Internal Revenue Service Whistleblowers

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The people who have actually read the Tax Regulations tend to get very upset

...but you'll never hear about them marching upon Washington by watching ABC, CNN or Fox News channel.

Photos: Todd Johnson 2004

Because reading tax regulations is a function of an IRS job, many IRS employees tend to know something that the rest of us don't, but very few of them will tell you about it. Brave are those in the IRS that actually follow the written tax rules. When they blow their whistles on our government's own income tax fraud, they risk it all.

Below are just a few of the IRS Whistleblowers. It is unknown exactly how many there have been at the IRS, since the first, and last official IRS Historian, Shelley Davis, told the US Senate "there were virtually no records of IRS actions throughout the twentieth century in any of the repositories..." [Hiding something?]

IRS Historian Davis is first. Her story shows that when a whistle is blown in the IRS, an investigation of the whistleblower soon begins. Davis (and others), said it is "a common tactic used against IRS employees who dare to speak up." This tactic seems to demonstrate existence of wide spread IRS abuse, better than anything else could.

Note: All of these IRS employees risked their jobs, for just speaking the truth. Most people do not have this courage and will keep very quiet. Not only will most of us keep quiet, but we'll even change the subject of thought in our own minds, pretending nothing is wrong, as we continue to toil.

These Former IRS enforcers have taken great risks, and are still taking great risks to tell you something. No one leaves organized crime risk-free, the bravery required is immense. You may want to listen to their valuable message.

Shelley Davis
Former IRS Official Historian.

In the 1990s she sacrificed her $69K job and retirement to blow the whistle on illegal document destruction committed by the IRS, and said she would do it again.

Shelley L. Davis - Former IRS Official Historian, the first and the last.

"The records had been destroyed. Gone. Shredded. Tossed. They no longer exist."

"No other agency of our government could get away with this."

"Our fear of suffering a personal attack from the IRS generally keeps most of us in check... This ensures that it can never be held accountable for its actions. How can you prove any wrongdoing when the evidence is already destroyed?"
-- Prepared statement before the Senate Finance Committee, Sept. 23, 1997. more >>

Joseph Banister
CPA, Former CID Special Agent, IRS

Sacrificed a big paycheck, job, career to tell you some facts the media won't tell you, US citizens are getting scammed.

"If you are a current or former IRS... and you are ready to come out... send a letter to... Freedom Above Fortune, PO Box 90239, San Jose, California, 95109-4239. I will never reveal your name" -- Joe Banister

Joseph Banister - CPA and Former IRS Special Agent, Criminal Investigation Division.

Ex-IRS agent Joe Banister comes from a law enforcement family and has two brothers working as policemen.

He says he pays his taxes, but does not file a Form 1040 return. He "gave up" his career with the IRS (he was told to resign) to devote his life to stopping the IRS/government income tax fraud.

Banister believes citizens are not required to pay federal income taxes and was acquitted on charges that he attempted to defraud the government.

"The IRS does not prevail against citizens because the agency adheres to the rule of law... the IRS prevails against citizens because the agency ignores the law, twists the meaning of the law, and overwhelms the citizen with economic and legal burdens" -- Joseph Banister

Banister Juror Tells Story:
After the trial, juror Oscar S. Ramirez, Ph.D. learned that Banister's co-conspirator was previously found not guilty of conspiracy in his own trial, so here he ponders the question - Why was Banister charged with conspiracy?

"Can a person conspire with his alter ego and be charged of so doing? ... Could it be that the government was going after what one could call a whistleblower?" Dr. Ramirez continues, "I am still puzzled by the lack of evidence provided by the government." more >>

Sherry Peel Jackson
CPA, Former IRS Agent

"Do you care? ... do your own research ...make a decision to be an informed slave or get off the plantation! Don't buy any [tax] research packages" -- Sherry Jackson's Blog

Jackson holds educational seminars around the country.

