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The Week contest: Tax exemptions

Please invent a convincing rationale for not paying your taxes

Welcome to "What Next?", The Week's contest about current events.

Click here for the results of the previous contest: Spitzer's comeback

Last week’s question: An economist who claimed a "religious objection" to paying taxes was recently sentenced to four years in prison for cheating the IRS out of $1.67 million over 20 years. Now that you know you can’t play the religion card, please invent a more convincing rationale for not paying your taxes.

Results:

THE WINNER: I already rendered unto Caesar—at his Palace in VegasBrian Peppard, Oak Park, IL

SECOND PLACE: Goods & services not as advertisedSteve McConnell, Walpole, MA

THIRD PLACE: My 9-year-old grandson would spend it more wiselyBill O’Meara, Bedford, NH

HONORABLE MENTIONS:Filling out a 1040 violates our Fifth Amendment rightsCharles & Mary Parry, Catonsville, MD

My Swiss bank account has an early withdrawal penaltyNick Vaci, Columbus, OH

I live in the Moscow airport international terminalPaul Johnsen, Hartford, WI

Money may talk, but I have a constitutional right to remain silentFrank Letchworth, Knoxville, TN

Ain’t got no moneyWilliam Dean, Oakland, CA

I’m planning to donate it to the IRS legal defense fund, given the recent scandalKen Kellam III, Dallas, TX

My dog ate my 1040John Whitehead, Kirkland, AZ

My dog ate my moneyWes Conary, Uncasville, CT

It’s a free countryRaven Deerwater, Mendocino, CA

Why pay taxes when the government keeps printing all the money it needs anyway?Sue Zajac, Eagle River, AL

I gave at the officeHarvey Randall, Niskayuna, NY

I am a nonprofit organizationAngela James, Westminster, MD

I’ve already been robbed once this yearKenneth R. Updegrove, Cedaredge, CO

I’m Timothy GeithnerAngela Fiedler, Milwaukee, WI

Money talks, so paying taxes is an unconstitutional infringement on free speechLawrence Stone, San Diego, CA

I thought the Republicans reduced my taxes to zeroDarrell Chalstrom, South Bend, IN

My family voted to sequester the fundsEric A. McVadon, Great Falls, VA

Confirmed vegetarian refuses to support the government’s pork barrel projectsEve Bauschek, Appleton, WI

The 1 percent hardly pays taxes, so why should I?Nancy Alpern, Neptune, NJ

Living with the current Congress is taxing enoughJohn M. Carney, Bend, OR

My iPhone doesn’t have an app for taxesLisa de Groot, Richmond, VA

I don’t like my jobChris Wilhelmi, Chicago, IL

Peanut allergy: Paying taxes would leave me with nothing but peanuts, which would be harmful to my healthAudrey Nagel, Burlington, NJ

Just discovered the IRS won’t accept BitcoinsBarry D. Friedman, Dahlonega, GA

I’m a bank CEO—that tax money was just coming back to me anywayRyan Artola, Sunnyvale, CA

All my money is tied up in the Cayman Islands Children’s HospitalPaul Buchheit, Chicago, IL

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