, I helped Northern California War Tax Resistance put on a workshop for people interested in tax resistance. One of the attendees was Gordon Li, a reporter for California Patriot — a conservative paper at U.C. Berkeley.
We assumed that he was planning to write some sort of “look at these scandalous hippies who refuse to support our brave troops” article, but I think, now that I’ve read Li’s article Tax Crazy, which he wrote before attending our meeting, that he was also trying to learn more about tax resistance techniques in the hopes of putting them into service in a conservative tax resistance effort.
Be that as it may, the article Li came up with isn’t much to get excited about. It starts off with this curious non-sequitir:
For many years, anti-war citizens have been trying to advance their cause without actually doing any work. War tax resisters are a group of people going back to who feel that they should not pay any or part of their taxes because they feel it would go to a “system that supports the military.”
From there it goes on to chide certain Democrats in Congress for co-sponsoring the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund act on the one hand, and then attacking Bush for failing to adequately supply the troops in Iraq on the other.
In spite of my best efforts (I gave a presentation at the workshop on how to lower your income below the tax line), Li ignored what I had to say on the topic and instead must have lazily referred to the out-of-date NWTRCC literature on the subject, for he writes: “Some more interesting measures include living below the taxable income level, which is $7,950 if you are filing as a single.”