It was a good opportunity for the local war tax resistance community to come
together and spread the word (and some cash) to other local do-gooders. There
were a dozen or so charities, with as many tax resisters handing out checks — each shared their story.
Oversight Board just released its
annual report. One section caught my eye:
Integrity and Service are Both Needed to Boost Voluntary Compliance
Our system of tax administration is based on the premise that taxpayers will
self-assess their tax obligations, file their taxes honestly, and pay what
they owe on their own initiative. For taxpayers to achieve higher levels of
tax compliance voluntarily, they must first regard tax compliance as an
expected social norm, an obligation they are expected to meet.
Secondly, taxpayers must have the information available to them to make their
tax obligations easy to understand and fulfill. The
does little to stress the need for integrity in the self-assessment process,
yet the Oversight Board’s annual taxpayer attitude survey found strong
support for personal integrity as a principal factor in paying taxes
honestly. The survey found that 86 percent of respondents cite personal
integrity as a principal factor inﬂuencing whether they report and pay their
needs to find ways to leverage this strong support of voluntary compliance
as a critical civic duty. It must remind taxpayers that tax compliance is a
“social norm” expected of every taxpayer, much like obeying laws
against shoplifting or drunk driving, and that noncompliance with taxes
hurts our great nation. Such campaigns can have a long-term effect on public
opinion, such as that wages by Mothers Against Drunk Driving to reduce the
number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities. In a similar vein, the Motion
Picture Association of America created an aggressive campaign that equaled
downloading music or movies illegally with stealing.
The Board is particularly concerned that the tax compliance message be
reinforced with America’s young people. All members of the tax administration
community can help disseminate this message. For example, the National
Society of Tax Professionals (NSTP) is
receiving high marks for its “Teaching Taxes to High School Students.” This
presentation could be an excellent candidate for the
NSTP to partner and create a similar product on the national level.
Self-Realization cannot be achieved in the absence of the purest ethical
life. There is no possibility of an ethical life if, by the mere act of
earning one’s daily bread, he becomes an accomplice to murder. Thus does the
State, by its mere existence, abrogate the ultimate right of the human being.…
…The simplest form of resistance is refusal of taxes. It is also the most
effective. All war is tax-and-debt financed. The common man pays in blood and
sweat. The parasitic Central Banker and his mouthpiece “Statesman” live well,
in air-conditioned suites, enjoying the emoluments of those who are high on
the predator food chain.
The fact that refusal of taxes may require a simplification and moderation of
lifestyle has the double ethical benefit of helping to save our ecological
commons from destruction.
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