“I choose to redirect my tax dollars to support access to safe affordable housing, transportation, food, and education rather than the military-industrial-complex.”
Dr. Hakim writes from Afghanistan about the “warocracy” not democracy that has taken over his country. “U.S. taxpayer money should be used to address the basic human needs of more than 40 million Americans living below the poverty line in the wealthiest country in the world, and not to finance” fraud and military intervention in Afghanistan, he says on the blog of the Afghan Peace Volunteers. In another piece his vision extends beyond Afghanistan to connect the dots of inequality, global warming, and wars.
If you are new to this website, you are joining hundreds of people each day who are looking for a way to strengthen their protest of “warocracy” by cutting off their own funding of the U.S. war machine. If that’s what brought you here, you are joining a network that includes people who began their war tax refusal for similar reasons — in every decade since the 1940s. Many have stuck with it because, even when a war ends, funding the Pentagon continues to buy the weapons for the next war.
Refusing to pay federal taxes for war has two steps:
Resistance: deliberately refusing to voluntarily give our money to the war machine. There are many ways to resist, for example: some people file and openly refuse to pay income or other taxes — from symbolic amounts to thousands of dollars — as an act of protest and civil disobedience; some refuse to file or make a livelihood outside the system or live off-the-grid; others choose to keep their earnings low so that no income taxes are owed.
Redirection: giving refused tax money to projects that support the common good in the United States and abroad.