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Started: 5/26/2010 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ROUND 1: Opponent will choose 1 of the 3 topics and decide to argue pro or con in the 2nd round, and leave me 3 choices to be argued in the second round.

Judges/voters will decide who presented the better case.

My opponent's choices:
A) Handicapped people should have a permanent license plate, not just a mirror hanger.

B) The BP oil spill is not being handled well.

C) Maple baseball bats are too dangerous.


I would like to thank twsurber for posting this debate and confirm that I will arguing in favour of Resolution A - Handicapped people should have a permanent license plate, not just a mirror hanger.

In return, I would like to invite my opponent to choose from the following debate topics:

A - Jesus Christ was gay and John the Evangelist was his boyfriend.

B - There should be a massive crackdown on tax evaders.

C - Designer clothes companies should not make products for the obese.

Thank you.
Debate Round No. 1


B - There should be a massive crackdown on tax evaders.

I concur with the topic as stated.

DEFINITION: Examples of Tax Fraud and Evasion

Sales Tax Evasion
A New York City retailer offers to let a customer pay cash and provide a false out-of-state address to avoid paying the City's sales tax of 8.625%. He offers to ship an empty box to the customer's mother in another state as a precaution, so it looks as it the purchase is going out of state.

Business Income Tax Evasion
1. Your accountant "saves you money" by inflating your business expenses, such as your cost of goods, to lower your business tax liability. She also suggests that you lower your income by reporting only credit card sales, not cash transactions.

2. The owner of a company uses his corporate credit card to pay for family vacations, entertaining personal friends, and buying flowers for his wife. These "corporate" expenses are then deducted on the company's tax return, as well as not reported on the owner's personal income tax return as additional income.

Personal Income Tax Evasion
You attend a party at a friend's home, and one of the guests brags that, although he lives in Manhattan, he does not pay the City's Resident Personal Income Tax because he owns a summer home in the Hamptons that he uses as his tax filing address.

CONTENTION 1: The 16th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States is the authority of taxes to be collected. This makes it a federal requirement.

CONTENTION 2: If there is a law/rule, it should have a consequence if not followed. Other wise, there is nothing compelling a person to follow it.

Section 7201 of the Internal Revenue Code makes it a Federal crime or offense for anyone to willfully attempt to evade or defeat the payment of federal income taxes.

A person can be found guilty of that offense only if all of the following facts are proved beyond a reasonable doubt:

First: That the person owed substantial income tax in addition to that declared in his tax return; and

Second: That the person knowingly and willfully attempted to evade or defeat such tax.

The proof need not show the precise amount of the additional tax due, but it must be established that the person knowingly and willfully attempted to evade or defeat some substantial portion of such additional tax as charged.

The word "attempt" contemplates that the person had knowledge and an understanding that, during the particular tax year involved, he had income which was taxable, and which he was required by law to report; but that he nevertheless attempted to evade or defeat the tax, or a substantial portion of the tax on that income, by willfully failing to report all of the income which he knew he had during that year.

CONCLUSION: Failing to pay taxes can be likened to stealing. Taxes are used for a variety of functions of the government. It is a duty of citizens to pay their due taxes. Not only is it the right thing to do as a citizen, it is a requirement of the law, and even Biblical. (Render unto Caesar).



brian_eggleston forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by brian_eggleston 6 years ago
Please vote for twsurber by the way. Even f I had posted in time he would have deserved to win.
Posted by brian_eggleston 6 years ago
With apologies for the forfeit, unfortunately the 12 hour time limit and the time difference between the UK and the US prevented me from posting in time. However, this is what I would have posted:

I would like to negate the resolution that handicapped people should have a permanent license plate, not just a mirror hanger.

This is because mirror hangers are transferable whereas license plates are not. This is important because a disabled driver may have access to more than one car.

For example, a handicapped gentleman may use an economical and practical Reliant Robin [YouTube Clip #1] to commute work or go shopping in but keep a Rolls Royce Phantom to blast about in at the weekends. [YouTube Clip #1]

Furthermore, a seriously handicapped person may not be able to drive at all and have to rely upon friends and family to ferry them about. In this case the disabled parking permit can be transferred to the car of the person doing the driving.

Thank you.
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