Andrew Newman, associate professor of English at Stony Brook University, refuses to pay his Federal Income Tax. “My tax money will be going towards putting up a wall on the Mexican border instead of helping sick people. It will contribute to the destruction of the environment and maybe more nuclear weapons. I think there will be a redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy elite and Trump’s campaign for the working man and woman was an absolute fraud. If you pay taxes you are implicated in the system.” He will write the Trump administration to accuse them of misusing public funds. As a penalty for unpaid taxes, the IRS would most likely fine and charge interest on those taxes.
A committee was created in 1982 called the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee that encourages federal tax boycotts in the name of peace and informs citizens on the proper way to withhold federal income tax. The current coordinator, Ruth Benn states, “I’ve never been taken to court.” Benn noted an increase in tax resistance recently due to the Trump Era.
According to The Guardian:
In an email to the Guardian, Gloria Steinem said: “In 1968, we refused to pay the 10% of our Federal income tax dollars that funded the war in Vietnam, and included a letter to the IRS saying so. In February before tax time on March 15, 500 or so of us listed our names in ads that we published in the New York Times, together with a quote [from] Thoreau on Civil Disobedience, and an invitation to join us.”
She added: “I’m going to do this again by sending what I think should go to Planned Parenthood, deducting it from my Federal IRS return, and including a letter saying so. Though it’s a smaller sum than Vietnam, we won’t just be keeping it or using some to pay for expensive NYT ads, and can add whatever each of us is able to in order to support Planned Parenthood.”