National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee

Bill Ramsey “The IRS has a huge collection process that lasts for years and at every stage of that collection process, the war tax resister has a choice about what to do. So that’s why I believe that it’s really a one step at a time kind of thing, and that imagining the worst possible consequences before you even begin the process is paralyzing. And it doesn’t let your conscience struggle with doubts one by one.”

Bill Ramsey, from Death & Taxes

Consequences of War Tax Resistance

Direct action for peace often entails risk. War tax resistance is no exception, and some of the most common risks include:

The consequences of war tax resistance can vary by which method you choose, individual circumstances, and the whims or inconsistencies of IRS procedures, resources, and abilities. A rule of thumb is that “what they can do and what they will do” can be two very different things. One of the beauties of war tax resistance is also that at any point you can adjust your method of resistance or “bail out” by paying up if circumstances change.

(See Resisters Taken to Court or Jailed and Property Seizures against Resisters since World War Ⅱ.)

Many resisters conclude that the positive consequences outweigh the negative:

More information on consequences and dealing with consequences can be found through: