1971: Vivien Renews Battle With IRS

By Al Aumuller, World-Telegram staff photographer - Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. 3c25123 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c25123, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1267147
Vivien Kellums, 1941, by Al Aumuller, World-Telegram staff photographer – Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Middletown, Conn. (AP)–Vivien Kellems fought another round in her long-standing battle with the Internal Revenue Service today, and emerged saying that the IRS is “a gestapo–it is the police force of this country.”

The 75-year-old spinster was summoned to the IRS office here to produce her latest records.

She refused, saying the IRS was violating her 4th and 5th amendment rights and that she would rather go to court rather than turn over records without a specific list of what the IRS wanted.

Miss Kellems said the IRS owes her $83,000 because it has taxed her at a higher rate than it levies on married persons.

She said she had refused to pay taxes since 1969 as part [of] her battle to get regulations changed so they tax married people at the same rate as single persons.

She said the IRS doesn’t have a figure on how much it says she owes the government.

“They can’t tell what I owe them because I haven’t paid anything since 1969,” Miss Kellems said. “The federal government owes me a great deal of money,” she told two young IRS agents in a meeting which was tape recorded for waiting newsmen to hear.

“I am not going to pour good money after bad,” she said.

From the Bridgeport Post (Bridgeport, Conn.), Monday, December 6, 1971.

 

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