Sherry Peel Jackson - CPA, Certified Fraud Examiner, Former Internal Revenue Service Agent, 21 years exp.

"In my tenure as an IRS agent, I personally saw marriages broken, families torn apart, homes confiscated and businesses destroyed... without the proper authority."

"The Constitution of the United States of America has been... ignored through allowing the privately owned Federal Reserve to create paper currency and charge you 47 million dollars in interest per hour"

"Let me tell you, that as a black woman I am keenly aware... of slavery... do you understand that we are all slaves to this system?" more >>

"The IRS fears the public gaining a knowledge of how their scam works."

Photo: Todd Johnson 2004

John Turner
Former IRS Revenue Officer,
Tax Consultant

Another IRS agent who gave up a fat paycheck and a well benefitted government job to tell us the laws and regulations are not applied as written, and it is the government that is the fraud.

"The IRS knows the public is slowly realizing that the tax system is a scam"
-- John Turner

The Scam began, for most people, in World War II, 1942.
Donald Duck Pays Income Tax

(Cartoon) "Taxes will keep democracy on the march", [amazing blatant propaganda, a collectors item],
Download Movie
(10MB, Right-Click > Save Link)

The scam continues today with the slogan "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS".

John Turner - Former IRS Revenue Officer (RO), Tax Consultant.

"You do realize, don't you, that ...according to the way Congress [and the IRS] would have you believe... ALL of your income is subject to tax save what they let you keep by their benevolence. They let us keep some of our income! This is the mistaken notion that we Americans are operating upon!" -- John Turner

John Turner says he can prove there is no requirement to file income tax returns.

John served in the United States Army and held top secret clearances. He worked for the IRS for 10 years from 1987-1997. As a Revenue officer he has used the power to levy and seize. He eventually researched tax "protester" arguments, and discovered the IRS is indeed misapplying the tax laws, and resigned from the IRS.

"There are many, many good people who have lost their property and their freedoms... while attempting to force the government to obey the tax laws as written."

"The solution requires the American people to demand the needed change. ... Your help is needed to bring this to the attention of people far and wide." more >>

Clifton Beale
Former IRS Revenue Agent and IRS Appeals Officer, 18 years at IRS.

Beale has a Master's Degree in Taxation and 28 years experience.


Clifton Beale - Former IRS Revenue Agent and IRS Appeals Officer, 28 years experience, over 18 years at IRS.

Beale was an IRS agent (RO) from 1979 to 1987, and an IRS Appeals Officer from 1987 to 1998. He is an author ('The Trust Bible', and 'Feelings, The Second Book,' - the historical coverup by the government since 1913) and has a Master's Degree in Taxation.

According to Former IRS Agent Joseph Banister "complying with the United States Code has caused the IRS to take a disliking to him..."

Beale was sued by the Department of Justice. He is no longer allowed to prepare tax returns (he quit preparing returns before the order) and must stop selling trusts and other "tax schemes."

Paul Chappell
Former IRS Office of Counsel Attorney

A member of the bar of the State of Maryland since 1954.


Paul Chappell - Former IRS Office of Counsel Attorney

An attorney for 50 years, Mr. Chappell's experience includes 17 years of government service first as a clerk to a Tax Court judge and later working for the Office of Chief Counsel of Internal Revenue.

Chappell's experience also includes covering the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committee hearings in drafting the 1954 Internal Revenue Code.

He has also represented taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and in the federal courts for approximately 30 years.

Mr. Chappell's concerns include: violations of IRS regulations by the IRS; violations of statutory requirements by the IRS; disregard of their own math and records system; manipulation of data on the IRS master record system; ignoring statutory requirements for making proper assessment of taxes; the ignoring of requirements for collection matters such as the enforcement of IRS liens, levies and property seizures; and also a great deal of concern about the current trend toward abusive searches and seizures.

A story comes down from the top... and it spreads around...

Matthew N. McErlean
Former IRS Senior Appraiser and Valuation Subject Matter Expert

McErlean's experience includes an MBA, MS, MAI, CAE, and CPA.

McErlean refused a forced transfer, then the IRS declared him AWOL and stopped his pay. Another American in the IRS who risked it all to tell the truth.

McErlean begins his report to the Treasury Inspector General by utilizing the parent class of the tax code, the Constitution.


Matthew N. McErlean - Former IRS Senior Appraiser and Valuation Subject Matter Expert, MBA, MS, MAI, CAE, CPA.

In 1996, McErlean tried to help the IRS get more revenue by submitting a memo suggesting the IRS adopt the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. He said the IRS was losing billions by not following uniform standards.

Then in 1999, McErlean made a report to the Treasury Inspector General of Tax Administration, in which he said IRS managers were violating the Constitution, and rights of American taxpayers.

"I have made consistent attempts... over the past three years, urging IRS management to correct the situation. The only visible result to date is that I have been the subject of adverse and retaliatory personnel actions."
[seems like familiar abuse]

"Article 1 Section 8 of the United States Constitution stipulates that while Congress has the power to lay taxes, '...all duties, imposts, and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.' ... it is axiomatic that the underlying methodology of laying taxes must be uniform... current appraisal practices do not yield uniformity in assessing tax liability based on appraised values."
-- Matthew McErlean

[Note: Law dictionaries do define duties, imposts, and excises, as taxes, so it's reasonable that Taxes "shall be uniform." The first article of the Constitution also states that there can be no Capitation, unless in Proportion to the Census. A modern law dictionary, Find Law, defines Capitation as "a uniform per person payment", but A Law Dictionary, 1856 defines it as "laid on each person according to his estate and ability."]

Robert Schulz, and former IRS agents John Turner, Sherry Jackson, and Joseph Banister - work together to stop government corruption and fraud.


Congress, Treasury, and IRS officials avoid these highly educated and experienced professionals like the plague.

But those same Government officials don't mind taking the time to spy on them, arrest them, raid their homes, harass them, investigate whistleblowers, make it difficult to get a job, and make attempts to shut them down - and shut them up.

The major media will also avoid IRS Whistleblowers and their stories, until later when the Whistleblowers are sued by the Government. Then they will happily tell you about it, but they often fail to mention - these were former IRS agents with a great deal of experience and education. [The next IRS Whistleblower, Andrews, a Former IRS Commissioner explains why our Government and the major media are so treasonous.]

Robert 'Bob' Schulz is not a former IRS agent, but a citizen who also fights government abuse...

"People are kidding themselves. They don't have the buying power they used to have. A lot of the people living today don't know what the buying power of success was before we decided to use excessive income taxes to punish success and estate and gift taxes to force every generation to start from scratch."
-- Coleman Andrews

T. Coleman Andrews
IRS Commissioner, 1953-1955

IRS then:
[Everyone in Congress and in Government, read this...]
"...there are a lot of people in public office... who haven't got the guts to check unfairness because they're afraid somebody will investigate them for doing whatever is right"
-- T. Coleman Andrews, Former Commissioner of Internal Revenue, U.S. News & World Report, May 25, 1956

IRS now:
Investigating the whistleblower is
"a common tactic used against IRS employees who dare to speak up."
-- Shelley Davis, Former IRS Historian, Statement to Senate Committee, September 23, 1997


Thomas Coleman Andrews - IRS Commissioner, 1953-1955

Quotes from an interview with U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, May 25, 1956, followed by the full interview.

"[The income tax...] is slowly but surely destroying the middle class."

"Maybe we ought to see that every person who gets a tax return receives a copy of the Communist Manifesto with it so he can see what's happening to him."

"Don't forget that there are many parts of the law in which Congress did not spell out its intention but instead empowered the Secretary or his delegate to say what was meant." [Can you believe this? One man, the Secretary (just some guy), or worse a delegate (some other guy) has been telling us what to do.]

"I have had members of Congress tell me frankly that they just don't have time to give thorough consideration to a good deal of what comes before them for attention."

"I've had some of those men tell me they had to depend absolutely upon the staffs of their committees for advice as to what to do." [Can you believe this? Some of the elected in Congress don't know what they are doing, or deciding, or they are lacking critical thinking skills.]

"Our tax laws are not made by members of Congress... nor by the committees of Congress... but by the staff members of the tax committees. That's true of all legislation."
[Doesn't this invalidate laws passed by Congress, and make many in Congress unqualified in the job they applied for?]

"...they began to discover [in the early days of income tax] that while the law was simple it was unjust, and they had to do something about it, they began to add on all kinds of fancy gimmicks, gadgets and thou-shalt-nots, until it now adds up to the point where it's so complicated that nobody can understand it [even our clearest thinker, Einstein said he couldn't understand it]. I say to you that any law that isn't understood even by the people who pass it, let alone by those subjected to it, shouldn't be imposed..."
-- T. Coleman Andrews, 1956

Former IRS Commissioner Coleman Andrews was asked this question by US News & World Report...

Q. "Mr. Andrews, do you think the corporation income tax should be abolished altogether?

A. "I would hope... because it costs entirely too much to administer and the cost... is pure waste... Moreover, the gap between the individual and the corporation is driving small business right into the maw of big business. At the present rate, we soon won't have anything but big business, and the situation will be just right for the final move to a completely socialistic government."

(50 years later... How right he was. Now all that is required is a manufactured crisis, and herding the sheep.)

[Socialism is the preparatory stage that overthrows capitalism, then private ownership is replaced by communism -
* The US Constitution says, "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government" - Art. IV, Sec. 4

...How familiar - First, they came for the farmers, but I was not a farmer, so I did not speak up... then they came for the manufacturers, but I was not a manufacturer (and even cheered the cheap Chinese goods)... then they came for the doctors, I did nothing (screw those rich bastards)... then they came for the computer scientists and engineers... ("the shape of an 'L' on my forehead")... and soon, my countrymen were replaced with H1-Bs.]



Shelley L. Davis, the first and last official IRS Historian.







Mr. Chairman and Members of the Senate Finance Committee, I am pleased to be able to share a few of my thoughts and experiences with you today as you explore specific issues of IRS abuse of those the tax agency likes to call its "customers" -- American taxpayers.

For 16 years I worked as an historian for the federal government. Nine of those years were with the Department of Defense and the final seven were spent as the first and unfortunately, the last, official historian for the Internal Revenue Service. At the end of 1995, I resigned from my federal career in protest over the unwillingness of the IRS, or the Treasury Department Inspector General, to investigate my complaint of illegal document destruction by the IRS. I learned that the same federal investigator to whom I originally reported my concerns regarding this, had turned around and opened an investigation of me on unfounded and false charges of "wrongful release of confidential information." Later, I learned that this is a common tactic used against IRS employees who dare to speak up against management. I knew then that I had no alternative but to resign and try to raise awareness of the intransigence, arrogance, and abusive patterns of behavior that I found all too common inside the headquarters of the IRS. I decided to write a book which was published earlier this year entitled, "Unbridled Power."

My testimony today will touch briefly on three areas:

1. ) The cultural climate of the IRS;

2. ) List keeping at the IRS;

3. ) The IRS definition of "tax protester."

My introduction to the culture of the IRS came during my earliest days with the tax agency, in the fall of 1988. Although I had been hired as the first historian for the IRS, I found little interest or support for my efforts. I found even less history. By history I mean both an awareness of the heritage of the IRS as well as the raw material (the documentation) from which narrative history is distilled. Neither the documents nor the heritage were to be found. Initially, I found this curious. Later, I found it alarming. At the IRS National Headquarters, there seemed little connection between the work of employees and actual tax collection--what I presumed to be the mission of the IRS. Rather than possessing any basic curiosity about the past, the IRS employees I encountered exhibited a wariness, a suspicion--assuming that anyone looking for records must have some definite agenda. An agenda presumed to be negative.

This reluctance to think about the past translated into routine day-to-day operations, meaning that all documents were tossed, shredded, whatever, when a program was completed--or shut down, as in the case of many IRS computer projects. No records. No paper trail. No history.

As time went on, I realized that this not only made my job as historian virtually impossible, but that it guaranteed that the IRS could never be held accountable for its actions. With a sense of historical development, I came up with my own interpretation of this phenomenon. One could easily pass off the reluctance of the IRS to acknowledge its past as a reaction to a constant barrage of criticism. But the IRS is certainly not the only federal agency subjected to criticism from the press, Congress, or the public.

Instead of reflecting on positive actions in response to criticism, the IRS proclaims that any criticism of the agency is "IRS bashing" and "will only lead to more tax protesters." Rather than respond with solid information, historical examples, and analysis, the IRS jumps around skittishly, telling Congress that this reorganization, or that new position, or another new task force will remedy the current problem. The IRS has learned that its most effective response to inquiring questions from Congress, from the press, or from the American people is to hide behind the privacy laws. These are the laws meant to protect taxpayers. But by endlessly citing restrictions on its authority to comment on taxpayer cases, the IRS deflects criticism for any and all actions. In essence, the response of the IRS to question about anything and everything is, "Trust us. We're doing the right thing. We just can't tell you what that is because we're protecting American taxpayers."

A corollary to this defensive shield is the penchant of the IRS to destroy its paper trail. There were virtually no records of IRS actions throughout the twentieth century in any of the repositories where one would normally find federal records: the IRS itself, the National Archives (including the permanent archives in Washington, D.C., the 10 records centers around the country, or the Presidential libraries.)

In my early years with the IRS, a good question to ask was, "Where are the records?" What I learned was shocking. The records had been destroyed. Gone. Shredded. Tossed. They no longer exist due to a lack of attention to, or concern for, the law which requires all federal agencies to preserve records of what they do. It is as though the IRS assumed that laws which apply to the FBI, to the CIA, to every other part of the federal establishment can be ignored.

No other agency of our government could get away with this. I questioned the reason why it had taken so long for anyone to realize that the records were not just missing, but destroyed. I believe the answer is based on fear. As taxpayers, why would we ever question the one agency that can truly bite back? Our fear of suffering a personal attack from the IRS generally keeps most of us in check. Our fear of being audited has allowed the IRS to theoretically eliminate any potential smoking guns by trashing its own records. This ensures that it can never be held accountable for its actions. How can you prove any wrongdoing when the evidence is already destroyed?

The IRS has learned that the privacy protections are its best weapon in its war against its "customers." There is an "us against them" mentality which is far too common among IRS employees. I witnessed and experienced this attitude firsthand for over seven years working at the IRS headquarters. When I questioned the lack of record keeping by the IRS, it was made clear to me that I was a "lone ranger," a "loose cannon," and "not a team player." Is it any wonder they investigated me?

I'll conclude this section with a stark example from my personal experience. After my protest resignation at the end of 1995, admittedly I was not on the "most favored" list of IRS. But when I went to the IRS National Office on Monday, April 15, 1996, to meet a friend who had invited me for lunch to celebrate my birthday, I did not expect to be threatened with arrest. But that is what happened.

While waiting for my friend to meet me at the entrance of the building, I was pulled aside by an IRS internal security agent who told me to leave immediately because I was officially "banned" from the building.

I thought this was odd as I was standing in the front entrance, a public space. When I asked for an explanation, I was told that I was "banned" because I "did not turn in my official identification badge when I resigned four months earlier."

This was untrue.

When the agent detaining me prepared to call for Federal Protective Service agents to carry out her threat to arrest me, I knew I had to make a quick decision: let them carry through with this absurd threat, or turn and leave. I left. To this day, I wish I had stayed and made them carry through with their threat. The IRS brought false charges against me, used government resources to pursue a false investigation of me, and continued to harass me even after I had resigned. With the IRS, as I am sure you will hear from others today, retaliation is prompt, swift and catastrophic.

My years with the IRS were spent exclusively in the National Office, the headquarters of the tax agency. Throughout my tenure at the IRS, I often heard stories that different types of codes were used to identify taxpayers and returns.

I have specific knowledge of one type of list maintained inside the IRS. It is a product of a secretive, cloistered unit of the IRS which existed from 1969 through 1973, known by the name "Special Services Staff," or SSS.

The SSS list had approximately 11,000 individuals and organizations designated as possible audit targets by the IRS. Who were these people and organizations? Some were names you will recognize: Shirley MacLaine, Joan Baez, John Lindsay, the Black Panthers, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee(SNCC).

But most of those who made it onto the list were not household names but were individuals the SSS determined were of questionable character as determined by the SSS.

Ten employees of the SSS dutifully clipped newspaper articles each day. The FBI willingly sent over its own files on political dissidents and protesters, and subscriptions were taken to radical publications which were perused for names and other leads. All in all, the SSS targeted individuals with no known tax problems for audit simply because of their political activities.

The commissioner who abolished the SSS, Donald Alexander, actually testified before Congress in 1975 that he believed the SSS records should be taken "out on the mall and burned."

Yet, despite the fact that the SSS files remain intact at the IRS (at least through my resignation at the end of 1995), the IRS steadfastly refuses to release the files to researchers or even to the National Archives for safekeeping. Why? Because they contain "taxpayer information." Who is protecting whom, one has to wonder? What has all this got to do with the present? Today I believe there exist thousands of names of American taxpayers whose Master Files are coded as TC-148, which brands them as "Illegal Tax Protesters." Whether this is a list, or compilation of files which bear that designation, is semantics. Just how many Americans bear this designation?

At the very least, we need to know if we are on that list, We reserve that right. The IRS says we can't know and don't have a right to know while simultaneously claiming Congress wants it this way.

The only thing being protected in this scenario is the IRS. Just what is a tax protester? Your definition, like mine, is probably different from the IRS definition. I learned that while inside the IRS.

A tax protester, in my definition, is not someone who may oppose our system of taxation, but pays his taxes nonetheless. A tax protester is not someone who says that our tax system is broken and must be dismantled, but still files a Form 1040. A tax protester is not someone who merely criticizes the IRS. A tax protester is not someone who challenges an IRS assessment. But in the mind of the IRS, all of the above ideas fit the unofficial IRS profile of a tax protester. In the cloistered environment of the IRS, criticism of the IRS, or the income tax, equals tax protester. Anyone who has the misfortune of bearing that title is most likely going to witness first hand just what "taxpayer abuse" really means.

Don't get me wrong. I am not in any way condoning the actions of those who, by one manner or another, attempt to cheat or not live up to their financial responsibilities as a U.S. citizen. But I do recognize the use of the label of "Illegal Tax Protestor" as another powerful weapon of the most powerful agency in America. It is time for Congress to compel the IRS to be more forthcoming about its audit procedures, even though the IRS would like us to believe that our system of taxation will collapse if the American people know how their tax collector goes about his or her business.

The IRS gains too much benefit from the privacy laws to come clean on its own. The culture of the IRS, built over decades of learning to hide behind the privacy laws, will not change on its own. Without intervention from Congress, it will not happen. Last year, a top career IRS executive testified before Congress that, "There is the general view that the more mysterious tax enforcement is, the more likely taxpayers will voluntarily comply." Mystery breeds distrust and contempt. It also breeds fear, which compels many taxpayers to comply with the tax laws because they are afraid of the consequences, but it does not breed voluntary compliance or trust.

The arrogance of the IRS is outrageous and harmful. We lose more than we gain by allowing the IRS to operate in this manner. Congress must demand accountability from the IRS. Congress must shine the spotlight on the IRS and never switch the power off.

Thank you.


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