Index to Letters by Name

David and Jan Hartsough (2015)

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 when we are cutting funds for schools, libraries, head start programs, job training and creation, and now even social security, does not increase the security of our people. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the use of drones have NOT increased our security, but have created more enemies of […]

Don Schrader

Written as a letter to the editor of the Daily Lobo Dear Editor, When would it be right for an enemy nation to murder your family? If never, how can it be right for the United States to murder the families of people in our enemy nations? Would I, as an openly gay man, fight to be accepted into the mafia? Would I, as an openly gay man, fight to be accepted into a violent street gang? Would I, as an openly gay man, fight to be accepted into a band of drug dealers or bank robbers? The U.S. military has murdered far more people than all the bank robbers, drug dealers, street gangs and mafia combined! I know of no […]

Larry Dansinger 2014

April 15, 2014 To the Internal Revenue Service: Again in 2013, I am refusing to pay both federal income and social security taxes I owe because the U.S government is using that money to continue its invasion and occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, where thousands of innocent Iraqis, Afghanis, Pakistanis, and U.S. military personnel are being killed and injured. This is also happening in many other countries because of the militarism of the US government. I am refusing to pay into the Social Security system because some of that money is being taken from Social Security and put into the General Fund, where it is used instead for military action and other violent purposes to which I am morally […]

Douglas Mackenzie

April 15, 2014 Department of the Treasury IRS Fresno, CA 93888-0002 IRS employee: I’ve enclosed a form 1040 etc. for 2013. I’ve included this letter to convey my objection to the uses to which collected taxes are put, most notably, the commission of the many crimes and atrocities by the United States government and its various agencies of death. I conscientiously refuse to participate in this evil. I refuse to pay and will continue to resist your collection efforts. I wish for you a quick escape from the clutches of the death machine. In resistance, Douglas Mackenzie

Margaret Katranides

Dear People: You state that I have unpaid taxes for 2013 in the amount of $253.12.  As I have explained many times before, I do not pay taxes to support war or preparation for war.  The amount you cite is the portion of my calculated taxes which I redirected to peaceful enterprises. I am a conscientious objector to all forms of war.  This is a spiritual directive which I am following, and I can not in good conscience send you any money which would be used for training, arming or sending military forces to participate in war.  Instead, I calculate my taxes by your rules, then subtract an amount proportional to the part of the U.S. budget which is used […]

David and Jan Hartsough (2014)

Dear Friends, Following is our letter to the IRS refusing to pay for killing other people, for wars and preparation for wars. Instead, we have made a check to the Department of Health and Human Services for 53% of our taxes owed and have contributed the remaining 47% to programs meeting human and environmental needs.. We hope and pray you will work hard to change our government’s priorities from war and war making to meeting the needs of the people. Our one trillion dollars a year for wars and preparations for wars is not achieving security for the American people, but creating ever more enemies. Sincerely, David and Jan Hartsough Hartsoughs 721 Shrader St., San Francisco, CA 94117 March 5, 2014 Dear […]

Heidi Tremaine

April 15, 2003 Internal Revenue Service Andover, MA 05501-0002 Dear Internal Revenue Service Person: Instead of sending my taxes this year I enclose this letter explaining why I cannot in good conscience pay the tax money that is demanded of me by the United States government, approximately 650$ for the year 2002 from my work as a graduate student teaching assistant. As a devoted Catholic and pacifist, a concerned citizen, botanist, environmentalist and teacher it would be hypocritical and unthinkable of me pay for the United States’ very own “weapons of mass destruction”. This is especially meaningful at present. Most recently, the United States has cowardly and unilaterally declared war on a country with a military budget 1/100th the size […]

Kevin Martonick (2013)

Tax Day 2013 To Whom It May Concern, Hello. This is my third year being a war tax resister. Each year I have written a letter to my representatives and the commissioner of the IRS as to what my intentions are, why I’m resisting and what I do with the money instead. I just wanted to send my letter along to NWTRCC as well, as I have done each previous year. So below is my letter I’m sending out this year along with the “Pie Chart” flyers from the War Resisters League. Dear Representative, Hello. As it is tax time again, I would like to invite you to join me and many others as we stand up for the right of people in other […]

Kevin Martonick

Tax Day 2012 To Whom It May Concern, Dear Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Tax season is upon us again and I am writing you my elected officials today to inform you of my concerns as an American citizen and to ask you to please remember your oath to support the Constitution and your duty of service to the American people. My first concern is the perpetual state of war America finds itself in from one president to the next. According to the United States of America’s Constitution Article 1, Section 8 it is the responsibility of Congress to declare war. However if Congress, as it is widely understood, hasn’t declared war since World War II, our presidents from that time […]

David and Jan Hartsough (2013)

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 ot life on our beautiful planet is insane. Giving the Pentagon hundreds of billions of dollars when we are cutting funds for schools, libraries, head start programs job training and creation, and now even social security, does not increase the security of our people. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the use of drones have NOT increased our security, but have created more enemies of the […]

Anonymous

Internal Revenue Service P.O. Box 37008 Hartford, CT 06176-0008 To Whom It May Concern at the IRS, As a matter of deep personal and religious conscience, I join tens of thousands of other U.S. Americans this tax season in resisting federal income tax spent on U.S. military and defense. My convictions call that I refuse, in some way, albeit small, to complicitly fund our excessive military spending and actions. Thus, for these reasons, articulated more fully below, I am withholding $4.70, symbolizing the more than 47% of federal tax budget dedicated to past and current military expenses in fiscal year 2013. My convictions are rooted in an ethnic and religious heritage of Anabaptist-Mennonites, who fled Alsace, Germany/France in the 1800’s because of […]

Paul Sheldon (2013)

For decades I have refused to pay a modest amount of my federal income taxes because about half of that money goes to paying the costs of war. The human costs are incomparably greater. The IRS may get the money eventually, but I live better knowing that I have not simply co-operated with a violent system that I believe is morally evil. The IRS calls the collection procedure a voluntary system (we are responsible to fill out the forms ourselves; no one holds a gun to our head when we put the check in the mail), and I chose not to volunteer. I include the following letter with my taxes. April 10, 2013 To the Internal Revenue Service: I support […]