By E-Mail, someone asked “Should I get a SSN for my newborn child?”
Some people say “If you don’t have a SSN, then you don’t owe income taxes.” That probably is false, but I don’t know of any specific precedent.
The precedents for income tax trials are pretty clearcut. Judges have consistently said “You’re our slave! We own your labor! No loopholes! No exceptions!” You probably won’t be able to get out of income taxes without a SSN. I don’t know of any specific case. However, all the other “tax protesters” almost always lose. I can’t imagine a “no SSN defense” being any different.
Some people may get away with it. If you’re a small fry and not actively promoting freedom, then it isn’t worth it to crack down on you.
If you don’t have a SSN, you may not be able to claim the child as a dependent on your tax return, but I’m not 100% sure. They use the SSN to prevent two people from claiming the same child as a dependent. This matters if you have on-the-books income.
Without a SSN, you may not be able to get a State driver’s license.
Without a SSN, you may not be able to open a State bank account.
You may not be able to get any on-the-books job.
If you get an on-the-books job and refuse to fill out a W-4, your employer is required to withhold at the highest rate (single no exemptions). However, most employers would fire you for refusing to fill out a W-4, because they don’t want the hassle from the IRS. Without a SSN, you wouldn’t be able to get a refund of the excess withholding.
I’d advise to get the SSN, to avoid the hassle. By refusing to get one at birth, you already probably placed yourself on a “subversive persons” list, if you weren’t already. You might even get a visit from Child Protective Services, for refusing to register your child as State property.
The important point is that you teach your child to not think like a slave. Your child could always start an agorist business and not report the income, even if he does have a SSN. Even though I have a SSN, I still could start an agorist business. I could always go the Mike Gogulski route, and move to another country and renounce my US citizenship.
The good news is that the State probably won’t exist 20 years from now, making it a moot point.