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War Tax Resistance Grows
50¢ Of Every Tax Dollar Goes To Pay For Wars
Large Numbers of Americans Refusing To Pony Up
By John Tiffany
American Free Press.com
3-8-5

Increasing numbers of Americans say the U.S. government is involved in
immoral and illegal wars around the world and are refusing to support
this with their tax money. The invasion and occupation of Iraq and
Afghanistan and the indiscriminate killing of civilians, for example,
are outlawed by international law.

"Of every tax dollar paid, more than 50 cents goes to pay for past,
present and future military expenses. The military budget for the
Department of Defense alone for 2005 will be close to $500 billion. Our
payment of federal taxes enables the government to carry on a
continuing program of illegal military activities," wrote Glen Milner,
a member of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, Wash.,
in a recent opinion piece in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

"International laws and agreements support and encourage citizens to
resist their government when it is engaged in illegal acts," Milner
added.

Under international laws, those who facilitate illegal wars and war
crimes could actually be morally-if not legally-accountable, say
proponents of resisting war taxes. Principle IV of the Nuremberg
Principles states: "The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of
his government or of a superior does not relieve him from
responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in
fact possible to him."

For example, a 1996 ruling by the International Court of Justice
regarding the threat or use of nuclear weapons could be interpreted to
mean that the United States' deployment of depleted uranium weapons is
illegal. The humanitarian measure prohibits the use of weapons or
methods of warfare that are directed against civilians or cannot
discriminate between military targets and civilians; cause unnecessary
suffering to combatants; violate the territory of neutral states; cause
long-term and widespread damage to the environment or use poisonous
substances.

Most war tax resisters redirect their withheld federal tax funds to
outfits such as the Conscience and Military Tax Campaign Escrow Account
in Seattle. This way, the money is still on hand, if they should ever
be forced to fork it over. Though getting a notice from the Internal
Revenue Service is likely, jail is uncommon for war tax resisters.
Still, there are no guarantees.

IRS public affairs officer Ken Vargas of the Austin, Texas, office of
the IRS explains the collections office sends out "soft notices" first,
followed by "harder notices" later. Vargas says the IRS doesn't keep a
handy record of war tax resisters. He insists "normal collection
procedures" apply to all subjects, regardless of whether they write
letters stating their war tax resistance. In fact, the tax reform act
of 1998 makes it illegal for the IRS to designate tax protesters as a
special class.

Susan Quinlan, a Bay Area organizer for the National War Tax Resistance
Coordinating Committee, pegs the number of war tax resisters who have
seriously faced jail time at less than 20 over the past 50 years. It
doesn't necessarily have to be your income tax that you use for
protesting, either.

One of the first federal taxes to spark opposition was the federal
phone tax. This tax has been in existence since 1914. Originally
introduced as a "temporary" tax, after 76 years Congress made it
permanent and set its level at 3 percent of your phone bill. Protesters
simply include a note saying that they refuse to pay their federal
excise tax for conscientious purposes and pay the rest.

Resistance to the telephone tax has a long and distinguished history,
and most phone companies will put up no fight to customers who will not
pay it. Perhaps they're just as happy not to serve as unpaid tax
collectors for the feds.

In any event, tax resister groups estimate that tens of thousands of
Americans don't pay their income taxes in order to protest U.S.-backed
war efforts around the world. And, they say, that number is growing
every year.
 
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War Tax Resistance Grows
50¢ Of Every Tax Dollar Goes To Pay For Wars
Large Numbers of Americans Refusing To Pony Up
By John Tiffany
American Free Press.com
3-8-5

Increasing numbers of Americans say the U.S. government is involved in
immoral and illegal wars around the world and are refusing to support
this with their tax money. The invasion and occupation of Iraq and
Afghanistan and the indiscriminate killing of civilians, for example,
are outlawed by international law.
What crap! Anyone who believes this kind of nonsense ought to have their
head examined.
 

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