New Numbers on I.R.S. Liens, Levies, and Seizures

The Church of England Quarterly Review indignantly reported that “At a meeting of the farmers of Kilmacon, county of Kilkenny, on the , the following resolutions were adopted:”

1st. That we, the undersigned, solemnly declare that we feel a conscientious objection to the payment of tithes, as being a remnant of our slavery; an unjust tax on our property and industry, as being injurious to our religion and insulting to God. 2d. That we consider the man that will enforce tithes an oppressor, determined to perpetuate our slavery, to injure our property, and to insult our holy religion. 3d. That we consider the man that pays tithes (unless he be a Protestant) an enemy to his neighbour, an enemy to his country, an enemy to his religion, and an enemy to his God. [Then follows an immense list of signatures.]

I’ve mentioned here before tax resistance in Papua New Guinea around . Here’s a story of another tax strike there, this time from (from the Sydney Morning Herald). Excerpts:

Thousands expected to rally at tax hearing

Mr Oscar Tammur, a member of the Territory House of Assembly, will appear in Court here , summonsed for not paying his council tax.

Mr Tammur is patron of the Mataungan Organisation, which opposes the peninsula’s multi-racial local government council and which organised village violence last Sunday week.

There are fears that thousands of his supporters could rally around him tomorrow, and Rabaul’s 700 police are braced for a possible wave of violence.

Mr Tammur is one of about 150 people already summonsed for not paying their council-tax

The summonses are being issued at the rate of about 100 a week as authorities try to recover about $50,000 in tax outstanding.

The Mataungan Association is running a rival tax collection and has collected $29,000 which, it says, it is holding in trust until the council reverts to its old native-only status.

Mr Tammur is the first of the Mataungan leadership to be summonsed.

Although he could not be gaoled , he could be eventually if he continued to refuse to pay.