International Tax Resistance News

Some international tax resistance news:

  • Princess “Infanta” Cristina of Spain has been indicted on charges of large-scale tax evasion. The charges were filed by a private anti-corruption group, as the government was unenthusiastic about prosecuting someone from the royal family. Indeed, the state prosecutor told the court that the tax agency motto “Hacienda Somos Todos” (“The Treasury is Everyone”) was “only an advertising slogan” and shouldn’t be applied to her highness. So now, a group of retired taxpayers from Mallorca is saying “if la Infanta won’t pay, neither will we.”
  • In Greece, the «Λαϊκής Στάσης Πληρωμών» (“People Stop Payment”) movement continues to disrupt auctions of homes and businesses seized “by state banks and bandits” from people with tax or other austerity-induced debts.
  • Meanwhile, guerrilla electricians from the «Δεν Πληρώνω» (“Won’t Pay”) movement continue their noble work of reconnecting the power to families who have been cut off for inability (or unwillingness) to pay the new taxes added to electricity bills.
  • In Russia, truckers have gone on strike to protest a new road tax and the corruption behind it — one of a number of protests that are worrying the Putin regime.
  • An activist who was arrested protesting against the Jeju Naval Base in South Korea has elected not to pay his fines but to serve prison time instead.
  • Justices of the Bombay High Court, exasperated by corruption in the government of India, nigh endorsed mass tax resistance as a response:

    “If the same loot continues, taxpayers may resort to a ‘non-cooperation movement’ and refuse to pay taxes,” observed Justice Chaudhari of Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court.

    “Do taxpayers pay the money to the government for such kind of acrobatics? To eradicate the cancer of corruption, the ‘hydra-headed monster,’ it’s now high time for citizens to come together to tell their governments that they have had enough of this miasma of corruption,” the High Court observed.

Tens of thousands of British nonconformists have been refusing to pay at least a portion of their rates because of their opposition to the provisions of the Education Act of that allow for taxpayer funding of sectarian religious education, which, more often than not, means Anglican or Catholic religious education. In our survey of a sample of newspaper coverage of the movement, we’ve now crossed over into .

The only article in my sample from this month comes from the Burnley Gazette:

Passive Resistance

Scenes at Todmorden.

A scene with passive resisters took place at Todmorden Police Court on . There were 27 defendants from the Hebden Bridge district, including four ministers and three ladies summoned for non-payment of the educational part of their poor rate. They came to the court encouraged by a letter from Dr. Clifford to “light on till we cleanse the fair fame of England.”

The Rev. William Jones, Baptist, acted as spokesman, and was stating the grounds of the resisters’ conscientious objections, when Mr. Gamaliel Sutcliffe, chairman of the Bench, told him to keep to legal objections.

Mr. Jones protested that that was an unfair magisterial interpretation put on the summons, and declared that it reduced the court proceedings to a farce.

Mr. Sutcliffe demanded a withdrawal of such language.

Mr. Jones refused to withdraw. Thereupon the Chairman refused to hear him further. Mr. Jones said such a judicial farce was fittest taken in camera.

Amidst a scene of excitement the passive resisters left the court in a body, and afterwards held a protest meeting.