Pay Your Taxes, Get Sued, Then Pay The Royalties
Imagine...you want to take advantage of a new tax rule. So you go to your financial advisor and ask her/him about it. The first thing you find is that your advisor has doubled her/his rate to cover the cost of doing patent investigations. Next, after you pay your taxes, you get a friendly missive from the law firm of Dewey, Cheatim, and Howe informing you that you're in violation of their client's patent. But do they want to sue you? Not at all. What they really want is for you to pay a royalty for access to the patent...say...50% of what you saved on your taxes. In fact, in an extreme example, just exercising the tax rule with no methodology could get you in trouble. Remember that, despite being reviewed by the US Patent Office, tons of spurious business processes and dubious inventions are patented every day, and unless they're challenged lawyers will do whatever they can to make money from them.
The only way to stop this nonsense is to do away with the notion of business process patents, and we need to do it soon before some enterprising corporation gets it in their head to patent the notion of paying your taxes in the first place: "Sir, we'll just take that refund of yours as the royalty for using our 'paying your taxes on time' process."
Why, the possibilities are endless. "Robocop" showed us a future of privatized policing. Why not a private Navy? Arrrrr, why not, Jim-lad?!
Or a private IRS, "IRS Inc." Collections would mushroom, and the deficit would vanish overnight.
And the RNC can patent Communicating With a Minor for Immoral Purposes. They would never have to hold $10,000-a-plate fundraisers ever again.
that's why we need to either a. not pay taxes or b. fingure out how to break even at the end of the year..no refund needed!