You can be active with war tax resistance and the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) in many ways, both as an individual and as part of a group:
- Follow the menu items and links on this site to join our listserve, social media pages, subscribe to the e-list or newsletter, find out about upcoming events, etc.
- Contact a group near you to join with resisters in your community, or start a group locally. Contact NWTRCC for help.
- Ask a speaker from our Speakers Bureau to come to your community; have your group endorse NWTRCC as a way to support war tax resisters.
- Volunteer for committees or projects. Email us and we’ll help you get involved.
- Experienced war tax resisters are needed around the country as Area Contacts or War Tax Resistance Counselors
- Even if you don’t choose to resist, your contributions of any size give strength to the network of war tax resisters.
- Groups can do all of the above or become a NWTRCC Affiliate. Whether war tax resistance is on your agenda or not, your solidarity with NWTRCC and those who refuse to pay for war is is deeply appreciated. If you do not choose to affiliate, please consider becoming an Organizational Endorser.
War Tax Resistance Network
The NWTRCC Network includes group Affiliates or Alternative Funds, and individual Counselors and Area Contacts. If you or your group are interested in becoming a part of our Network, please read the information for each category below and let us know how you’d like to participate. Contact the NWTRCC office with questions or to join us.
War Tax Resistance (WTR) Counselors
Counselors are war tax resisters who volunteer to support existing and potential resisters by helping them to understand the motivations and methods of war tax protest, resistance, refusal, and redirection, and to understand the consequences of the choices they make. They will:
- Provide their names, addresses and telephone numbers for NWTRCC’s Network List.
- Respond to requests for general information on WTR.
- Nondirectively* counsel individuals to help them determine their goals in regards to WTR, to discover the options most appropriate to their situation, and to assess realistically the possible consequences of those options.
- Assist war tax resisters who are having problems dealing with the IRS by providing information on IRS policies and procedures.
- Refer war tax resisters to other counselors, lawyers, professionals, or the NWTRCC office as necessary when the situation needs more time or knowledge than they have for adequate resolution.
- Refer to our newsletter to stay informed and up-to-date about changes in IRS practice and applicable laws.
- Keep the NWTRCC office informed of changes in their address and availability, and of special cases which come to them.
* WTR counselors should be careful not to advise or try to convince counselees to follow one particular course of action, but rather should assist them to understand their options and to make responsible decisions.
All WTR counselors on the Network List will receive a subscription to NWTRCC’s bi-monthly newsletter.
We encourage new counselors to attend a counselors’ training session (usually offered at our twice-yearly meetings) or to receive an update in-person from a current counselor. Please contact the NWTRCC office about setting up a training. Counselors should be able to answer many basic questions about war tax resistance and know where to find answers or to refer individuals for more difficult situations.
Area Contacts are individuals or groups who volunteer to support NWTRCC and the war tax resistance movement in their area in the following ways:
- Provide your group’s name, address and telephone number for NWTRCC’s Network List
- Respond to requests for information by:
- Answering from your own experience and knowledge, or;
- Supplying basic WTR materials from a stock you keep on hand (you may charge costs for this service.)
- Evaluate the complexity of concerns and refer questions for counseling to WTR counselors, the NWTRCC office, or to lawyers, CPA’s or other professionals as appropriate.
- Keep track of WTR activities in your area and pass the info on to the NWTRCC office.
- To the extent that you are able, promote, advertise, and network WTR in your area. Possible activities include:
- Helping individuals connect with WTR groups, and helping groups to cooperate with each other on WTR,
- Advocating tax day demonstrations and other resistance activities,
- Providing op-eds and advertisements for local publications and developing relations with area journalists in order to spread the idea of WTR,
- Setting up and participating in trainings for WTR and WTR counseling,
- Convincing organizations to accept WTR as part of their concerns and activities.
Area contacts will automatically receive a subscription to NWTRCC’s bi-monthly newsletter. Area contacts are willing to take calls about war tax resistance and help hook people up with the resources they need.
Affiliates are groups that are generally more active in the WTR movement. All of the above applies to them, but in addition, affiliates receive the following:
- Reduced costs on some NWTRCC materials
- Technical assistance on WTR organizing, counseling, alternative funds, and local WTR campaigns
- Participation in the NWTRCC decision-making process as members of the Coordinating Committee
- Coordination of Tax Day activities with other groups and national publicity work
- Updates on late-breaking WTR developments.
Please note that affiliates are asked to make annual affiliation contributions to NWTRCC. Suggested amounts are $50–$100 per year for local groups, $125–$300 for regional groups and $500 for national groups.
Regional groups would be the group in a large city, for example, or for a region of a state or several states. If you or your group are interested in affiliation or becoming a counselor or contact, email the NWTRCC office or call us toll free at (800) 269-7464.
With members around the country and meetings usually by conference calls or online virtual meeting, these committees welcome volunteers. Contact the NWTRCC office to learn more or be put in touch with the convenor.
- Fundraising Committee: Creates a fundraising plan each year, plans mailed fund appeals, researches potential grants or progressive corporate donors, reviews organizational finances, helps with calls to lapsed donors, brainstorms new fundraising ideas, etc. Meets monthly.
- Outreach Committee: Local organizers from around the country share strategies for and experiences with outreach beyond the traditional peace networks to social justice groups; encourage collective redirection to organizations led by Black, Brown and Indigenous; strategize field organizing opportunities and support consultants working in this area.
- Literature Committee: Review and/or revise current NWTRCC publications (print and online); suggest creation of any new educational or outreach materials.