Many war tax resisters not only refuse to send their tax money to the U.S. government, they also redirect that money to programs in their own communities that are suffering from perverted government priorities, and to nongovernmental regional, national, and international groups seeking to create a better world.
War tax resisters also send their taxes to “alternative funds” that pool resisted money for greater impact.
War tax resistance alternative funds began to grow in the late 1960s as a way for resisters to pool the thousands of federal tax dollars resisted because of the Vietnam War.
While the funds provide some security from seizure by the IRS, and some will reimburse participating resisters if the government seizes money from them, most funds also offer interest-free loans and/or grants to community self-help, social change, peace, and human service programs. By putting money into an alternative fund, resisters emphasize that they are not simply keeping the money for themselves.
A few funds were established primarily to hold money in escrow pending the passage of the Peace Tax Fund Bill. Contact the funds directly to inquire about their guidelines and policies.
Farmington-Scipio Regional Friends Escrow Account
Contact: Lyle Jenks
Rochester, NY 14608
Phone: (585) 224‒0228
E-mail: Click here and put “Escrow Fund” in the subject line
Peace Tax Escrow Account
Purchase Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
c/o New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
15 Rutherford Place
New York, NY 10003
Friends United Meeting Peace Tax Fund
Richmond, IN 47374
Phone: (765) 962‒7573
These funds help reimburse war tax resisters if the government has seized refused taxes with interest and penalties. Contributors share in financial support for resisters:
Penalty Sharing Community
Iowa Peace Network
4211 Grand Ave. NE
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: (515) 255‒7114