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Marlene Gaysek

32/17... I recalled that there were a number of workers in the area who
went to their employers and filed false W-4s...and they placed themselves
in enormous fiscal jeoprody...33/000...I think it was about 200 people...
...33/10... around the time that GK went on television in W. texas ...almost
200 workers went to their employers and filed W-4 exemption forms which
precluded their employers from withholding their own income taxes. Thus,
200 former compliant, law-abiding taxpayers placed themselves in enormous
fiscal endangerment that they would not have enough paid in to cover their
own taxes...33/45...and had some problems ahead of them...
...34/00...well that's one of the reasons that we developed a guide
for the media so that they could ghelp their readers understand the felatciousness
of these arguments so that anybody that really looked at these marketing
points could see the lies in their arguments...and that the people who were
in good stead with the IRS would not endanger their own circumstances by
follwing these false teachings...34/37...
...34/51...well as far as selective prosecution, IRS selects people
to prosecute because they fail to comply with the law, willfully fail to
comply with the law...35/02...
certrainly we want to assure that people know what the consequences
of following these same actions would be and part of the consequences is
facing criminal prosecution...35/16...
and I'm not that familiar with the transcripts of the trial to know
whether that is part of the argument,
35/23...but, indeed this is one of the ways that the IRS and other govt.
agencies select cases that we recommend for prosecution. that they serve
as an example and also as deterence. So that people will, who are complying
are confident that that they're complying for a good reason and to deter
people from failing to comply...35/48...
...36/04...well of course you're asking us to count a negative which
is never easy to do...we know there are still people who try to drop out
of the system that's getting harder and harder for us to, for people to
do and easier and easier for us to find...What that means if you drop out
of the system, you can't own a car, you can't get a driver's license, you
can't buy property, you can't get a credit card, you can't take out a loan.
So it's harder and harder for people to drop out of the system...36/40...
...our figures show that the people who are filing rthese types of tax
protest returns are fairly consistent, the numbers are not growing...but
of course trying to count what's not there it's hard to give you a figure...36/54...
...we do know that there is a hundred billion dollar tax gap...and that
is, the projedtion of what our researchers tell us should be paid and is
not. Some of this is attributable to tax protesters...
...37/55... well, I guess my first real recollection of it, I wasn't
familiar with the name GK, but I was familiar with the posse comitatus and
the more violent tax protest groups in the mid-70s. In fact was involved
with a number of investigations involving illegal tax protesters of the
same ilk. The potential and dangerous nature of some of these people of
course cause us to pay a lot of attention to them and their activities...In
1983 I was group manager in Macon , GA...it brought home how dangerous these
individuals could be...
...38/49...it had a big effect around the coutry as it did with all
law enforcement...
...39/48...in a career with the IRS, I've been involved with a number
of dangerous incident...we send out an armed agent to accompany them...
...40/57...one of the things I think about and you asked Gary this question,
what, how does the public percieve us... these people that work here....don't
have anything against us, we are the community, ...that's one of the things
that strikes me, we are not the govt. we simply represent them, ...we are
simply represtenataves of your govt....
....43/00 I hope we don't forget the two law enforcement people that
we've lost...
...45/30...I absolutely do not agree. GK is not a folk hero, GK is a
criminal! He's a murderer...he's not a folk hero...the man was a criminal
and ended his life as a criminal...
...MARLENE...46/25...when he talked about the personal committement
of our employees,...nobody likes to pay taxes...it is the citizens right
to protest, but until those laws are changed they are expected to comply
with them...46/50...Taxes are a very important part of our country they
are the way we make sure our roads get built, that we can defend our country...healthful
drugs, healthful meats...it is a very personal statement...the people that
administer the tax laws are concerned about those same things. But when
somebody violates them, we do not take it personally...47/39...
...if somebody says the tax laws stink...it's our job, we don't take
it personally...
....48/23,...the gold standard was not addressed...one of the arguments
is since we got off the gold standard, that value of our notes is not worth
much so that people would pay their taxes in the value of 1967 dollars...I
believe that was the year we went off the gold standard...48/55...
...however, the interesting point was, they would claim their refund
in current dollars...so there were games that were played...you have 180K
...49/24...and if there was a legal way of getting out of paying taxes,
certainly one of those 120K people would have come up with it. And all the
arguments that we've heard, none of them hold water...the courts alll the
way up to the supreme court have held in favor of the govt. on the side
of the govt....if somebody sees this and says heh, that's not such a bad
idea, we invite them to call us and talk with us about it and give us a
chance to give the other side...49/58...
...50/32...Jeff when you first called me I was concerned you were going
to do a documentary about all these wonderful ways that people don't have
to pay taxes...and I was concerned about that because when any one of us
renigs on our responsibility to pay our fair share, that means all the rest
of us that are complying have to pull a heavier load... there's over a 100
billion dollars in the tax gap...and all of this comes from ordinary people
who don't report cash, moonlighting, it comes from these little cheaters
that's causing a hundred billion dollars in the tax gap and just think of
the condition our country would be if we had that money right now, we wouldn't
have the deficit we have...I think we'd all feel better...just the fact
that you appreciate what you pay for...if you get something for nothing
that's just what it's worth to you...51/57...
...and I think having a stake in your country is kind of a benefit of
pay8ing taxes...it's makes you think I don't like this, I'm going to go
vote...I like explaining the logic and the good things about the fed. govt.
and it suprises a lot of people...it gives me a lot of pleasure to give
people the good news side of the govt....it makes me feel proud that I do
have some good things to talk to people about especially about the IRS...
56/07...we view the IRS as part of the solution instead of as part of
the problem in our country... and it makes a difference when you can go
to work everyday and make it count...I think every one of our 120K employees
feel that way...
with interviews of...
