Americans Refusing To Pay For War – The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee

The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) is a coalition of pacific groups in the United States that are refusing to pay taxes. They were founded in 1982 as a reaction to the election of Ronald Raegon. Tax resistance originally become popular during the Vietnam War protests.

They NWTRCC published an online guide detailing several methods on how to refuse to pay taxes. This includes filing out a 1040 form and only pay a certain percentage of your income, earning below the threshold of taxable income or just refusing to file tax returns. They also encourage sending in letters protesting overseas wars with in addition to your tax forms.

While the IRS has a fearsome reputation, putting your tax debt into collections is their typical course of action for low income earners. The list of war tax resisters that have been sent to jail is rather short, and many convictions are due to not so modest tax debts. The most recently convicted resister was Joseph Olejak for $240,000 in back taxes. If you own property, there is also a chance of confiscation.

With the election win of Donald Trump, there is an increasing amount of tax resisters protesting the new administration’s immigration policy.  In an article in TheGuardian, the NWTRCC claims that the traffic to their website has more than doubled since Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Even the Nobel “Peace” Prize winner Barack Obama left behind the biggest defence budget with the largest national debit in world history. Donald Trump has promised to increase the defense budget by even more.

One Reply to “Americans Refusing To Pay For War – The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee”

  1. Thanks for covering war tax resistance! Although war tax resistance was most widespread during the Vietnam War, the modern movement began after WW2 and has continued ever since! Today we’re getting a lot of interest from people particularly concerned about Trump, but of course militarism is not a new problem and the reasons to resist war taxes have been there all along. Please come visit our website to learn more about the many ways people can choose to resist.

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