War Tax Resistance

FY2015 Pie Chart flyer - front

Please Note: This edition of the Pie Chart flyer was published in 2014.  The current issue is the FY2016 Pie Chart Flyer, now on sale and available for download.

This edition of the War Resisters League's famous "pie chart" flyer analyzes the Federal Fiscal Year 2015 Budget.  (FY 2015 is 1 October 2014 - 30 September 2015).  Perfect for Tax Day leafletting, as a focus for forums and panels and workshops and more!

Each year, War Resisters League analyzes federal funds outlays as presented in detailed tables in "Analytical Perspectives" of the Budget of the United States Government. Our analysis is based on federal funds, which do not include trust funds -- such as Social Security -- that are raised separately from income taxes for specific purposes. What you pay (or don't pay) by April 15, 2014 goes to the federal funds portion of the budget.

HOW WERE THE FY2015 PIE CHART FIGURES DETERMINED?

Current military” includes Dept. of Defense ($584 billion) and the military portion from other departments as noted in current military box above ($202 billion). Funding for the war on terror is listed as “Overseas Contingency Operations” and totals $47 in this breakdown. “Past military” represents veterans’ benefits plus 80% of the interest on the debt.*

These figures are from an analysis of detailed tables in the Analytical Perspectives book of the Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2015. The figures are Federal funds, which do not include Trust funds — such as Social Security — that are raised and spent separately from income taxes.

What you pay (or don’t pay) by April 15, 2014, goes to the Federal funds portion of the budget. The government practice of combining Trust and Federal funds began during the Vietnam War, thus making the human needs portion of the budget seem larger and the military portion smaller.
 
*Analysts differ on how much of the debt stems from the military; other groups estimate 50% to 60%. We use 80% because we believe if there had been no military spending most (if not all) of the national debt would have been eliminated.

TAKE ACTION: WHAT YOU CAN DO

Leaflet with this flyer year-round and on Tax Day, April 15, 2014, which is also the Global Day of Action on Military Spending. (demilitarize. org). Be part of the New Priorities Network.

Join WRL’s Facing Tear Gas campaign to end the use of tear gas and related chemical weapons and police militarization in the U.S. and globally. The campaign is organizing against paramilitary training “Urban Shield” sites across the country.

Call for your community to opt out!
Stop local law enforcement from accepting military giveaways and DHS grants for weapons of war.

Write letters to elected officials and local newspapers. Send them copies of this flyer. Demand that the Pentagon budget be slashed.

Protest with your money! Sign up at wartax boycott.org. Refuse to pay all or part of your federal income tax. Whatever you choose to refuse—$1, $10, or a percentage—send a letter to elected officials and tell them why. Though illegal, thousands of people openly participate in this form of protest. Contact us for information or referral to a counselor near you. Contribute resisted tax money to organizations that support the common good.

Watch Death & Taxes, a 30-min. film featuring war tax resisters from across the country. Online at nwtrcc.org/deathandtaxes.php.

For more about refusing to pay for war, contact the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, PO Box 150553, Brooklyn, NY 11215,  800.269.7464,  nwtrcc.org. Support the Peace Tax Fund bill: peacetaxfund.org

Read and use War Tax Resistance: A Guide to Withholding Your Support from the Military, 144-page handbook with history, methods and resources.

For Pie Charts from previous years, check out the Pie Chart Archives

You can also download the flyers and print them locally.  Download the pdf files here:

FY2015 (Released March 2014) Pie Chart Flyer

in English, in color (pdf)
in English, in black & white (pdf)

in Spanish, in color (pdf)
in Spanish, in black & white (pdf)

Discounts applied at check out:
1-199        $.10
200-499    $.07
500 +        $.06

$0.10
Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes FY2016 - Front

The current edition of the War Resisters League's famous "pie chart" flyer analyzes the Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Budget.  (FY 2016 is 1 October 2015 - 30 September 2016).  Perfect for Tax Day leafletting, as a focus for forums and panels and workshops and more!

Each year, War Resisters League analyzes federal funds outlays as presented in detailed tables in "Analytical Perspectives" of the Budget of the United States Government. Our analysis is based on federal funds, which do not include trust funds -- such as Social Security -- that are raised separately from income taxes for specific purposes. What you pay (or don't pay) by April 15, 2015 goes to the federal funds portion of the budget.

HOW WERE THE FY2016 PIE CHART FIGURES DETERMINED?

