Death and Taxes: A Film about War Tax Resisters and Their Motivations

“The greatest changes in history have only come when people are willing to put everything on the line.”                                            —Julia Butterfly Hill


Twenty-eight people offer their motivations for and methods of resisting the war machine with their tax money. This tightly-paced 28-minute film introduces viewers to war tax refusal and redirecting tax dollars to peace, with music by Sharon Jones and the Dap-KingsAntibalasRude Mechanical Orchestra, and First Strike Theatre’s version of “Don’t Pay Taxes” by Charlie King. Released in 2010 — timely until war ends!

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Death and Taxes DVD
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Teachers:  See our teaching kit “Thoreau & His Heirs

Tips for Screenings:  Excellent for workshops and presentations with time for discussion.

Produced by: National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, Brooklyn, New York
Editing: Carlos Steward, Asheville, North Carolina

Review from Library Journal, September 1, 2011:

In this un-narrated film, 28 American tax resistors relate via on-screen interviews
their reasons and methods for withholding taxes from the U.S. government. Most
say it is a matter of conscience barring them from financially supporting war or other actions they find morally unacceptable. They explain that tax resistance can range from including a protest letter with full payment to withholding payment completely. Some of the resistors say they have taken on lifestyles that keep them below the legal threshold for taxable income. Others explain their drawn-out dealings with the IRS. A placard at one point explains that of the tens of thousands of tax resistors since World War II, fewer than 30 have been jailed. The combination of the speakers’ good humor and their apparent sincerity makes this film recommended for anyone interested in learning about using tax resistance as a method of protesting wars and war funding.

—Lawrence Maxted, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA