Man Gives IRS the Finger

  • Robert S. Thomas,
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On a basic and fundamental level, most American taxpayers understand that taxation is necessary to keep the government, military, infrastructure, public service, education, and emergency services running. But beyond this basic understanding, there is little consensus on key aspects of taxation. For example, not everyone agrees with how big the government should be, who should bear the greatest tax burdens, or how taxpayer money should be spent. Further, many people hate paying taxes and hate the IRS.

One man in Olympia, Washington, took his grievance against the IRS way too far. Normand Lariviere, is a 68 year old veteran and one-time defense contractor. He had a history of disputes with several federal agencies, including the IRS, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. After growing increasingly agitated against the IRS for perceived inattention to his tax case, Lariviere sent threatening packages to an agency office in Utah. These packages contained a marijuana cigarette, a bullet, and his own finger.

You read that correctly. He cut his own finger off and put it in the mail to the IRS. His severed finger was part of a message that stated he did not intend to pay his taxes.

As this was not enough, Lariviere subsequently sent a fake pipe bomb to the same IRS office, with photos of himself and prior correspondence from the IRS. While he later acknowledged that workers who saw the device would be frightened, he stated that he sent it regardless. He claimed that the IRS’ conduct had cause him to become “self-radicalized” and also made ominous warnings about additional plans. Lariviere was charged with the crime of communicating a threat to injury through the mail.

Do not do what this man did. While Lariviere is not alone in his dissatisfaction with the service he was receiving from the IRS, his reaction to his situation was clearly on the extreme side of the spectrum. He committed serious injury to himself, then he followed it up with a federal offense. If you are planning to dispute an IRS decision, then do so in a legal, constructive manner. This means hiring a tax attorney and either filing a tax appeal with the agency or in Federal Tax Court.

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If you have an IRS tax matter that is agitating you, don’t take the law into your own hands. Instead, contact an experienced tax lawyer to fight for your legal rights. For over two decades, I have guided clients through complex tax disputes. I have a Master of Law Degree (LLM) in Taxation, and a license to practice in the United States Tax Court. Let me help you. Contact The Law Offices of Robert S. Thomas at 847-392-5893 to schedule a consultation or visit our website today.

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