Joan Kahl
Yorie Kahl
Lynn Crooks
Toots Mathis
Dennis Fisher
John Noah
Irv Nodland
Bill Kennelly
Prof. Ed Gran
Jack McLamb
Delores Everts
Scarlet Skiftu
Herman Widicker
August Pankow
Victor Seil
Marlys Klimek
Ron Perleberg
Len Martin
Brad Kapp
Robert Holiday
Tom Lee
Ed Fitzpatrick
Gene Nail
Buford Terrell
Marlene Gaysek
Bob Ralston
Darrel Graf
Steve Schnabel
Jack Swan
Loreen Dyck
Mark Stagg
Sheriff Ray Weatherby
Jack Miller
Tracy Adams
Allison Hoffman
Jeffrey F. Jackson
production design
Jim Haddon
Peter Lloyd
film editing
Tracy Adams
Martyn Hone
Jeffrey F. Jackson
original music by
Tracy Adams
sound department
Tracy Adams
Jeffrey F. Jackson
Rex Reddick
produced by
Jeffrey F. Jackson
Angela Kaye
writing by
Jeffrey F. Jackson
directed by
Jeffrey F. Jackson
A timeline of the life of Gordon Kahl, from early childhood interests, to his marriage to Joan Kahl, his decorated military experience, his outspoken tax protest, the Medina shootout, and his unusual death in Arkansas in 1983.
VARIETY /   Indie documaker Jeffrey F. Jackson sticks it to the IRS and the Feds in "Death & Taxes," a hard-hitting reinvestigation of the 1983 Gordon Kahl case, about which questions still linger. Jackson's unfazed, investigative reporting-style approach and inventive handling of familiar material make this a controversial item for fests and progressive webs. Non-U.S. viewers will also get a charge out of its conspiracy theme. read more
CHRONICLES MAGAZINE /   Gordon Kahl was a simple farmer who became famous for not filing income tax returns. Imprisoned and hounded by IRS agents who never did prove he owed any amount of money, Kahl and his son were involved in a shootout with police. The son is still serving a prison sentence, but the father was surrounded and shot in Arkansas by police officers who mutilated and burned his body. read more
GUNS & AMMO /   A new video documentary, Death & Taxes, details a case of government murderously out of control that was briefly mentioned in the October 1994 Guns & Ammo article "The Ugly Truth About Gun Control." Death & Taxes is the story of Gordon Kahl, a North Dakota farmer and decorated World War II veteran, and his apparent death at the hands of federal agents. read more
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Death & Taxes (DVD)
First time on DVD (113 min)
Death & Taxes (VHS)
This is a limited edition collector's VHS in the original unbroken packaging. (113 min)
Death & Taxes Miniseries (DVD)
Set of 6 DVD's comprising the complete uncut footage from the documentary film project. (783 min)
Gordon Kahl: Godfather of the militia movement
Now Available!
This set of 6 DVD's comprises over 13 hours of uncut footage, including a 2+ hour prison interview with Yorie Kahl, and candid interviews with wife Joan Kahl. In this rich stockpile of research, you'll find many more threads than could reasonably be pursued in the final feature.
The Death & Taxes Miniseries DVD Set Includes...
01: Gordon Kahl Meets With Head North Dakota U.S. Marshal Bud Warren (60 min)
02: The Beginning: Gordon Kahl's military experience and views on a variety of subjects (93 min)
03: Gordon's Texas Tax Trial (90 min)
04: Medina Shootout (60 min)
05: Gordon Kahl Was...: A montage of over 25 people describing who Gordon Kahl was in their eyes. (50 min)
06: Mysterious Death In Arkansas (90 min)
07: Media Circus: Chronological portrayal of Gordon Kahl in the media (70 min)
08: Yorie Kahl Prison Interview (150 min)
09: Joan Kahl Uncut Interviews (120 min)
The connection between Gordon Kahl, Timothy McVeigh, and the Oklahoma City Bombing
A little-known fact regarding Death & Taxes is the surprising connection to Timothy McVeigh and the ATF / Oklahoma City Bombing. Here's a clip of Jackson sharing the story during a director's commentary on his film Postal Worker.
Manhunt in the Dakotas
The story of Gordon Kahl so captured the attention of mainstream America that it was turned into a highly-rated made-for-television movie titled In The Line of Duty - Manhunt In The Dakotas.

DEATH & TAXES is the story of Gordon Kahl, a North Dakota farmer who became America's "most-wanted" fugitive. How had a WWII war hero become the target of one of the largest manhunts in FBI history? Gordon Kahl U.S. Marshalls Most Wanted Fugitive
Gordon Kahl's charred and burned remains were reexamined after his exhumation. The island of unburned skin shows that Kahl's body was likely positioned against the floor at the time he was set on fire.
The badly burned remains of Gordon Kahl, with an island of skin that shows he was in a prone position at the time of the fire.
Was Kahl a racist, gun-toting fanatic? Or a victim of an IRS policy of harassing vocal tax protestors into silence to keep the rest of us intimidated? Did Bill Clinton conspire to cover-up the torture and execution of Gordon Kahl in Arkansas? Did federal agents mutilate and burn the body to cover-up the murder of the wrong man?
DEATH & TAXES follows the trail of Gordon Kahl as his body is exhumed for a new autopsy. Building on newsreel clips covering two fiery shootouts and hundreds of interviews -- with IRS agents and federal prosecutors as well as Kahl's family and supporters -- D&T explores the myths and controversies surrounding a man who dared to challenge the federal income tax system. Some revile Kahl as a cop killer. Others revere him as an American patriot. Which was he?