Current military” includes Dept. of Defense ($586 billion) and the military portion from other departments as noted in current military box above($196 billion). “Past military” represents veterans’ benefits plus 80% of the interest on the debt.*

These figures are from an analysis of detailed tables in the Analytical Perspectives book of the Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2016. The figures are Federal funds, which do not include Trust funds — such as Social Security — that are raised and spent separately from income taxes.

What you pay (or don’t pay) by April 15, 2015, goes to the Federal funds portion of the budget. The government practice of combining Trust and Federal funds began during the Vietnam War, thus making the human needs portion of the budget seem larger and the military portion smaller.

“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.”
— Albert Einstein

From bullets to bomb-ers to ballistic missiles, from the local police to international weapons sales, U.S. tax dollars are heavily invested in military “solu- tions.” At the same time, the Global Peace Index cites a 7-year trend of increasing violence worldwide; top Pentagon contractors are setting stock price records; and the most powerful na- tions at the United Nations are the biggest weapons dealers. Take an action be- low for a turn toward peace.

“Unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity, and world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe.”

— Moving the Doomsday clock to 3-minutes to midnight, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 1/19/15, thebulletin.org

TAKE ACTION: WHAT YOU CAN DO

Leaflet with this flyer year-round and on Tax Day, April 15, 2015, which is also the Global Day of Action on Military Spending.

Organize with WRL’s Demilitarize Health & Security: A Campaign to End Urban Areas Security Initiative and end police militarization. See warresisters.org/end-uasi. Sign on to the demands, including calling for your community to opt out and redistribute resources for community needs! Challenge militarism, curb police power and lift up community resilience!

Write elected officials and local newspapers. Send them copies of this flyer. Demand an investment in peace, not war.

Protest with your money! Sign up at wartax boycott.org. Refuse to pay all or part of your federal income tax. Whatever you choose to refuse—$1, $10, or a percentage—send a letter to elected officials and tell them why. Though illegal, thousands of people openly participate in this form of protest. Contact us for information or referral to a counselor near you. Contribute resisted tax money to organizations that support the common good.

Watch Death & Taxes, a 30-min. film featuring war tax resisters from across the country. Online at nwtrcc.org/deathandtaxes.php.

For more about refusing to pay for war, contact the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, PO Box 150553, Brooklyn, NY 11215,  800.269.7464,  nwtrcc.org. Support the Peace Tax Fund bill: peacetaxfund.org

Read and use War Tax Resistance: A Guide to Withholding Your Support from the Military, 144-page handbook with history, methods and resources.

For Pie Charts from previous years, check out the Pie Chart Archives

You can also download the flyers and print them locally.  Download the pdf files here:

FY2016 (Released Feb 2015) Pie Chart Flyer

in English, in color (pdf)
in English, in black & white (pdf)
in Spanish, in color (pdf)
in Spanish, in black & whte (pdf)

Discounts applied at check out:
1-199        $.10
200-499    $.07
500 +        $.06

$0.10
Some Writings on War Tax Resistance

Thoughts, poems and tales from resisters, including Juanita Nelson, Allen Ginsberg and Pete Seeger.

$2.00
War Tax Resistance

The most comprehensive book available on war tax resistance, covering everything from legal issues to the history of war tax resistance, to the hows and whys. Written by Ed Hedemann. Published by the War Resisters League in 2003. 144-pages.

NEW 2014 update.  Download the pdf file.

$10.00
Death & Taxes DVD Cover

A important film about War Tax Resisters and their motivations. Produced by the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, Death & Taxes asks:

Why and how do people refuse to pay for war?

Where does the money go?

What are the consequences?

How does war tax resistance fit into one’s life?

Twenty-eight people offer their motivations for and methods of resisting the war machine with their tax money.

“The greatest changes in history have only come when people are willing to put everything on the line.”
-- Julia Butterfly Hill

This tightly paced 30-minute film introduces viewers to war tax refusal and redirecting tax dollars to peace, with music by Sharon Jones and the DapKings, Antibalas, Rude Mechanical Orchestra, and First Strike Theatre’s version of “Don’t Pay Taxes” by Charlie King.

Excellent for workshops and presentations with time for discussion.

30 minutes
Editing: Carlos Steward, Asheville, NC

View the trailer online.

Produced by the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, a coalitiohn of groups from across the U.S. formed in 1982 to provide information and support to people involved in or considering some form of war tax resistance.

For more information, visit www.nwtrcc.org or call 800.269.7464.

$12.00