Recently-discovered links of interest:
- Helen Thornley’s talk summarizing her research on the Women’s Tax Resistance League is now available to view on-line.
- Another tax day has come and gone, and Ruth Benn of NWTRCC reflects on what motivates her to get up and out on the streets to protest year after year: Why Bother?
- “A suspicious item that shut down an IRS building in Palm Springs turned out to be an energy drink can with a note.”
- “Civil society organizations” in Beni, North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have responded to the government’s unwillingness or inability to provide security in the area by calling on people to refuse to pay their taxes.
- Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo, Nigeria, has apparently decided that he can impose a “Community Levy” on people in the state, without bothering to go through the legislature. This is unconstitutional, points out Obi Nwakanma, who calls on Nigerians to “refuse to pay this levy, and be prepared to run anyone out of town who comes to them to collect this levy.”
- Tax evaders in Australia who are detected and fined so rarely end up paying their taxes and fines anyway that — according to Chris Leech in his paper “Detect and Deter or Catch and Release: Are Financial Penalties an Effective Way to Penalise Deliberate Tax Evaders?” — “deliberate tax evaders may be, on average, financially better off for having evaded tax and been caught, than if they had paid their correct amount of tax in the first place.”