I noted that a group of American activists was trying to get groups to sign on to a low-risk tax resistance campaign.
Here’s a new example: the 100-Day Tax Strike. The basic idea behind it is that this April, when people file their income tax returns, they will file an extension, withhold $100 of the taxes they anticipate owing, and pay the rest. Then they will file their returns 100 days later with the $100 they had held back originally.
This is about the very meekest way you can dip your toes into tax resistance, but for people with an exaggerated idea of the fierceness of the IRS, that may be the only sort of resistance they feel capable of. Even so, their FAQ is full of frightening things like “How can I protect my assets if I participate in the 100-Day Tax Strike?” and “Can I be put in jail for withholding $100 for 100 days?”
It’s launching at an unfortunate time, as many people have already filed their returns, and of those who haven’t, many will be expecting refunds and won’t have $100 to resist (the campaign encourages people who are getting refunds to donate $100 to activist groups).
The founders are clearly very enthusiastic about their project, and we can hope they will apply the lessons learned from this year’s effort to a bigger and better campaign to follow.