Thousands Refuse to Pay Up on Tax Day Because it Funds War—Give Money to Charity Instead

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
By Paul Martin

A group of activists, who are openly refusing to pay their taxes to the IRS, are instead donating the money to humanitarian programs.

By John Vibes
April 17, 2018

As the United States military and its allies continue to escalate conflicts in Syria and throughout the Middle East, an anti-war group is carrying out nationwide protests on Tax Day to oppose war funding.

The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC), made a statement last week calling for an end to war and proposing a massive movement of tax resistance. The organization has coordinated Tax Day protests since 1983 and their message is more important now than it has ever been.

According to the group’s website:

“The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee supports individuals who refuse to pay for war, and promotes war tax resistance in the context of a broad range of nonviolent strategies for social change. Through the redirection of our tax dollars, war tax resisters contribute directly to the struggle for peace and justice for all.

NWTRCC is a coalition of local, regional, and national groups and individuals from across the United States. For everyone interested in or actively refusing to pay taxes for war, NWTRCC offers information, referral, support, resources, publicity, campaign sponsorship, and connection to an international network of conscientious objectors to war taxes.”

Some activists, who are openly refusing to pay their taxes to the IRS are instead donating the money to humanitarian programs.

People’s Life Fund member Susan Quinlan said, “There are so many excellent groups that are working to protect families, communities and the natural environment, and we are delighted to support these efforts. With U.S. military spending surpassing $1 trillion, we invite others to imagine what good could come from redirecting these military funds on a grand scale.”

“Tax resistance is a way to address all of the overwhelming issues facing the earth and its people at this time where literally everything of importance and of value to our communities is under attack,” said Noura Khouri, an activist who marched in Oakland, California.

Another resister, Bill Glassmire of Corvallis, Oregon, said, “I am resisting war taxes in order to redirect resources away from U.S. militarism and routine violence and toward building a peaceful and healthy earth.”

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