Alvin Yorks Experience with the IRS!
We all know the story from the wonderful Gary Cooper film about one of the greatest Christian heroes of WWI (or any era, for that matter). What follows is a partial reprint from a piece which ran in the 1/6/98 issue of The New American magazine and tells as Paul Harvey would say the rest of the story: (Start New American piece)
Upon returning to America, Sergeant York was showered with offers of fame and fortune, including a nationwide tour, endorsements, and movie deals. But such was not in Yorks character, who claimed I felt that to take money like that would be commercializing my uniform and soldering. York wrote in his diary: It was very nice, but I sure wanted to get back to my people where I belonged, and the little old mother and the little mountain girl who were waiting. And I wanted to be in the mountains again and get out with hounds, and tree a coon or knock over a red fox. And in the midst of the dinners and receptions I couldnt help thinking of these things.
Alvin York went home to his mountains. He made his way to the same mountain where he prayed to God two years earlier for guidance, and there thanked God for bringing him home safely from the war.
In 1927, York established the Alvin C. York Agricultural Institute for the boys and girls of the mountains who had few educational opportunities. By 1937, York was no longer able to operate the school and it became a special part of the Tennessee public school system. In 1941, the story of Alvin York was made into a movie starring Gary Cooper, who won the Academy Award for the role. Alvin York acted as an adviser to the film. In 1952, he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and became bedridden.
By 1961, Alvin York, one of Americas greatest military heroes, was partially paralyzed, almost blind, and virtually penniless.
THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, THROUGH THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, REPAID ITS DEBT BY SUING YORK FOR BACK TAXES. THE IRS CLAIMED THAT YORKS ROYALTIES FROM THE MOVIE, MOST OF WHICH HAD GONE TO CHARITY, SHOULD BE TAXED AT A HIGHER RATE THAN YORK HAD USED. IN ALL, THE IRS CLAIMED YORK OWED THE U.S.GOVERNMENT $85,442, PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $87,155 IN INTEREST. THE IRS OFFERED TO SETTLE FOR $25,000 HOWEVER, WHEN IT BECAME APPARENT THAT ALL OF YORKS ASSETS DID NOT EQUAL THE $172,597 SOUGHT. WHEN THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WAS ALERTED TO SERGEANT YORKS PLIGHT, INDIVIDUALS CHIPPED IN OVER $50,000 WHICH COVERED THE DEBT WITH MONEY LEFT OVER FOR A TRUST FUND. (End of New American excerpt.)
The New American
Appleton, WI 54913-9895
In the end, the tyrannical demands of the IRS were still met, without resistance.