Some bits and pieces from here and there:
- A little while back, Peter J. Reilly, at his Forbes blog on taxes, mentioned the case of war tax resister William Ruhaak, who recently lost a court case in which he was trying to get legal recognition for his tax stand. He mentioned the case in passing, and in kind of a flippant way, so I didn’t bother to link to it here at first. But apparently he struck a nerve, and has since responded to his reader feedback with the first post of what he promises will be “a fuller discussion of tax resistance as a form of war protest” — mostly a paean to Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience. Reilly isn’t particularly sympathetic to war tax resistance, as he seems happy to take patriotic myths about America’s military adventures at face value, but so far he’s giving a reasonably fair shake to the idea of tax resistance.
- The Tax Policy Center has crunched the numbers to try and figure out how the ranks of “lucky duckies” (those American households who aren’t required to pay income tax) will expand or shrink in the coming years based on some different policy options. They project that for 2012, for instance, between 45.7% and 46.3% of households will pay no federal income tax.