It is time to resist with your taxes

We didn't get the 100,000 pledges but many of you want to resist anyway. Here is how:
Step-by-step Tax Resistance Instructions (from www.nwtrcc.org)

1. Refusal Options
  • Refuse a percentage of your taxes equivalent to the percentage of the federal budget used for war/military purposes. This shows that you will not support that use. For example, you might reduce the tax you pay by: 7% — the proportion of 2008 income tax to be spent on the military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, or 31% — the proportion of 2008 income tax slated for current military expenses, or 51% — the part spent on total military expenses. (Click here for details on these figures)

Withholding Adjustments

  • If you have gotten a federal income tax refund in the past or anticipate one in 2008, you cannot resist unless you make adjustments to your withholding or estimated taxes.
  • Salaried employees can choose to increase the number of allowances on their W-4 form at any time in order to owe federal income taxes on April 15, 2008. Then you can choose how much you want to refuse. You do not need to explain to your employer your increase in W-4 allowances. Take the form home and fill it out. For more information on allowances, IRS regulations and consequences, see Practical #1 or call to order a copy. You can restore the number of W-4 allowances to your original number at any time.
  • If you are self-employed, and therefore don't use a W-4 form, you must adjust the amount of estimated taxes you pay quarterly in order to resist when you file.

How to File as a War Tax Resister*

Typical Process:

  • File your Form 1040 on or before April 15, 2008, accompanied with a letter that explains your refusal to pay part (or all) of your taxes. Fill out the form normally per the IRS filing instructions. To avoid being considered a “frivolous filer” (an IRS category) and being subject to frivolous filing penalties, do not make extraneous claims or write your thoughts on the form.
  • War tax resistance is an act of conscience, of civil disobedience. This campaign is about refusal to pay for war, not promoting tax evasion or challenging the constitutionality of taxation or war taxes.
  • Carefully arrange your thoughts and include in your letter topics such as conscience, economic and moral consequences of war, nonviolence beliefs, misappropriation of public funds for harmful means, or where your redirected taxes are going.
  • Include your letter with your 1040 filing. Do not staple it to the form. (Click here for an example)
    You may choose to forward a copy of the letter to local media, elected officials, peace groups, etc.
    Do not expect any response from the IRS to the letter.
  • This guide is written for people who file and usually owe and pay some federal income taxes.
  • Please see the NWTRCC publications page for information about living below the taxable income and nonfiling/noncooperation with the IRS.

Redirecting Taxes

  • War tax resistance is an act of conscience or noncooperation. While some may choose to set aside resisted taxes in case of an IRS collection, many resisters redirect some or all of refused taxes to a nonmilitary purpose. If possible redirect to a project of your own choosing that promotes peace, or to the needs that are neglected because of the funding of war.


Consequences of Your War Tax Resistance

  • IRS RESPONSE: Most likely, the IRS will send you a series of computer-generated notices that list the balance due, possible penalties, and with interest charges.

  • Potential negative consequences (if you continue to refuse to pay, after getting IRS notices):

    The IRS has the power to collect from bank accounts and wages after sending a notice that says they “intend to levy.”

    The IRS may not follow up at all if collection is difficult or the amount of money is not worth the effort. War tax resisters should be prepared, however, for the IRS to eventually take action.

    Fear of the IRS and the uncertainty of consequences are common — but lessened with support from other resisters.

  • Potential positive consequences:

    If enough people refuse, an antiwar message will be heard by the government.

    You may be satisfied in having acted in a time-honored manner, refusing cooperation with the military machine and helping direct funds towards positive purposes.

    You may be satisfied in having brought your life into consonance with your moral values.

    You may feel a sense of empowerment by taking concrete action against the harmful actions of the government.