It’s time for another international tax resistance news update:
The Hypo Alpe Adria bank bailout scandal has proven to be the last straw for some Austrian taxpayers. I’ve mentioned before the case of tobacconist Gerhard Höller, who recently started to refuse to pay his taxes and who started a website to encourage others to join his strike.
This article introduced me to Wolfgang Reichl, who is paying his taxes into an escrow account to protest the Hypo bailout.
Small business owners in Italy are also rebelling against the taxes and fees that are pushing their businesses into bankruptcy. Bed and breakfast owner Alessandra Marazzi laid off staff and started doing everything herself — working from six in the morning to eleven at night — and she still couldn’t keep above water. Then she sat down with her books and discovered that fully 84% of what she was bringing in was going to pay taxes and state-monopolized utility fees. She decided to stop paying taxes just so her business (and her family) could survive.
Her “protesta fiscale ad oltranza” (tax protest to the bitter end) movement is also gaining adherants. Caterer Andrea Polese, for instance, stopped paying and put a sign on her door reading “I am a tax resister.” Bar owner Mariano Pavanello posted a selfie with a sign saying “I decided to stop paying protection money to a state thief.”
Meanwhile, the planned tax strike of the Venetian secessionists continues to progress, despite the recent arrests of two dozen separatists.
Well, I can’t make heads or tails of the dialog in this video, but apparently it shows residents of Bani Obeid explaining why they have decided to stop paying taxes to protest against governmental incompetence.
The “comprehensive disobedience” movement that began in Catalonia has a new website, that includes material in several languages (including English). Its purpose: “to construct an international political and ideological space on the basis of the Integral Revolution.”
Meanwhile the Spanish war tax resistance movement is kicking into high gear (more details here) — and is increasingly targeting not just military spending but government spending on internal security forces, the Catholic Church, bank bailouts, the Spanish monarchy, and so forth.