Index to Letters by Name

Paul and Fran Sheldon 2017

April 15, 2017 To the Internal Revenue Service: We support our country in all its peaceful endeavors, but for reasons of conscience and religious faith we do not support our country in its preparation for war and in war making.   We are deeply troubled by the fact that about half of the federal income tax that we owe the government is budgeted for military-related expenditures, to buy the tools and manpower to kill our fellow men and women. As Quakers and pacifists and parents, we have considered our personal responsibility to God and country and world family and conclude that we must redirect a portion of our federal tax bill to peaceful purposes. We have sent $50 to UNICEF for […]

Larry Bassett 2017

April 18, 2017 Internal Revenue Service Washington DC Copies to US Senator Mark Warner US Senator Tim Kaine US Representative Robert Goodlatte I have happily just passed the ten-month mark of my first year of massive resistance. I mark this new beginning of my life on June 11, 2016 with the death of my father and with my commitment to redirect as much of my inheritance to make a better world. Dad left me $1 million with instructions to distribute about half of it to grandchildren and great grandchildren and special others. I did that and set to work on my half. My commitment to civil disobedience in honor of my mother who became a criminal for peace in her later […]

David and Jan Hartsough (2017)

Dear Friends at the IRS, We cannot in conscience pay for the killing of other human beings or pay for war and preparations for war. Human life is too precious to drop bombs on people because we do not like their governments. Developing a new generation of nuclear weapons which could put an end to life on our beautiful planet is insane. Giving the Pentagon hundreds of billions of dollars does not increase the security of our people when we are cutting funds for schools, libraries, job training, and now even the EPA and diplomacy work at the State Dept. The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, and increased use of drones, have NOT increased our security, but […]

Ruth Anne Friesen

Greetings to Whom It May Concern: It is April once again and time to pay Federal Income Tax. Please find my 1040 Individual Income Tax Return enclosed, along with other attachments. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I want to pay my tax money due to a Christian peace organization rather than to the Federal Government where so much of it is used for war. Contributing to peacemaking rather than to violence, terrorism, and war is what I want to choose at all times. I cannot deny my deepest convictions to practice peace and renounce all forms of violence. As a Christian I believe that it is morally, ethically, and spiritually wrong to kill! I believe that use of violence, […]

Kevin Martonick (2016)

Dear IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, Our country is full of innovative, creative, talented people who have great potential for solving any problem that comes our way including providing quality education and health care for all. It is incomprehensible that the U.S., apparently is the richest country in the world, does not provide for its citizens what other countries, with far less wealth manage to do provide for all of their citizens. Additionally, the creativity in the U.S. is so great that we have the potential to solve foreign policy issues without resorting to violence. However, due to the U.S.’s severely violent foreign policies and profound lack of respect for human life both inside and outside the country including, but not […]

Daniel Sicken

Letter to the Editor of The Reformer: April 3, 2016 War is dangerously stupid. In this era of climate change, it is an overwhelming threat to the survival of humanity. War is incompatible with any long-term solutions to the effects of climate change. Humanity either wins by people and nations helping one another globally or loses by people violently turning toward nationalism and fighting over scarce resources. Civilian war fatalities always far outnumber combatant fatalities: witness especially Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Tokyo, Dresden, Iraq, Syria. In light of the indiscriminate destructive power of today’s nuclear and conventional weapons and the danger of accidental or intentional unleashing of nuclear weapons, the “Just War Theory” used by many churches to validate warmaking – has […]

Amanda Seta

March 8, 2016 Dear People at the IRS, Thank you for your certified letter dated March 7, 2016. In that letter you state that I owe $5,855.30 for the tax year ending December 31, 2014. I am writing to inform you that I will not be sending any money to the IRS. I cannot in good conscience send any more money to a government who uses 45% of its budget for military purposes, especially when so many people in this country have basic needs that go unmet every day. I have decided that rather than pay money to the IRS to pay for war, I will give the money to where I believe it is most needed closer to home, […]

Thomas Haws

19 Oct 2015 Dear IRS Employee, As a conscientious objector to war, I will not pay my 2014 1040X income tax. I believe war killing is wrong and therefore I cannot pay for it. There are other ways for nations to resolve their conflicts with one another besides through war killing. The U.S. government spends nearly half its budget on war & preparations for war. This type of spending does not reflect my humanitarian values and therefore I will not support it. I am paying my self-employment tax and health care individual responsibility. I previously sent you a payment with my original return on March 26, 2015. I previously sent the full amount of my income tax and my original […]

Matthew Hoh

I Will No Longer Pay Taxes for War! “If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible.” — Henry David Thoreau This will be the first year I willfully and intentionally do not pay my full share of income tax. I certainly have no illusions that I am Henry David Thoreau — frequent readers of mine will attest to that — nor do I believe that withholding a portion of my federal income taxes […]

Stephen Leeds

April 15, 2015 To: Senator Barbara Boxer Senator Diane Feinstein Rep. Nancy Pelosi Internal Revenue Service Center, San Francisco (with Form 1040) Commissioners of the Internal Revenue Service President Barack Obama Clerk, San Francisco Friends Meeting, Religious Society of Friends People’s Life Fund This letter concerns my IRS Form 1040 for calendar year 2014. I’m sending a check to the Internal Revenue Service Center in San Francisco along with Form 1040 in the amount of $1,097.00. I am withholding $1,163,00 of my 2014 federal income tax obligation as it represents 40% of my total tax (Line 63) liability for 2014. In the 2013-2014 federal budget, 40% is earmarked to pay for war preparations, wars, present, future, and massive debt payments resulting from […]

Susan Lannen

April 15, 2015 Dear Friends at the IRS, I will not be paying the amount that my tax returns state that I “owe” for 2014, because over 50% of the money collected would go toward military spending. As a conscientious objector to all war I just cannot do it. I know it doesn’t make sense to many caring people, and I may be seen at best as foolishly idealistic, but I feel a strong resonance with these words that were spoken by the late Wally Nelson, “We don’t intend to cooperate with the IRS in its attempts to make us pay for killing. What would you do if I came into your office tomorrow with a cup in my hand, […]

Sam Koplinka-Loehr

Since I was born in 1991, the U.S. Government has been in a non-stop state of war, and has spent trillions of dollars on killing people overseas. As a young person growing up in the United States, I saw our schools faltering. I saw income inequality growing. I saw communities struggling. And yet, the government was spending more money on the military. The United States spends more money on the military every year than the next 15 countries combined. The 2016 budget proposal includes $782 billion for current military spending and an additional $518 billion for covering past military costs, such as war debt. In order to pay for these expenditures, 45 percent of all income tax is proposed to go […]