A month or two ago I posted the article Can you pay your bills with your birth certificate?
In that post I talked about a friend who has gone through all of the proper steps to pay his bills using his birth certificate. He sent copies of appropriate Notices to the Receiver General, the Bank of Canada, Canada Revenue Agency, and Minister of Finance.
He has since forwarded me two of the responses that he received. Yes, he did receive a response from all 4 agencies. He said the other two were short and sent via email. My friend gave me permission to copy the letters to my blog as long as I remove any personally information which I have done.
The letters are attached to the bottom of this post. You will notice a lot of legal wording in these letters. The one from the Minister of Revenue talks a lot about income tax, even though the notices sent to him mentioned nothing about income tax at all. If you haven’t already read those notices they are included in the article about paying your bills with your birth certificate.
If there are any experienced freemen on the land out there reading this it would be great to get your response to the government’s response to Robert Arthur: Menard’s 96 fix, also known as ‘accepted for value’.
Response from the Minister of National Revenue
Dear Mr. Name Removed For Privacy,
I am writing in response to your correspondence received on March 19 and 22, 2010, concerning your income tax affairs.
It seems you have received misleading information with repect to Canaed’s tax laws. The federal government has the legal authority to levy and collect taxes. This authority and the constitutionality of Canada’s tax system have been confirmed by ever major court decision that has dealt with these issues. The courts have confirmed the legality of the Income Tax Act under the Constitution Act, which includes the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Moreover, section 248 of the Income Tax Act provides a definition of “person” or any word or expression descriptive of a person. Various individuals and groups, however, refer to concepts such as “natural person,” “corporation sole,” “animator,” and “free-man-on-the-land,” terms whose meanings are not clear and that do not affect a person’s oblications under the Act.
Under Canada’s income tax system, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) does not control or censor the advice that Canadians exchange concerning income tax matters. While taxpayers are entitled to their own opinions, they are, nonetheless, responsible for their obligations under legislation passed by Parliament and enforced by the court system.
The CRA’s concern is that taxpayers who follow misleading information and accept incorrect advice could expose themselves to serious financial and legal problems, including reassessments, penalties, and interest charges, because of their failure to comply with the law. It is especially unfortunate that some taxpayers may have paid considerable fees for such misinformation. Some of the misleading information distributed by certain groups and individuals about income tax and the duties of the CRA is addressed on the CRA Web site at www.cra.gc.ca/myths.
The documents you included with your correspondence have no legal force or effect. The CRA cannot assist you in paying your personal financial obligations. I sugest that you contact your creditors directly if you are unable to meet your obligations and wish to discuss payment.
I trust that this information will be helpful.
Response from Director General of the Bank of Canada
Dear Mr. Name Removed For Privacy,
We are writing in response to your letter, post-stamped February 24th 2010, addressed to the Receiver General for Canada. Given the nature of your request, we have been asked to respond to your letter and take appropriate action, if required.
After a review of the content of your correspondence, we wish to inform you that the items included is not a negotiable instrument recognized by the Financial Administration Act, nor is it a payment issued by the Receiver General and therefore we cannot accept it for payment.
As we are unable to respond directly to your demand, the papers included with your correspondence are being returned to you.
Banking and Cash Management Sector