War Tax Resisters Penalty Fund (WTRPF)
"I do not object to taxation of income, and I would not object to paying my fair share of taxes for positive, life-enhancing government programs, but I will not pay someone to kill in my name or to make weapons whose sole purpose is to threaten life. ... We must practice being moral in order to become moral." - LB
"But even though [my tax refusal is] merely symbolic, it's something, some very little thing, in an effort to stand with those ... in Iraq, and those in the United States, who have gone without health care, decent schools, roads, lived in poverty so that we might spread the American empire across the globe." MP
"I cannot in conscience pay for war and killing, weapons and bombs, destruction of families and communities--these our federal taxes perpetuate. I have tried by the work I choose and the life style I have chosen, to, in a small way, create another reality in which violence and threat of violence are unimaginable and unuseful." JS
War-tax resisters protest in New York City in April, 2013. Photo via Flickr user The All-Nite Images
Statement of Purpose
The WTR Penalty Fund provides a process of mutual support through which war tax resisters and their supporters can distribute financial assistance to war tax resisters whose taxes are collected and for whom the collection of penalties and interest is a burden. In providing this mutual support, the Penalty Fund hopes to sustain and expand war tax resistance as a form of conscientious objection to war.
History of the Fund
The War Tax Resisters Penalty Fund began almost 30 years ago Read More
How the Penalty Fund works
To join the list: send your contact information to Peter Smith at email@example.com or fill in the registration form.
To request assistance: send documents to WTRPF, 1036 N. Niles Ave, South Bend, IN 46617 (see How the Penalty Fund Works link above for details).
Please do not send donations to this address as we cannot deposit checks made out to WTRPF.
To contribute to an appeal for funds: write a check to our fiscal sponsor CMTC and send it to:
Conscience and Military Tax Campaign
PO Box 2096
Mars Hill, NC 28754
Note that donations to CMTC for WTRPF are not tax deductible.
To pay by credit card, click the following button
Who administers the fund?
A steering committee made up of people from NWTRCC operate the fund. We welcome others who
would like to serve on the steering committee. Contact us if you would like to
Peter Smith (Indiana), Bill Ramsey (North Carolina), Jerry Chernow (Wisconsin), Barbara (Shulamith Eagle) Clearbridge (Vermont), and Shirley Whiteside (Colorado)
Spring 2014 appeal letter (PDF)
Why we do it
January, 2014, letter to NWTRCC members reactivating the Penalty Fund
Link to the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee website