The current edition of the War Resisters League's famous "pie chart" flyer, Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes, 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 bombers 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.
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.
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 & white (pdf)
For Pie Charts from previous years, check out the Pie Chart Archives
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