The Eugene Weekly has published the first in what
it promises to be a series of profiles of war tax resisters from Eugene,
Oregon. This first profile is of and by
I have been a war tax resister for thirty years. I was raised as a Christian
and really took to heart the commandment, “Thou Shalt not Kill.” I never felt
comfortable paying taxes for war, but I didn’t realize I had a choice. As
soon as I met some war tax resisters and realized it could be done, I began
It isn’t as scary as you might think because of the support we war tax
resisters give to each other. Not paying war taxes sends a strong statement
to the government that I’m against war. I wish more peace activists would do
it. If more people took this action, we could put an end to war. As one of my
favorite bumper sticker says, “If you work for peace, stop paying for war.”
Scott Schumacher blogs about his tax resistance experience.
He withheld the tax he owed in and included
a letter with his tax return explaining to the
why he was refusing to pay.
he hasn’t heard anything from the
about this tax debt.
Not only that, but in he
was due a refund when he filed his taxes in April. This meant that he wasn’t
able to resist his taxes when filing his return, but the
did give him his full refund without attempting to deduct his previous tax
“debt” from it.
The report shows that Nancy Pelosi’s congressional district, full of anti-war
liberals who are pleading with her to stop funding the war in Iraq, is also
full of eager taxpayers who pay, on average, twice what the average
American pays in over-all federal taxes (and 2½ times what the average
American pays in federal income tax). If Pelosi is refusing to cut off funds
for the Iraq War, she’s only following the lead of her consitutents.
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