Thomas W. Minguske v. Commissioner., United States Tax Court - Memorandum Decision, T.C. Memo. 1997-573, Docket No. 1180-96., Filed December 29, 1997
Thomas W. Minguske v. Commissioner.
United States Tax Court - Memorandum Decision
T.C. Memo. 1997-573
Docket No. 1180-96.
Filed December 29, 1997.
Thomas W. Minguske, pro se. Lynn M. Brimer and Eric R. Skinner, for the respondent.
MEMORANDUM FINDINGS OF FACT AND OPINION
LARO, Judge: Petitioner petitioned the Court to redetermine respondent's determinations with respect to his 1992 and 1993 Federal income taxes. Respondent determined the following income tax deficiencies and additions thereto:
We must decide whether to sustain these determinations. We hold in respondent's favor. Section references are to the Internal Revenue Code in effect for the subject years. Rule references are to the Tax Court Rules of Practice and Procedure.
FINDINGS OF FACT
Some of the facts have been stipulated. These stipulations and the exhibits submitted therewith are incorporated herein by this reference. Petitioner resided in Charlotte, Michigan, when he petitioned the Court.
Petitioner did not file a Federal income tax return for either of the subject years. During those years, petitioner was a licensed dentist, and he operated a dental practice as a sole proprietor. During 1992, petitioner received the following amounts of money for his dental services:
In 1992, petitioner also received a $118 refund for income taxes paid to the State of Michigan in the prior year. Petitioner filed a 1991 Federal income tax return.
During 1993, petitioner received the following amounts of money for his dental services:
In 1993, petitioner also realized bartering income of $50 from a transaction with Trade Network, Inc.
Petitioner did not file an income tax return for either year in issue, and respondent determined that petitioner was liable for the above-mentioned deficiencies and additions thereto. Petitioner must prove respondent's determinations wrong. Rule 142(a); Welch v. Helvering [3 USTC ╤ 1164], 290 U.S. 111, 115 (1933).
Petitioner has not introduced any evidence that rebuts the evidence submitted in support of respondent's determination of the income tax deficiencies and additions thereto. Instead of attempting to challenge the merits of respondent's determinations, petitioner chooses to rely on shopworn assertions as to the validity of the Federal income tax system. All of petitioner's arguments are similar to rejected arguments of other taxpayers who have previously petitioned this Court in protest of their liability for Federal income tax. Petitioner's assertions in this case are characteristic of the tax-protester rhetoric that has been universally rejected by this and other courts. We will not painstakingly address petitioner's assertions as to the validity of the Federal income tax system "with somber reasoning and copious citation of precedent; to do so might suggest that these arguments have some colorable merit." Crain v. Commissioner [84-2 USTC ╤ 9721], 737 F.2d 1417, 1417 (5th Cir. 1984). Suffice it to say that petitioner is subject to Federal income tax during the relevant years, and we sustain respondent's determinations.
To reflect the foregoing,
Decision will be entered for respondent.