The Philadelphia Inquirer has a good profile today of war tax resisters Kevin McKee, Joseph Donato, and Inge Donato.
The three — members of a small group called the Restored Israel of YAHWEH, which was founded by conscientious objector and war tax resister Leo Volpe — are among a very select group of war tax resisters who have actually done time for their convictions. Two are still in prison.
The Donatos and McKees have no idea what they will do once the men finish their sentences. The construction company has been dissolved; they don’t plan to restart it.
Then there’s the issue of the back taxes that still have to be paid. They petitioned the IRS to pay the $300,000 into a victim/witness fund, instead of the general treasury, but they were denied.
The ruling is part of an appeal, but a higher court is unlikely to change it. The only legal way to avoid paying taxes, [National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund executive director Alan] Gamble said, is to live below the poverty line.
McKee and Joseph Donato both said they would rather work and make a living, but they weren’t eager to pay taxes in the future.
“If they’re going to force me to pay, I won’t pay,” McKee said. “If the consequences are coming back here, I will.”