two smiling women shake hands and exchange a check while a man holds a sign behind them that reads “If you work for peace, stop paying for war”

a war tax resister delivers a check at a redirection granting ceremony in Boston

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. 

Alternative Funds

a child holds an oversized check made out to Beloved House from the Conscience and Military Tax Campaign

the Conscience & Military Tax Campaign is one alternative fund that helps war tax resisters redirect their taxes

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
RochesterNY 14608
Phone: (585) 224‒0228
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New England War Tax Resistance
DorchesterMA 02124‒3604
Phone: (617) 282‒3783 (prefers phone contact)

New York City War Tax Resistance People’s Life Fund 
New YorkNY 10012

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 YorkNY 10003

Princeton Fund for Life
c/o Coalition for Peace Action
PrincetonNJ 08542

Friends United Meeting Peace Tax Fund
RichmondIN 47374
Phone: (765) 962‒7573

Madison Area WTR/Alternative Fund
PO Box 3010
MadisonWI 53704
Phone: (608) 257‒2554

Conscience & Military Tax Campaign (CMTC) Escrow Account
PO Box 2096
Mars Hill , NC 28754
Phone: (828) 319‒7652

Southern California War Tax Alternative Fund
Los AngelesCA 90039
Phone: (323) 660‒4992 or (323) 299‒0737

Northern California War Tax Resistance/People’s Life Fund
PO Box 2422
BerkeleyCA 94702‒0422
Phone: (510) 842‒6124

Penalty Funds

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:

War Tax Resisters Penalty Fund
1036 North Niles Ave.
South BendIN 46617
Phone: (574) 532‒3720

Penalty Sharing Community
Iowa Peace Network
4211 Grand Ave. NE
Des MoinesIA 50312
Phone: (515) 255‒7114