Some international tax resistance news that has flashed across my browser in recent days:
- Christopher Coverdale, a retired man living in Rye, England, has
stopped paying his council tax on the grounds that to pay it would be to illegally support terrorist activity.
He has refused to pay more than £1,800 so far, and was recently given
a 42-day jail term for his refusal. “My case is that I refuse to break the
law,” he said. “I have never refused to pay tax but I am refusing to commit
an illegal act: to hand over money for the purpose of terrorist
actions.” Last year, he sent a letter to his council asking them to verify
that none of his tax money was supporting terrorist acts and war crimes,
We have been advised that the safest thing to do in this situation is to suspend further tax payments until we know for certain that it is not a crime. I’m loathe to stop paying tax as I don’t want to affect the essential services provided by the council, but if it’s true that paying tax renders us criminally liable as accessories to genocide I must withhold all payments until the Supreme Court confirms that the crimes have ended and we won’t be prosecuted.
- Millions of transport trucks across India stood idle in a strike designed to abolish a toll.