Index to Letters by Name

Larry Rosenwald

On Being a Very Public War Tax Resister Remarks at the Voluntown Gathering (11/12/99) Larry Rosenwald It’s conventional to begin a talk like this by saying you’re honored to have been asked to give it. Well, I am honored to have been asked to give this talk, genuinely and not just conventionally. I’ve sometimes felt uneasy about my relation to the tax resistance community, in ways that I’ll discuss towards the end of my talk; and it touches me very deeply to have been asked to address it. I hope that what I have to say will prove useful, and that my comments on my own situation will turn out have a representative meaning as well as an autobiographical one. To […]

D. Pierre Gingerich

D. Pierre Gingerich Ithaca, NY 16 August 1999 Charles O. Rossotti, Commissioner Internal Revenue Service Washington, D.C. 20224 Internal Revenue Service Center Andover, MA 05501-0002 Dear Mr. Rossotti: I refuse to pay military taxes. I am writing to you to explain why I have withheld payment of $136.06, or 44.6% of the $305 calculated for my 1998 federal taxes ($347 “total tax” minus $42 EIC) . This 44.6% corresponds to the proportion of the federal budget that goes to pay for present wars and war preparations, and for interest on the national debt accrued in order to pay for past wars. This figure does not include veterans benefits, which I willingly pay. Before us lie the age-old choices of life […]

S. Brian Willson

“With all due respect…I must refuse your request.” Dear Official of the Internal Revenue Service and/or Judge of the U.S, District Court, or other Judicial or Quasi-Judicial Officers: I am aware of your request for my cooperation in producing monetary amounts or documents to aid in the collection of those amounts, to satisfy a debt that you claim I owe the U.S. government. I disagree vehemently with the basis for your claim of my indebtedness as I have explained in previous writings and discussions with representatives of the IRS. Therefore I cannot honor your request(s). This refusal on my part is not personally directed to you or any other person(s), nor is it due to any reluctance to support the […]

S. Brian Willson (1985)

Letter to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service, the Secretary of the Treasury, the President and the People of the United States of America Accompanying My 1984 Tax Return August 15, 1985 RE: Federal Income Tax This letter is dedicated to a man named “Hue.” He is a Vietnamese man who remains a vivid image in my mind and soul. As a former Air Force security officer in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam in 1969, I was an observer of bombing missions of villages after which I was supposed to assess damages. Hue was one elderly Vietnamese man who survived, fortunately or unfortunately, depending on one’s point of view, one of those barbaric bombing attacks. Our eyes caught each other […]