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Is it possible to not exist in this country?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by mac66, Nov 13, 2012.



    Mar 3, 2010
    One thing that comes to mind is a farm hand. Usually can get a room or old house to stay in and get paid in cash.
  2. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

    Sep 10, 2008
    Nowhereville, USA
    Yes very possible to hide anyone or anything..Look how Romney hide his finances.:whistling:

  3. Obama will go after him for not having health insurance.
  4. Where can a person "take a shower at work" without having entered the world of paperwork because of that work? Just asking...

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  5. Kozel


    Jan 16, 2007
    46.58N 121.75W
    That is something I did not ask them about.

    What I do know from other people is that one can go for many years without filing taxes or claiming “8” before IRS remembers about you.

    I had a friend who did not file for several years but with right accountant he ended up getting back cash from the government.

    IRS us a gigantic, blind, mindless machine. If you know people that can manipulate it you can get away with a lot.

    Not me though. I file my taxes every year with major tax services and pay what they tell me to pay but I see a lot of people getting by without doing the same.
  6. quake

    quake Millennium Member

    Aug 4, 1999
    Arkansas, USA
    Some construction companies and oil-well service companies I deal with have showers on-site for their people, and I'd imagine that least some of them have undocumented 'employees' there as well.
  7. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    It's possible and even legal if you don't skirt any laws like driving without a license, but it ain't easy and can't be good for the kid to not know anything about the world other than what his parents know.
  8. Kozel


    Jan 16, 2007
    46.58N 121.75W
    My neighbor from across the street fell off his riding mover on the way home. He was way too drunk and underage. County cop told him to get up and escorted him home.
    Outside of city limits things work a little different.
  9. And Obama his college and K-12 records...

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  10. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
  11. Kentguy


    Nov 22, 2010
    Kent, OH

    Outside of faking your own death... All you can do is jump off the grid as best you can, but your never completely invisible.

    Big Brother is always watching...
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2012
  12. RWBlue


    Jan 24, 2004
    The best part of having undocumented people is that when you kill one off, they never really existed.
  13. Carry16


    Sep 7, 2004
    SW Missouri
    You cannot escape Google Earth...........:wavey:
  14. wingryder


    Oct 9, 2012
    28.420, -81.171
    There is a great Documentary on Netflix called "Erasing David." A guy in England went to great links to "erase" himself from the grid. Then gave himself a head start and hired 2 private detectives to try and find him. He resorted to living in abandon buildings and out in the woods to disappear.

    It would not be worth it to give up the comforts of civilization to vanish... No Bank account, no electricity, no phone, no internet or email... it would be tough. Even the homesteaders in Alaska have fuel and electric services.

    If you wanted to exist in civilization, you would probably have to adapt to a homeless lifestyle... keeping a low enough profile to not to attract any attention from law enforcement.

    Google yourself sometime. It is pretty unnerving how much info you will find about yourself.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2012
  15. Stupid


    Oct 26, 2005
    There's a book called "How to be invisible." You should look it up.

    Let me tell you. It is NOT cheap to be invisible. For almost all of us, it is not worth it.
  16. azdave


    Mar 8, 2007
    SE Arizona
    "he tore up his social security card"......tearing up your card doesn't suddenly make you disappear off the simply means you now have no card. If a card had been issued, there is a file on that person.

    If income is not reported to the IRS by employers, you don't exist to them, and they don't report wages/earnings to SS.

    I have owned remote property in 3 of Arizonas more rural counties..........and I can affirm that there are MANY people living this way, most by choice....and most are happy.

    I have known people that have had kids that "don't exist"......think about it.....
    Birth at home, no SS#.
    Home schooled, no enrollment records.
    Don't ask for assistance, none given......and in fact many rural counties are hurting so bad, they will gladly "overlook" the 'folks' living this way as long as no one makes a stink.
  17. RWBlue


    Jan 24, 2004
    You can sue them to remove you, but then you will have the Streisand affect.
  18. UtahIrishman

    UtahIrishman BLR Silver Member

    Nov 11, 2001
    I've known a few sheepherders who live this way
  19. wheelsoffreedom76


    Nov 2, 2012
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  20. mac66

    mac66 Huge Member Millennium Member

    Oct 28, 1999
    Blue Planet
    Certainly have no intention of dropping out of society. I like my life as it is.

    In reading the responses and doing some research, there seems to be a sub culture of people who live on the fringes of society. Homeless/transients are among them. Certainly illegal aliens are among them although some get false ID to manipulate the system. I know there are people in the south west US that live out in the desert in RVs, shacks, tents etc. Not to mention hippie communes.

    The system however seems to be set up so that you are dependent on it. They make sure from cradle to grave that you participate in it. It is virtually impossible not to. Even the most remote place in the country has at the very least a county government set up to look after the people in it.

    I would guess that "not existing" on paper is not realistic. Existing below the radar (not making enough money to pay taxes, or have a bank account for example) or existing at a level where the govt doesn't care you exist might be more doable (though not very desirable).