There must be fifteen ways to stop paying for the war…
- Join the “Don’t Buy Bush’s War” campaign
Take the pledge to refuse to pay a portion of your income tax when 100,000 others pledge likewise.
- Join the War Tax Boycott
Beat the rush and sign up now to start resisting your income tax right away.
- Get under the tax line
More than a third of Americans live under the income tax line today, and with a little knowledge of tax law (and some frugal living strategies) you could be one of them.
- Dig the underground economy
Millions of Americans bring in significant earnings from the underground economy, which represents about 10% of the gross domestic product. The IRS believes that the government loses some $200 billion each year because of its inability to enforce a tax on these transactions.
- Stop smoking
There’s a federal excise tax of 39 cents on every pack of cigarettes sold in the United States. Drop your smoking habit, and maybe you’ll help Congress cut down on their war spending as well.
- Homebrew your own beer & wine
It’s legal (and fun!) to brew your own beer and wine. And when you do, you avoid paying the federal excise tax on alcoholic beverages.
When you do it yourself — whether it’s repairs around the house or cooking your own meals or growing your own vegetables — you replace taxed commercial transactions with untaxed personal development.
- Choose a credit union over a bank
Banks are taxed on the profits they make with your money. Credit unions aren’t. Enough said.
- Try barter
Good old trade — you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. The IRS considers barter to be a taxable transaction, but they have to catch you first!
- Take up freecycling instead when you have the urge to splurge
Freecyclers use the internet to publish lists of the goods they would like either to give away or to find. You can find anything from building materials to furniture to textbooks to computer parts to baby products to bicycles to guitars and more — all completely free of charge. The less money you earn and the less money you spend, the less chance the government has to tax you.
- Leave the car in the garage
Every gallon of gas you put in the tank is another 18.4 cents you’re sending to Congress (even more if you drive a diesel). Besides, we all know that the government wouldn’t be so eager to invade Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran if they weren’t sitting atop all that car juice.
- Stop paying your phone tax
Each month, most of us unknowingly contribute to the policies we resolutely oppose — because every local telephone bill includes a 3% federal excise tax. It’s easy to stop paying this tax.
- Quit your job and start working for yourself
You can take more control over your income, your tax withholding, and your tax deductions by going into business for yourself. C’mon. You know you want to.
- Leave the country and become a taxpatriate
The IRS will still try to tax you and your income anywhere in the world, but if you’re in another country they’ll have to try a lot harder.
- Volunteer to help people get tax refunds
Every year, thousands of low-income Americans who are due tax refunds fail to get them because they are baffled by the complexity of tax filing. The IRS will train you, free-of-charge, to volunteer to help low-income families file for the tax refunds that are coming to them.