The U.S. tax system may be facing a major disruption due to a lawsuit filed in April of this year. The suit, brought by a New York attorney, seeks to challenge the constitutionality of the federal income tax system and could have major implications if the case is successful.
The lawsuit, entitled Johnson v. United States, was filed by lawyer Steven Johnson and his client, James Bery of Virginia. Johnson and Bery allege that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has not provided sufficient evidence that the federal income tax has been mandated by Congress. Furthermore, they argue that the Sixteenth Amendment, which allowed Congress to tax incomes, is unconstitutional.
In addition to the claims made in the lawsuit, Johnson and Bery have made several points of contention. They argue that Congress has not provided clear evidence that it has the constitutional authority to levy an income tax, that the Sixteenth Amendment was not properly ratified, and that the federal government has unlawfully seized and diverted wages.
If the case is successful, it could have a major impact on the U.S. tax system. The case alleges that the federal government has been collecting taxes without proper constitutional authority, and this could lead to billions of dollars being refunded to taxpayers. Additionally, the IRS has been criticized for utilizing outdated and inefficient methods in collecting taxes, and Johnson and Bery’s lawsuit could result in the federal government overhauling its tax collection system.
However, the case is not without its detractors. The IRS has argued that there is ample evidence to prove the constitutionality of the Sixteenth Amendment and that Johnson and Bery’s claims are unfounded. Additionally, there are some legal experts who believe that the case will likely be dismissed, as courts have historically had a hard time overturning established laws.
It remains to be seen how the case will unfold, but Johnson and Bery’s lawsuit could have a major impact on the U.S. tax system. The case is currently in the discovery phase and a ruling is expected in the coming months. It will certainly be an interesting case to follow as the facts are put in dispute.