Index to Letters by Name

Mary Ann C. Holtz

March 19, 2008 To the people working in the IRS, to President Bush, to Senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez, and to Congressman C.W. Bill Young: This is my annual letter of conscience and plea to my government to begin to respect the consciences and religious freedom of those of us who are opposed to war. It is also my plea for us all to respect the basic human needs of our impoverished and war-devastated sisters and brothers around the world. I am writing during the Christian penitential season of Lent, as our country enters the sixth year of waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan, supposedly for our security. Yet our true security is threatened by many of the actions […]

Joan Anderson (2007)

Easter Season 2007 TO WHOM IT SHOULD CONCERN: Once again I am paying my Federal Income Tax under protest, grieving that the major portion pays for war and military endeavors. I contend that supporting violent solutions to world problems does not lead to peace and is contrary to my understanding of God’s will for our world. In paying for war, the American people are indeed sacrificing — sacrificing money that could be used for things that lead to real peace and security, such as health and education, adequate housing for all, aid programs to alleviate profound poverty, and support of human rights for everyone in the global community. Instead we generate refugees, from the mountains of Colombia to the sands […]

Elizabeth Lamb

FRANCES ELIZABETH LAMB 3460 NW MONTGOMERY DRIVE REDMOND OR 97756 April 17, 2007 Internal Revenue Service P.O. Box 7704 San Francisco CA 94120-7704 To Whom It May Concern: Attached please find my federal tax return for 2006. You will note that there is no check enclosed. I can no longer in conscience voluntarily pay federal income tax, knowing that half of every nickel paid goes toward supporting war. My completed form 1040 for 2006 is enclosed. As an alternative to paying federal income tax, I am contributing the amount indicated as tax due ($265.00) to the Oregon Food Bank. By helping people meet basic food needs, the Food Bank helps address a significant domestic need that is inadequately addressed in […]

Michael Zargarov

United States Treasury Department. To Whom It May Concern: Regarding my Estimated Taxes for 2007 It is only with a huge reservation that I send this payment to the government as my first quarterly payment of the “Estimated Tax” for 2007, which money is to pay for Social Security and Medicare, as a “Self-Employment” Tax. (From the IRS website: “Self-employment tax is a social security and Medicare tax primarily for individuals who work for themselves. It is similar to the social security and Medicare taxes withheld from the pay of most wage earners.”) You will note that I am not sending the full amount. As a matter of conscience I will not voluntarily pay my hard earned money to a government whose daily order of business is waging war. By […]

Kathleen Gilbert

To Whom It May Concern: Regarding my Taxes for 2007 It is only with a huge reservation that I send this payment to the government. You will note that I am not sending the full amount. As a matter of conscience I will not voluntarily pay money to a government whose daily order of business is waging war. By paying such I would be funding those activities, thereby participating in the war. I have, therefore, deducted a Token Amount to protest the use of my tax money in funding an illegal and immoral war.* 51% is the proportion of the federal budget that goes to pay for present wars and war preparations, and for interest on the national debt accrued […]

Tamika Beyer

Dear friends, As we approach the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, I’m preparing to attend the rally being planned in New York City to protest this brutal war and current occupation. At the same time, tax day approaches and I’m preparing to protest the incredible amount of money being spent to fund war and occupation (close to $7 billion a month for military expenditures in Iraq and Afghanistan). (1) As a U.S. citizen, I’m outraged by the acts of aggression, war, and torture that are being carried out in my name-from the war in Iraq, to the atrocities documented at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, to the continued bombings and killings of civilians in Afghanistan. I’m also deeply concerned […]

John E. Phillips (Sept 2006)

Friday, September 22, 2006 An Open Letter to the IRS-#2: To Whom It May Concern: This letter is in response to the Request for Payment in the amount of $4,577.86, including penalties and late fees calculated by the IRS, due September 25, 2006. I explained in the enclosed letter, dated April 14, 2006, my reasons for not paying the amount of taxes calculated, from the IRS’ tax table. Those reasons still stand. In addition, another reason has presented itself for not paying the taxes: I become an accessory after the fact, and before the fact, for that matter, to War Crimes. I believe, and am not alone in this belief, that the United States of America and its current governing […]

Manuel Shah

Manuel J. Shah XXXXXXXXXXXXXX Los Angeles, CA XXXXX 17 April 2006 Dear Internal Revenue Service of the United States Government: I vehemently oppose the ongoing US led military occupation of Iraq and continued operations in Afghanistan. Approximately 30% of our income tax dollars are spent on today’s military. This expenditure of federal tax dollars drains resources from education programs, infrastructure and other basic needs. My conscience will not allow me to silently fund our government’s acts of violence. For such reasons, I have withheld payment of $214.03 (10.40% of the $2,058 your Form 1040 calculations believe I “owe”) for my 2005 federal taxes. This 10.40% is a symbolic gesture of my opposition towards my tax dollars being used to pay […]

Judy Conrad

April 17, 2006 Dear Folks at IRS, My total income for 2005=$9,337.50. Taking an earned income tax credit my calculations indicate a refund of $72.00. I ask that this $72.00 be used to pay war reparations to the people of Afghanistan and Iraq; victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Native peoples of this country, black slaves in theUSA; the people of Viet Nam, Nicaragua. The list is endless. My deeply held beliefs in nonviolence will not allow me to support the criminal illegal invasion of Iraq based on lies; the criminal, illegal use of torture since that invasion. I cannot support an illegally “elected” president and immoral Congress who violate the US Constitution, Bill of Rights — Amendments I, IV, V – with Homeland Security and Patriot […]

Jordan Taylor and Mariana Garrettson

Jordan Taylor and Mariana Garrettson RR 1 Box 55c Union Dale, PA 18470 April 16, 2006 To Whom It May Concern: As with many members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) we (Jordan Taylor and Mariana Garrettson) have a conscientious objection to war. In the same way that our conscience, as informed by our religious beliefs, will not let us take up arms, neither will our conscience allow us to willingly turn over money that will be used to pay for war. While we have frequent disagreement with federal policies in many areas, war’s highly destructive nature, combined with “defense” spending dominance of federal budgetary priorities, has provoked our conscience in this area to the point of civil disobedience. […]

Daniel Woodham

April 14, 2006 From: Daniel Woodham To: IRS Re: Conscientious objection to payment of tax due Dear Employees at the IRS, Have you sensed something wrong with the USA these days? Lots of political corruption, wars raging and in the making, lots of wealthy people but many more poor and homeless people. You know what I mean? I believe that the duty of the citizen in a democracy is to keep its government in line, away from doing things the people don’t want it to do. Our government no longer listens to the people (like that we should get out of Iraq) and is quickly taking away our constitutional rights to free speech and freedom from government intrusion into private […]

John E. Phillips

Friday, April 14, 2006 An Open Letter to the IRS: The purpose of this letter is to present my decision to withhold further payment of Federal Income Taxes to the IRS and the U.S. Government. I am withholding paying the balance of the 2005 taxes that Form 1040A indicates I owe for the following reasons. Please read and consider what I have to say regarding the corruption of the Constitution of the United States of America by the current administration, starting with the President of the United States, George Walker Bush, and his selected and appointed cabinet and advisors and including the Congress of the United States of America and the Supreme Court. Until the lies and deceptions of this […]