News from the American War Tax Resistance Movement

A new issue of NWTRCC’s More Than a Paycheck is out with articles on how to make the most of a tax levy, nationwide tax day demonstrations, tax law and court case updates, a remembrance of long-time war tax resister Cynthia Foster, a profile of tax resister Tim Pluta, and more.

The Central Jersey Home News Tribune profiles war tax resister Bryan Nelson:

[T]he 26-year-old New Brunswick resident is giving the $3,082 he owes the government directly to a nonprofit veterans group, a local soup kitchen and a bevy of other causes.

“I will not contribute to the government while it’s waging an illegal war,” Nelson said , standing at a weekly anti-war vigil in the borough.

With his act of civil disobedience, Nelson is joining thousands of other like-minded Americans who oppose the war so adamantly that they refuse to personally fund it.

TIGTA notes that while the IRS has been increasing its enforcement activity (audits, and so forth) in recent years, this isn’t so impressive when seen on a somewhat larger timescale:

Many compliance activities increased and results improved during . , the IRS has been reversing many of the downward trends in compliance activities that had occurred in prior years.… The use of collection enforcement tools was greater and enforcement revenue collected continued to increase (to $48.7 billion), but the total dollar amount of uncollected liabilities increased to $271 billion.…

The overall percentage of tax returns examined increased by just over 4%, and the number of field examiners increased by just over 9%. However, the percentage of tax returns examined is still 27% lower than it was in . The number of tax returns of individuals examined increased. However, 82% were conducted via correspondence examinations, which are usually not as comprehensive as face‑to‑face examinations. The number of corporate tax returns examined decreased 1%, after increasing 71% in . However, the number of these examinations has decreased 59% since .