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Death or Taxes: The Sad Truth About Our American Taxation System

Premieres in Sacramento





Sacramento, CA – Death or Taxes: The Sad Truth About Our American Taxation System makes its Sacramento debut at the beautiful Crest Theater on Sunday January 16, 2011 at the Sacramento Film & Music Festival.


The filmmakers, Roni Deutch, James Simmons and Leslie Simmons, and one of the film’s participants Richard Hatch, fresh from his latest hearing in his ongoing legal battle, will be available for interviews at a press event on Friday, January 14, 2011, at SIMZ Production’s studios in downtown Sacramento. To schedule an exclusive media spot, please contact Leslie Simmons (details above).


With a run time of 78 minutes, Death or Taxes takes a hard look at the horrifying realities faced by the millions of taxpayers who owe back taxes, many of whom are forced to make life-changing decisions. Should they pay their rent or pay their back taxes? Put food on the table or pay the often exorbitant fines issued by IRS agents in the name of Uncle Sam? Death or Taxes tells the story of the good, honest people who get caught in IRS quicksand—some of whom are pushed beyond hope into the last decision they’ll ever make.


The film has already received two Awards of Excellence at the Los Angeles Movie Awards; Best Editing for a Documentary Feature and an Award of Excellence for a Documentary Feature. The film also won an Award of Merit at the 2010 Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood.


Roni Deutch, a well known tax attorney and author of Surviving the Coming Tax Disaster, and SIMZ Productions, an independently owned and operated film company based out of Sacramento, California, teamed up to expose how our broken tax system is systematically destroying millions of lives. Death or Taxes features interviews with U.S. Congressman John Linder, FOX Business Network journalist Elizabeth MacDonald, first Survivor winner Richard Hatch, Shirley Barron, the wife of the man who committed suicide following years of IRS enforced collection at the hands of a rogue agent, and Terry Hoskins, the man who bulldozed his home when IRS collection activities caused his bank to initiate foreclosure proceedings, and many others.


At the heart of our tax system there are two truths:  The system is broken and it has a body count. Death or Taxes brings to light the extraordinary suffering endured by ordinary people every day in the name of tax law.


For more information, please visit and follow @deathortaxes.  To schedule an interview with the filmmakers or Richard Hatch, please contact Leslie Simmons.


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About the Filmmakers

Roni Deutch, The Tax Lady, is a well known tax attorney who has devoted her career to fighting IRS abuse and educating taxpayers on how to fight back. A respected expert in the industry, Roni is frequently a guest on CNN, CNBC, FOX Business Network, FOX News Channel and NBC Today. In addition to publishing multiple books (The Tax Lady’s Guide to Beating the IRS and Surviving the Coming Tax Disaster), Roni has represented thousands of taxpayers with IRS horror stories, all sharing the common theme of hopelessness, desperation and the paralyzing fear that goes with owing the IRS. When Joseph Stack flew his plane into the Austin, Texas IRS building on February 18, 2010, Roni knew it was time to expose the sad truth about our American tax system.


SIMZ Productions is an independently owned and operated film company based out of Sacramento, California. SIMZ proudly partnered with Executive Producer Roni Deutch to tell the compelling stories of taxpayers who face extreme hardship and to expose the truth about the federal tax system. Director of Photography James Simmons has worked in television for 15 years and Producer Leslie Simmons has been in the business for five. This is one of hundreds of projects they have collaborated on, along with their devoted and extremely talented team.


About Richard Hatch
Richard Hatch is best known for winning the first ever season of Survivor. Following his success on the reality television show and his $1,000,000 prize, Richard worked with attorneys and accountants to determine his tax obligations for the prize money. In spite of his best efforts, Richard was accused and convicted of tax evasion. Richard served 52 months in federal prison, 4 months spent in solitary confinement, without ever having been assessed a tax debt. Richard’s ongoing battle with the tax and legal systems continue today, as Richard works to clear his name, and come to a settlement with the IRS.


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