Are You An "Employee?" Probably Not!
As former president Bill Clinton once said, "It all depends on what the meaning of is is." If you don't think that federal lawmakers and the "powers that be" behind them tinker with the meaning of words, it's time that you woke up and smelled the coffee...
Lawmakers know that the average American does not owe any federal income tax, but in order to deceive you into believing that you do, words in the statutes are deliberalely re-defined to mean something other than their ordinary meaning. Take, for example, the word "employee." We all know what that means, right? WRONG!
Here is the definition of "Employee," straight from the Internal Revenue Code (Title 26:Subtitle C:Chapter 24:Section 3401(c)):
For purposes of this chapter, the term “employee” includes an officer, employee, or elected official of the United States, a State, or any political subdivision thereof, or the District of Columbia, or any agency or instrumentality of any one or more of the foregoing. The term “employee” also includes an officer of a corporation."
How about that?! Guess who is NOT included as an "employee:" - YOU who either work for yourself or who work for a private, non-government owned company.
Oh, and don't let the word "includes" throw you... you may be thinking that by this definition "employee" has both its normal, English-language meaning AND IN ADDITION the list of "government people" in this definition. NOT SO! The word "includes" when used in a statute like this EXCLUDES anything that is NOT in the list immediately following.
For some additional excellent discussion about exactly who is an employee subject to the statute, please see the excellent article "Debunking IRS Lies
" (PDF) by Dave Champion.