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Texas man arrested for paying tax in $1 bills. What ...?
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A man in Texas has been arrested while trying to pay his tax in $1 bills for “disrupting the operation and efficiency” of the local tax office.

Timothy Norris, 27, was trying to pay his $600 property tax at a tax office in Wichita Falls, Texas, last Wednesday when he was told to leave the office by Tax Assessor Collector Tommy Smyth. Smyth accused Norris of creating a disturbance and disrupting the efficiency of the authority as the latter wanted to pay the whole sum with $1 bills.However, the banknotes were folded very tightly so it “required tax office personnel approximately six minutes to unfold each bill,” Smyth said, the Times Record News reported.

Unfolding the bills paralyzed work in the office, so Smyth asked Norris to leave. However, the latter refused. The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was present as the situation unfolded tried to arrest Norris but he pulled away and the deputy had to use force to detain him.Norris was charged with criminal trespass and additionally charged with resisting arrest. Norris’ bail was announced as standing at $500 for both charges.
Texas you make your country proud with this one. I'm genuinely surprise he did't get shot by the police.Please tell me this is illegal what they did to him. Here the link. http://rt.com/usa/229051-arrest-one-dollar-tax/



A Wichita Falls man made news last week when he was arrested while trying to pay his property taxes.

Only there’s a little bit more to the story than that. The 27-year old Texan, Timothy Andrew Norris, arrived in person at the Wichita County Courthouse to pay his $600 property tax with individual dollar bills – only there was a twist. Or, er, a fold. Norris had allegedly folded each bill so tightly that it “required tax office personnel approximately six minutes to unfold each bill.”

If you’re doing the math, that means that it would take 3,600 minutes – or 60 hours, longer than a work week – to unfold the bills.

Tax Assessor Collector Tommy Smyth said that the spectacle brought work in the office to a halt so he asked Norris to leave. Norris refused and was eventually arrested and charged with criminal trespass. As you can imagine, Norris was none too happy about being arrested and attempted to break away from the arresting officer, earning him an additional charge of resisting arrest.

Norris might have been agitated because he was cutting it a bit close. According to the “official online window on state government service from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts,” most counties and/or municipalities usually mail their tax bills in October. The final deadline for payment is generally February 1, after which a payment is considered delinquent. Norris arrived at the courthouse before the delinquency date – on January 28 – to pay his taxes which means that he was still on time.


Texas makes it clear that cash is an acceptable form of payment for property taxes. At Section 31.06 of the Texas Code:


A collector shall accept United States currency or a check or money order in payment of taxes and shall accept payment by credit card or electronic funds transfer.

The same is true for the feds. There is no law that says you have to pay your taxes by check, credit card or by using the largest bills possible. By federal law, at Section 31 U.S.C. 5103, you can pay your taxes in coins and currency:

United States coins and currency (including Federal reserve notes and circulating notes of Federal reserve banks and national banks) are legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues.

You may not want to try this at home. When you pay your taxes in cash, you’ll need proof of payment, which means you need a receipt. If you make it difficult for your payment to be counted, you might not get that receipt. The tax office isn’t staying open extra hours to count your money – nor do they have an obligation to do so. I’m guessing that you could make the argument that the tax office is required to count your cash every day until they have a total (and therefore a receipt) for you. In the case of Mr. Norris, assuming that they put a staffer on unfolding and counting his cash payment every day, it would take over a week to process, likely making Mr. Norris’ tax payment late.

Of course, we weren’t in the tax assessor’s office that day but I’m guessing Norris didn’t offer to come back the next day. Again, we don’t know what happened exactly. We just know it didn’t end well.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2015/02/03/texas-man-arrested-after-attempt-to-pay-taxes-with-dollar-bills/
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Hahahaha. x) I love it. Make the government work for it if they're gonna tax you for every stupid thing.
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What the ...? American can't count?




Timothy Norris, 27, was trying to pay his $600 property tax at a tax office in Wichita Falls, Texas, last Wednesday when he was told to leave the office by Tax Assessor Collector Tommy Smyth.

This makes more sense.
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It's gonna be hard to get out of the resisting arrest charge. However, he should file a lawsuit. The dollar is legal tender for all debts according to federal law. It is a serious crime on Tax Assessor's part to reject them as payment.
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Rohzek wrote:

It's gonna be hard to get out of the resisting arrest charge. However, he should file a lawsuit. The dollar is legal tender for all debts according to federal law. It is a serious crime on Tax Assessor's part to reject them as payment.


I go head and assume the Tax Assessor's did't know that part of the law or he or she forgot about it.
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And then, inflation skyrocketed, and the entire world was plunged into chaos.
We now call this "The Taxing of the World."

Moral of the story: Don't pay taxes.


KarenAraragi wrote:


Rohzek wrote:

It's gonna be hard to get out of the resisting arrest charge. However, he should file a lawsuit. The dollar is legal tender for all debts according to federal law. It is a serious crime on Tax Assessor's part to reject them as payment.


I go head and assume the Tax Assessor's did't know that part of the law or he or she forgot about it.


Pretty sure that's illegal, for the tax assessor.

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KarenAraragi wrote:


Rohzek wrote:

It's gonna be hard to get out of the resisting arrest charge. However, he should file a lawsuit. The dollar is legal tender for all debts according to federal law. It is a serious crime on Tax Assessor's part to reject them as payment.


I go head and assume the Tax Assessor's did't know that part of the law or he or she forgot about it.


Pretty sure that's illegal, for the tax assessor.


Are't they suppose to take training so they don't forget ? Because if he or she did, well better star apologizing to the man before shit get out hand fast.
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amazing how stupid people can be.only in america
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Rohzek wrote:

It's gonna be hard to get out of the resisting arrest charge. However, he should file a lawsuit. The dollar is legal tender for all debts according to federal law. It is a serious crime on Tax Assessor's part to reject them as payment.


lol it even says "THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE" on money
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*facepalms* What kind of arrest is that??
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them refusing the money was illegal but him resisting arrest was also illegal
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Just FYI, there is a law on the books that allows a government agency to refuse any obviously unreasonable payment for taxes or fees.

He was obviously trying to make a spectacle of the ordeal, and they were well within their rights to refuse his payment. The resisting arrest and everything else that comes with it is on him.

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ubernoobnth wrote:

Just FYI, there is a law on the books that allows a government agency to refuse any obviously unreasonable payment for taxes or fees.

He was obviously trying to make a spectacle of the ordeal, and they were well within their rights to refuse his payment. The resisting arrest and everything else that comes with it is on him.

Edited for spelling error.




If the man hadn't tried to be an ass and disruptive to the office nothing would have happened. Moral of the story: Don't be stupid kids; you can go to jail for violating the law.
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Yep. Had he gone in and paid it with neatly stacked/bundled $1 bills they probably wouldn't have even blinked. He put way too much effort into being a jackass and got called out on it and eventually arrested. Move along folks, nothing to see here.
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ubernoobnth wrote:

Just FYI, there is a law on the books that allows a government agency to refuse any obviously unreasonable payment for taxes or fees.

He was obviously trying to make a spectacle of the ordeal, and they were well within their rights to refuse his payment. The resisting arrest and everything else that comes with it is on him.

Edited for spelling error.


Really? Whelp, I stand corrected.
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