War Resisters Redirect Taxes to Charity in Vermont
In Battleboro, Vermont, war tax resisters held a ceremony
in which they redirected a few
thousand dollars from the
community groups. The Times Argus covered the
ceremony, at which resisters Daniel Sicken, Ellen Kaye, and Lou Waronker.
Ellen Kaye of Brattleboro, who was holding a hand-painted sign that said, “I
Haven’t Bought A Bomb ,” said she
decided in that she just couldn’t send
money to the federal government to use on military actions.
war tax resistance on their
program. Dean Baker of the Center for Economic Policy Research and Jeremy
Scahill (author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most
Powerful Mercenary Army) presented the problem, and area war tax
resister Jon Marley promoted a solution. Host Larry Bensky talked about his
own tax resistance from years ago. (If you download the archived broadcast,
the tax-themed segment starts at 67:45.)
America has a long tradition of tax resisters who, by various methods, pay no
taxes or withhold the portion earmarked for war. Some people never even file
tax forms — but, unfortunately, once you file you have to keep on doing it or
risk big trouble. I’ve heard of one woman who refuses to pay any taxes except
for Social Security, and gives the money to war victims instead, fully
what she’s doing. Now… it’s not an understatement to say the
ruin your life. Although home seizures are rare, it’s been known to happen.
Less rare is the garnishing of wages. Even if they don’t take direct action
against you, tax debt goes onto your credit report, and is taken far more
seriously by lenders than outstanding credit cards or medical bills. You may
never be able to get a loan at all — so if you think you might want to buy a
house or even just a car someday, be forewarned. If you still want to
consider tax resistance, the War Resisters League publishes a how-to manual.
The last stage before deciding to resist taxes is to list all of the reasons
(and exaggerate them a bit) why it’s just too scary and difficult to become a
tax resister. So I expect we’ll have Sheiner in our camp before long.