War Tax Resistance

If You Work for Peace, Stop Paying for War

What would you do
if someone came to your door
with a cup in hand
asking for a contribution
to help buy guns
to kill a group of people
they didn't like?
  — Wally Nelson

The War Resisters League works with war tax resisters and works with NWTRCC, the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, and other war tax resistance groups.

WRL produces the annual "federal budget "Pie Chart" flyer, Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes, the comprehensive book War Tax Resistance: A Guide to Withholding Your Support from the Military and other resources.  All are available on our online store, along with NWTRCC's important DVD, Death & Taxes.

It is clear that the U.S. government's ability to threaten, coerce, and, if deemed necessary, make war on other nations is a direct result, not only of our economic might, but also the unprecedented size of our military arsenal, which is now far larger than that of all our allies and "enemies" combined. It is equally clear that the maintenance of this arsenal depends upon the willingness of the American people — through their federal tax payments — to finance it.

Refusal to pay taxes used to finance unjust wars, along with refusal by soldiers to fight in them, is a direct and potentially effective form of citizen noncooperation, and one that governments cannot ignore. War tax refusal has a long and honorable tradition among religious and secular opponents of war.

Refusal to pay all or a portion of one's federal taxes as a form of conscientious objection to war may involve personal risks. For that reason, material, and moral support for war tax refusers — including organizing support committees, raising support funds, and providing legal defense — is an important form of war resistance in itself.

-- An Appeal to Conscience, 1984

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