War tax resistance is a way of keeping at the front of my
mind the killing and suffering wrought by the government’s policies, and of voicing my profound disagreement with those
policies.

Juanita Nelson

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Refuse to Pay for War

If you've found this website, you must be somewhere between outraged and sick about all the U.S. tax money that goes to the military and to war.

While other groups campaign against high military spending and lobby Congress (and some of us are part of those groups too), the War Tax Boycott calls on each of us to take a stand with our money. Join others in a powerful act of nonviolent civil disobedience:

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• Refuse to pay all of your federal income taxes to keep the money from the military, or resist a symbolic amount like $10 or $100 or a percentage based on military spending, the costs of current wars (about 13%), or the costs of nuclear weapons (about 1%). The Getting Started page tells you more about the hows, whys, and consequences of this form of resistance.

• Choose to live at a low income or below taxable income to keep your money from buying weapons and war. See the simple living booklet for more information.

• Make your resistance public by checking the "Publicity: use my name" box on the registration form on this website.

• Redirect resisted tax dollars to humanitarian programs, your public library, a local food bank, or wherever you would rather have your tax dollars to go. See the "Redirection of Taxes" page for more information.

Thousands of individuals in the U.S. take this stand despite the risks. Uniting our voices and actions through the War Tax Boycott strengthens our demand that the U.S. government cut off the funds for war and redirect resources to the pressing needs of people. And if the government won't cut off the funds, we will.

The War Tax Boycott was initiated in September 2007 by the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) and was endorsed by Voices for Creative Nonviolence, War Resisters League, the Maine WTR Resource Center, and supported by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Veterans for Peace , and Think Outside the Bomb/New Mexico.

Withhold from War, Pay for Peace

Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Letter from Birmingham Jail"
April 16, 1963

The War Tax Boycott and Redirection builds toward Tax Day each year. If you would like to sign on as a resister or receive more information to prepare for tax season, please submit the online Registration Form or download the form here and mail it in.