With “tax season” upon us we speak with independent researcher and US income tax historian Pete Hendrickson. Mr. Hendrickson is the only American citizen who has received a full refund of all income, Medicare and Social Security taxes withheld throughout his working life. He argues that the income tax and to whom it applies has became vastly misunderstood by most of the US citizenry. This was the result of a major public relations campaign during World War II and the subsequent growth of a federal bureaucracy and tax-preparation industries in the post-war era.
Hendrickson is the author of three books, Cracking the Code: The Fascinating Truth About Taxation in America (2003), Upholding the Law and Other Observations (2006), and Was Grandpa Really a Moron? Critical Inquiries for a New American Century (2009).