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AUSTIN TAXPAYERS FOR PEACE

 

"Let them march all they want, just so long as they pay their taxes."

--Secretary of State General Al Haig, 1982

     Did you know that the projected Pentagon budget for 2006 is a whopping $643 billion?  Or that 50% of your federal income taxes go for military spending?  (War Resisters League)  Meanwhile, human needs funding gets slashed.  This is taxation without representation, the reason for the Boston Tea Party over 231 years ago.  It’s time for an Austin Tea Party! 

    Austin Taxpayers for Peace is a campaign of low-risk, symbolic war tax resistance.  By joining, you make a powerful personal statement for nonviolence.  Helping de-fund war through collective direct action could send a powerful message to the public and decisionmakers that Austinites want their taxes to affirm life, not death. 

    By joining Austin Taxpayers for Peace, you make a powerful personal statement for nonviolence.  Helping de-fund war through collective direct action could send a powerful message to the public and decision makers that Austinites want their taxes to affirm life, not death. 

Here's how to R.E.S.I.S.T.:

      R efuse to pay a symbolic $10.40 of your 2004 federal income tax by deducting it from this year’s tax payment (If you've already filed, you can still send in the $10.40.

     E nclose a note of explanation with your tax return (but do NOT change the figures on the form or alter it in any way, including not stapling anything to the tax form).  You may like to use the new Peace Tax Return form.

     S end the $10.40 to ACOMT, which will pool the funds and redirect them to aid a local and a national or an international peace or humanitarian cause. (NOTE:  Please contact ACOMT before doing this, as we have not set up a way to accept the funds and are waiting to see how many people participate.)

     I nform your elected officials about your decision to resist the war machine by sending them a  copy of the above letter.  To find your representative, go here for Texas or here for the rest of the U.S.

     S upport the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill (formerly H.R. 2037) by writing Congress a letter.

     T ell your friends, family and colleagues about Austin Taxpayers for Peace.

FULL-DISCLOSURE DISCLAIMER:  A C O M T offers all the information on this site on an as-is, at-your-own risk basis for educational purposes and assumes no liability for its use.  War tax resistance is a form of civil disobedience and as such is not legal.  However, the risks of this particular action are very low.  Some who have tried this around the US have received threatening letters from the IRS.  Those who appealed a “frivolous filing” fine had it dismissed.  See the list of Questions and Answers, including information about the risks from similar campaigns, including what to do if you do not owe any taxes.   Still need more info?  Call A C O M T at (512) 467-2946 or email peacetax_tx[at]yahoo.com

Join Austin Taxpayers for Peace.

 

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