Time to pay your taxes (or not)?

I cannot in good conscience pay for killing members of my species.

Or as otherwise put ‘Beings exactly similar to myself’; for gods sake we are talking about others,  many of which depending on age, sex, etc.. would produce offspring!

 Looking at the https://www.warresisters.org/store/federal-budget-pie-chart/2016 for the Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Budget, approximately %45 of your tax dollars are spent to facilitate the killing of beings exactly similar to yourself.

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As it would make no sense to a vegetarian to go to the market to buy lettuce and be forced to buy a pork belly, I cannot accept paying for the killing other humans. This has been traditionally known as ‘taxation without representation’.

A ‘Peace Tax Fund’ has been proposed in congress since 1972, but this bill has never come to pass.

H.R.2483 – Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act of 2013 sponsored by Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5] allows pacifists (religious or not) to pay their taxes, IF the government will commit not to use those monies for war activities.

One alternative is to pay approximately half of your taxes to the federal government and put the other half in an escrow account, although some pay no taxes and others withhold a token amount or none and make a statement of resistance. And there are those whom do and do not deposit funds into an escrow account, inform the IRS or not, and the different escrow accounts have various policies.

There are a number of funds where you may put the monies you do not wish to provide to the federal government.

One is  the ‘Peace Tax Escrow Account’ which presents itself as a legitimate method of complying with the IRS for a couple of reasons and I quote:

First:  “Can the depositor ask for return of the funds when in financial need?

No, the funds are only returned if the IRS levies them from other assets. They are considered to be taxes paid on time and in good faith, even though this is not recognized by the government.”

Second:  “What happens if the government passes the Peace Tax Fund Bill or agrees to use the money for life-affirming. purposes?

The taxes then, with the approval of the depositor, can be released to the government.”

The Peace Tax Escrow Account is under the care of ‘Purchase Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends’ or a Quaker organization. I have found the administrators to be responsive and knowledgeable.

It should be pointed out that the IRS does not consider depositing money in the fund legitimate and it will most likely take the passage of the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act to force them to do so.

Another organization is the The National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund (NCPTF). It is a non profit 501(c)(4) that will hold your federal tax deposits (No longer – see comment below) in a designated non military trust fund while advocating for passage of the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act, H.R. 2483.  This campaign lobbies congress and donations are not tax deductible.

They also maintain  the Peace Tax Foundation (PTF)a non profit 501©(3) that researches moral alternative tax strategies, and being an educational  foundation; donations are tax deductible.

Another escrow account is maintained through the Conscience and Military Tax Campaign Escrow Account. They host an informative FAQ on their website.

War Tax Boycott has a simple explanation of the various options  to resisting war tax. It is sponsored by National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) which has a phenomenal amount of excellent information, including this list of organizations where you can redirect your federal taxes.

Full disclosure: I am in no way affiliated with any of the organizations mentioned in this piece, although I do sit with a Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends in my home town.

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One thought on “Time to pay your taxes (or not)?

  1. jpt2013 April 15, 2015 at 3:02 pm Edit
    The National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund no longer operates an Escrow Account where one can deposit withheld taxes. It encourages tax resisters to consider one of the Alternative funds listed on the website of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee.

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