, and the author’s passion for the topic is quite evident. For anyone who has little to no knowledge of the IRS and how taxes actually work, this book contains a wealth of information written in a clear and concise fashion.
The author's prose is not only easy to follow, but easy to understand as well. The book is thought provoking as well, and will open up new insight into not only your personal income but also the laws of taxation surrounding it. Overall, this book will suit anyone who has an interest in learning more about the IRS or the current taxation system as well as anyone who wonders about where their money is going!
By Will Lumburg
HURON BOOK CLUB
As more and more people start to get in the know, chiefly because of people like Michael Sawukaytis, there are more calls going up to actually examine the original purpose of the IRS and taxation and how they stand in today’s society. I always considered myself fairly savvy when it comes to this particular subject, but even I had my eyes opened with some of the startling information that is available in this book.
The author and co-author of this book go all the way back to one hundred years ago in 1913 when the United States Congress first enacted the collection of a federal income tax. They explore, in detail, not only the reasons behind such an enactment and the Supreme Court clarification three years after in 1916, but also why such a system is, not only irrelevant today, but also harmful to many, many millions of Americans.
They do not stop there, however. They continue on in the same level of detail to propose a very viable solution to our current state of affairs, simply called the “Fair Tax.” The Fair Tax is ingenious in its simplicity and would go a long way to alleviate the economic stress that plagues our nation. Sadly, in order to pass such a thing, politicians and lobbyists would need to stop scratching each other’s back and actually turn their efforts to building a stronger country instead of building a stronger personal bank account. I would highly recommend this book to any and every United States citizen. For the most part, things do not get changed unless there is awareness of a problem and a public outcry to do so. I just hope that people like the authors of this book can win against the uphill battle of ignorance and get the word out as widespread as they can.