Index to Letters by Name

Robert Riversong 1979

IRS, I’m writing this from a prison bus on my way to arraignment for demonstrating against the launching of the first Trident Nuclear Submarine, the world’s most powerful killing machine. Since I was prepared to refuse my body as cannon fodder for the Vietnam War (my lottery number was not called for the last year of the draft), I can no longer pay for others to do what my own conscience will not allow. So, from now on, I will refuse to pay federal income taxes, since more than 50% of the revenue goes toward funding past, present and future wars, none of which are waged to protect our own national territory. – Robert Riversong, 1979

Don Timmerman 2018

Dear IRS Friends, I have refused to pay for war for thirty five years, and I am not stopping now.  I am a Christian. My belief tells me that to follow Christ, I must refuse to cooperate with a government that believes it is alright to spend 50% of money received on war and weapons of war, as well as training our young to kill and maim the enemy of the state.   I think of how many people in the world could be helped so much with the trillions of dollars that cannot be accounted for by the U.S. military.  I believe that Fiscal Times wrote that as much as $21 trillion cannot be accounted for by the military.  Yet […]

Jan Passion 2018

16 April 2018  Dear good people at the IRS,  Enclosed is my 1040-V Payment Voucher for my 2017 taxes.  You will find a check in the amount of $1,268 due for self-employment tax (social security tax).  You will note that I have NOT paid my income tax due ($261). I would like to explain why.  I feel compelled to join the ranks of those who cannot, in good conscience, support our government’s preparation for violence and war as a means to peace and cooperation in our global community.  As Martin Luther King said so many years ago:  “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual […]

David and Jan Hartsough 2018

Dear Friends at the IRS, We are Quakers and 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 “war on terror” being fought  in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, and increased  use of […]

Larry Bassett 2018

US Internal Revenue Service 1101 Court St. Lynchburg VA 24504 Dear Lynchburg IRS staff, I am sorry I have not been in touch with your office much sooner than this in my search for a solution to my federal income tax problem. Quite honestly, I did not realize that there was an IRSoffice in Lynchburg. But let me tell you my problem now that I understand you are here and may have the ability to intervene in my situation. Does your office handle the taxpayer program Offer in Compromise? If so I would like to meet with the person who is responsible for making decisions under that program. Let me briefly explain my situation. I am a pacifist and because of those religious/moral […]

Tom Haws 2017

Thomas Gail Haws 859 North Lafayette Mesa AZ 85201 9 Apr 2017 Internal Revenue Service P.O. Box 7704 San Francisco, CA 94120-7704 Conscientious War Tax Resistance Dear IRS Employee, As a conscientious objector to war, I will not pay my 2016 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 ($7,689; line 57). I am sending that amount to you. […]

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 […]