(PART 790)


Is it true that Lee H. Oswald's tax return(s) has not been released to the American public due to National Security?


Some of Lee Harvey Oswald's tax returns have been released and examined. But apparently some of his tax records have not been released for one reason or another. Oswald's 1962 tax return was made available to the authorities following the assassination. Here's what Vincent Bugliosi said about that in his book "Reclaiming History":

"Oswald's 1962 federal income tax return listed a total income of $1,354.06, $727.81 in wages from Jaggars-Chiles-Stovall and $626.25 from Leslie Welding Company; $57.40 in withholding tax was deducted from his wages. But even this $57.40 represented a significant amount of money to Oswald. He attached to his return a letter in which he said that in view of his having two dependents in 1962, "I believe if you check your records . . . you will find I should get a substantial refund from the taxes taken from my wages for fiscal 1962." (CD 107, pp.38–39, January 13, 1964) Though it wasn't much, Oswald did receive a 1962 income tax refund check from the federal government for $57.40 on April 2, 1963. (CE 1165, 22 H 224)" -- Page 1451 of "Reclaiming History" (footnote)

We also know that Oswald's 1956 tax return has been seen too (when Oswald worked briefly in New Orleans at Pfisterer Dental Laboratory and at Tujague's). Here's what Vince Bugliosi said about that '56 tax return:

"Although the original employment records way back in 1956 at Pfisterer are not available, partly because a fire destroyed or damaged many of them, we still know that [Palmer] McBride was wrong and Oswald went to work at Pfisterer in 1956 because Oswald’s 1956 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, signed and filed by him on February 7, 1957, shows that he worked at Pfisterer in 1956, with wages of $612.00 and taxes withheld of $69.30.

His return also shows wages of $80.16 at Tujague’s and $7.10 withheld, and wages of $80.00 at J. R. Michaels (where Oswald worked very briefly as an office boy after leaving Tujague’s and before being employed at Pfisterer’s) with $5.00 withheld. (CD 90a; WC Record 179-40004-10446; HSCA Record 180-10110-10130, December 19, 1978) And Oswald’s 1956 W-2 form at Pfisterer also survives.

How does [John] Armstrong handle this irrefutable evidence of the 1956 tax return and W-2 form? Easily. He said it was a “fabricated 1956 tax return,” presumably done by the FBI, who he also says “confiscated and destroyed” and “fabricated W-2 form,” Oswald’s 1957 and 1958 W-2 forms (Withholding Tax Statement) at Pfisterer (Armstrong, Harvey and Lee, pp.140, 154–155, 914).

Of course, Armstrong has no evidence at all that the FBI destroyed Oswald’s original W-2 forms and fabricated a new 1956 one along with a 1956 tax return. But by his naked assertion, he now necessarily brings the FBI into the picture as being part of the conspiracy to frame the Russian refugee for Kennedy’s murder.

Along the way, Armstrong has picked up people to help him peddle his daydream, including a daffy Pfisterer executive, Linda Faircloth, who wasn’t even around at the time but claims that Pfisterer’s owners told her that Oswald worked at the company twice, in 1955 and 1957 (Armstrong, Harvey and Lee, p.117).

Why the owners haven’t told this to anyone else, like the FBI or Armstrong himself, is not known. And, per Armstrong, everyone is in on the conspiracy to cover up the truth, including, remarkably, even the Assassination Records Review Board (Armstrong, Harvey and Lee, p.186)."
-- Pages 570-571 of Endnotes in "Reclaiming History"

Bugliosi also mentions this in another part of his book:

"One other set of records exempted from the JFK Act is income tax returns under Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code (JFK Act, § 11 (a))." -- Page 145 of Endnotes in "Reclaiming History" (footnote)

David Von Pein
September 1, 2014