Some links from here and there:
- Logan Marie Glitterbomb, at the Center for a Stateless Society, advocates a campaign of gradually transitioning to cryptocurrency as a way of facilitating war tax resistance. Such a campaign would “allow for us to take direct action against the war machine, by refusing to fund it. The campaign encourages people to move at least $1 of fiat per day into their choice of cryptocurrency. The goal is to aid individuals in a gradual transition away from fiat and into using crypto as their primary currency without asking people to dive in all at once.”
- The Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy, a movement opposing the Ortega regime in Nicaragua, is trying to gather support for a civil disobedience campaign that would feature tax resistance as a key tactic: “Tax resistance to withhold economic oxygen from the regime for repression.” The “Blue and White National Unity” group has signed on to the call. They hope to pressure the regime to release political prisoners and to fulfill agreements it made in negotiations during previous strikes. The Ortega regime released 100 political prisoners to try to lure the opposition back to the negotiating table (not including tax resistance leader Irlanda Jerez, who has been tortured in prison, and is still being held).
- Arief Poyuono, deputy chair of the opposition Indonesian party Gerindra, called the 2019 presidential election in Indonesia a fraud: “Among the steps that the people who don’t recognize the government that resulted from the 2019 presidential election can take is to stop paying taxes to said government,” he said in a press release.
- The IRS is redesigning its W-4 form. This is the form that employees fill out when they start a new job, or when they want to change how much tax is withheld from their paychecks. The new form, though still in the drafting process, looks like it’s going to be much more complicated. This may also, alas, complicate the process for people wanting to get started with tax resistance by reducing the amount withheld from their paychecks.
- Some new photos from the 1898 Dog Tax War in New Zealand have emerged.
- Fed up drivers continue to disable and destroy traffic-ticket cameras. TheNewspaper.com cites several recent examples from France and Germany.
- Another potential contributor to worsening “taxpayer morale” in the United States: the word has gotten out that the poorest taxpayers are about as likely to be audited as the richest 1%.
- I thought this was interesting: I’d heard that the IRS could step in and claim top priority in a bankruptcy — pushing other creditors aside as it helps itself to what’s left of your assets. But what I didn’t realize is that this apparently only applies to the tax part of your tax debt: not to any interest & penalties the IRS has applied. For those, the agency has to get in line like everyone else.