Some links of interest:
Tax Resistance Heats Up in the U.S.
- Allen D. Madison of the University of South Dakota Law School has written up a good summary of The Legal Consequences of Noncompliance with Federal Tax Laws [in the U.S.]. There’s an important difference between what the IRS can do and what it will do, but if you want to know what it can do, this paper is an authoritative source.
- War tax resister Ed Hedemann was interviewed on KABC: “Over the years I’ve refused to pay 85 thousand dollars to the IRS. I’ve sent it all to other organizations. Not a penny for myself.”
- Hedemann’s story was picked up and expanded on by MarketWatch: What happens when you refuse to pay taxes for 40 years?
- War tax resister Robert Randall was on WMNF: discussing military spending and what to do about it.
- This isn’t quite tax resistance, but is of a similar nature: Shannon Coulter has been organizing a boycott of businesses who traffic in Trump family products that’s shown some muscle.
- Michael King speculates on the prospects for a tax strike at truthout:
If Stephen Miller and Steven Bannon and Trump continue to run the country and we have international wars and we have a government that won’t comply with court orders, we are going to need tax resistance. Tax resistance is the kind of thing, like general strikes, that people toss around really easily and say, “We should just not pay our taxes,” but, again, I think this moment is pretty unique in American history. Tax resistance has been a part of the history of the United States of America since the beginning… Like a general strike, it [can] happen if everybody is going to do it. People need to get together and create a means by which folks can actually feel comfortable not paying their taxes, putting it into a separate account and getting receipts for it and all doing it together as a collective political statement.…
Tax resistance is something [with which] we can break their backs, and when and if it is time, we should do it together.
- At the NWTRCC blog, Ruth Benn reviews techniques of tax resistance for people who are in it for the long haul.
Tax Resistance Around the World
- Wendy McElroy examines how tax agencies are adopting to Bitcoin and how individuals can prepare to fight back.
- A new tax in Belarus has fallen with a thud, with the vast majority of targeted citizens refusing to pay.