Included with that article is another by Ed Hedemann in which he compares war tax resistance in the U.S. with that in other countries, particularly those in Europe.
activists who want to refuse to pay for war have it easy, at least compared
to most of the rest of the world. In the United States, everyone who wants to
resist taxes can do so.
We must file — or refuse to file — income tax returns, which makes refusal
possible, whereas in most countries that option doesn’t exist. For example,
in Britain, unless you’re self-employed, there is no income tax return to
file. Income taxes are taken directly from your paycheck (through Pay As You
Earn — PAYE) and employees cannot
control the amount that is withheld unless their employer is willing to be
…The consequences for those who are able to resist (mostly the self-employed)
are also a bit different. Generally, a court order is required in Britain to
seize personal property, which is done more frequently than in the United
States. In other countries (such as Germany), if there is a judgment against
a resister, tax agents can come to your house and put stickers on personal
property (TV set,
etc.) to indicate
that these items will be seized in 30 days unless the government gets paid.
Also, it appears that the percentage of resisters being sent to jail — though
small in number (only four in the last 20 years) — is higher in Britain than
in the United States. The sentences have ranged from a week to four weeks.
As a result of these restrictions, the numbers of war tax resisters in other
countries are much smaller than the several thousand in the United States.
For example, in Belgium, only one person is known to be a war tax
Benn and Hedemann both note the differences between the peace tax fund
proposals in Europe from the one in the United States. In the
Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act would wall off
federal military spending from other federal spending and would mandate that
tax contributions from conscientious objectors could only be applied to the
non-military budget items. The proposals of European peace tax fund plan
advocates, by contrast, “are geared towards having their taxes put into
new programs established to develop systems of nonviolent defense as
an alternative to the military.”