March 29, 2001, Los Angeles, Paul Ballmer, a graduate of Freedom Law School and a determined and tenacious Freedom Fighter, won a unanimous JURY VERDICT against the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB). The FTB, probably the biggest, most aggressive, arbitrary, and oppressive of all Income Tax Agencies in America (far worse than the IRS), owed Paul Ballmer $250,000 in damages, as well as attorney’s fees and expenses for violating the law and Mr. Ballmer’s privacy rights.
On July 20, 2001, the State of California issued a check for $337,122.53 to pay the judgment. (See actual copy of the victory check below.)
Mr. Ballmer sued the FTB under the Information Practices Act (IPA) because of the FTB’s refusal to correct the erroneous records on Mr. Ballmer. The IPA is the State of California’s information privacy laws. These laws require the FTB to maintain ONLY records which are “personal, relevant and necessary” and to the maximum extent possible, “accurate, relevant, timely and complete.” In addition, this series of laws require the FTB to “designate an employee to be responsible for ensuring that the agency complies with all of the provisions” of these laws. The FTB ROUTINELY violates every one of the above-mentioned laws and more.
Moreover, the FTB was and is required to “establish appropriate and reasonable administrative, technical and physical safeguards to ensure compliance with the provisions” of the IPA laws. However, the FTB adamantly refused to do so, despite repeated administrative attempts by Mr. Ballmer asking the FTB to follow the law. It took Mr. Ballmer 9 years of letter writing, filing a lawsuit, losing in court, and finally a reversal in the Court of Appeals to deliver the crushing blow to the GOLIATH FTB.
Due to Mr. Ballmer’s determined pursuit of the lawless FTB, his records were somehow “DESTROYED” and the two illegal tax liens were “mysteriously” removed. Coincidence? Or maybe someone with the FTB figured out they were messing with the wrong guy!
The FTB remains the most aggressive, arbitrary, and lawless income tax agency in America. Apparently they have not learned to follow their own laws. At present, Freedom Law School’s students have several lawsuits pending against the FTB for violations of a variety of laws. Our goal is to force the FTB to follow the law and stop the harassment of law abiding Americans.
*Click here for Freedom Law School’s course on how to “Beat State Income Tax Agencies Now.”
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