"If I don't pay up I'll go to jail for Tax Evasion. I'm crazy enough to take on Batman, but the IRS? No thank you!" -The Joker (Batman: The Animated Series, 1992-1995)

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The Internal Revenue Service is one of the most brutal and bloodthirsty government agencies on the planet. Rolling out the government's tax policies and seemingly doing things however they want without regard for the taxpayers.

Arizona lawmakers have had enough.

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Arizona Was Lied To

In 2023, Governor Katie Hobbs included a rebate in her budget to those claiming dependents on their tax returns from 2019-2021. In February 2023 the IRS decided that, in 17 states with similar rebates, the refund would not be subject to the federal income tax.

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Hobbes and others in the Arizona government were shocked, then, when the IRS decided in December 2023, after most families had received their refunds, that the refund would be taxed.

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The Issue

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Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes noticed something was off. This was in direct violation of the IRS guidelines, which Hobbes had followed when proposing the rebate.

Mayes and Hobbes were infuriated by the decision, taxing a payment to Arizona residents that was not income, but a refund. Put all together, the IRS is collecting around $20 Million from Arizona residents that should be in their wallets.

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This was the straw that broke the camel's back, and Mayes cooked up a lawsuit against the IRS, the U.S., and the Department of Treasury. This lawsuit claims that these three have denied the general welfare of Arizona citizens, violated Congress' power, and committed other crimes against the state.

The IRS has refused to comment on the suit at this time.

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