War Tax Resistance and Virtual Currency News

Some bits and pieces from here and there:

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  • Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey recalls his time with Juanita & Wally Nelson, and his own ambivalent experiences with war tax resistance, in an article for the Boston Review.
  • Here’s a recap of the recent National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee gathering in Florida.
  • I stumbled on this quote, shared recently by “tandy_jack” on Instagram, from the back of a Joan Baez album:

    We paid the taxes that bought the war that hired the men and dropped the fire that burned the huts and killed the people who then were the bodies that Scott counted. It’s a rotten thing to brainwash someone into doing the dirty part of the killing while we stay at home. It’s a rotten thing to pretend the war is coming to an end when it’s only taken to the air. And in if you don’t fight against a rotten thing you become part of it.

    What I’m asking you to do is take some risks. Stop paying war taxes, refuse the armed forces, organize against the air war, support the strikes and boycotts of farmers, workers, and poor people, analyze the flag salute, give up the nation state, share your money, refuse to hate, be willing to work… in short, sisters and brothers, arm up with love and come from the shadows.

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Edward Snowden: When the President won’t pay taxes, should the citizen? Coincidentally, new technologies raise the possibility of unstoppable tax protests.

exiled American dissident Edward Snowden made waves recently by promoting tax resistance to the incoming Trump regime

If the IRS does decide to crack down on virtual currencies, it may have to do so with virtual employees, as its real enforcement staff numbers have been dropping year after year:

In 2011 the I.R.S. had 12,101 examination enforcement staff and 3,733 collection enforcement staff; the numbers have fallen each year, such that in 2015, the agency had 9,189 examination enforcement staff and 2,612 collection enforcement staff.

This is from a new TIGTA report on IRS enforcement efforts.

This article, concerning another TIGTA report, gives a good indication of how strapped the agency is. Even when shown that there’s money on the table that just needs to be picked up (in this case, high-income people who haven’t filed income tax returns but whom the agency knows about), the IRS complains it doesn’t have enough people to do the picking.

A newspaper from published a story about one John Randolph, who had been “found guilty of uttering seditious and scurrilous remarks concerning the United States government” and had defiantly defended his actions in court. The remarks in question, at least according to the summary of testimony given in the article, amounted to: “the government was rotten and composed of a bunch of crooks and robbers and that he would rather go to jail than be conscripted.”

The article came to my attention because of this sentence: “He had also been arrested in California for refusing to pay a poll tax.” Hunting through California newspapers from , however, turned up nothing, so this civil disobedience didn’t make much of a splash. I think the California state poll tax was abolished in , for what that’s worth.