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Tax resistance

Tax Resisters in Spain Support WRI

 

Tax resisters in Spain have supported the Nonviolence Programme at War Resisters' International, by pooling the money from their tax contributions that would otherwise have been given to the Spanish military.

Schreibt am 1. Dezember einem Gefangenen für den Frieden

Postcards sent from WRI affiliate World Without WarPostcards sent from WRI affiliate World Without War

Jedes Jahr am 1. Dezember begehen die WRI und ihre Mitglieder den Tag der Gefangenen für den Frieden. An diesem Tag veröffentlichen wir die Namen und Geschichten jener, die für Friedensaktivitäten ins Gefängnis kamen. Viele sind KriegsdienstverweigererInnen, im Gefängnis dafür, dass sie sich weigerten, im Militär zu dienen. Andere unternahmen gewaltfreie Aktionen, um Kriegsvorbereitungen zu stören. Dieser Tag ist Eure Gelegenheit, Eurer Unterstützung für sie Ausdruck zu verleihen. Wir bitten Euch, am 1.12. oder einem der folgenden Tage etwas Zeit dafür zu reservieren, Solidaritätskarten zu schicken. Hier könnt Ihr die Namen und Adressen finden: http://www.wri-irg.org/de/node/4722

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War profiteering and conscientious objection

What is war profiteering?

'War profiteering' includes all those who profit financially from war and militarisation, or whose money makes war possible. That includes a complex network of companies, financial institutions, and individuals. The obvious thing that people think of when you talk about war profiteering is weapons manufacturers, but it goes much further than that.

We believe that so long as violence remains profitable, war will persist, because the short-term economic interests of the powerful will be put before longer-term peace and liberation. So that's why it's important – because without preventing war profiteering, we can never see an end to war.

Concience - Steuern für Frieden, nicht Krieg

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Concience - Steuern für Frieden, nicht Krieg – arbeitet für eine Welt, wo Steuern dazu genutzt werden, Frieden zu fördern, nicht für Krieg zu zahlen.

Report on the International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns held February, 2013 in Bogotá, Colombia

Javier Garate giving a Skype presentation to the conference from the WRI office in LondonJavier Garate giving a Skype presentation to the conference from the WRI office in LondonMany WRI friends and affiliates were involved in this conference, and here we reprint a report produced by American Quakers on the conference.

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War taxes paid under protest

PRESS RELEASE

On Thursday 17th January, War Resisters' International, a global network of pacifist organisations based in London, will pay taxes that have been withheld for five years, under protest to HM Revenue and Customs.

Since 2007, War Resisters' International has been withholding a proportion of PAYE as a form of protest against Britain's military policies - the high level of military spending, the cooperation with criminal programmes such as the "rendition" of suspects, spurious rationales for military intervention, and the development and manufacture weapons of mass destruction and drones for long-distance assassination.

Campaign of the Month: National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC)

“What would you do if someone came to your door with a cup in hand asking for a contribution to help buy guns to kill a group of people they didn't like?”
— Wally Nelson

Wally Nelson was a resister during World War II, one of many U.S. pacifists who not only refused to kill but didn’t want to pay for it either. In 1942, Ernest Bromley refused to buy a “defense tax stamp” for his car because the money went to the war, and the U.S. government took him to court. He spent 60 days in jail for refusing $7.09 for stamps and a $25 fine imposed by the court.

Kriegssteuerverweigerung: Steuerbehörde droht der WRI

Die Steuerbehörden drohen der War Resisters' In­ternational mit der Beschlagnahme von Eigentum, da die pazifistische Organisation einen Teil der Einkommenssteuer einbehält, basierend aus Gewissengründen, für Krieg zu zahlen (Kriegssteuerverweigerung).

Die War Resisters' Internatio­nal behält seit dem Steuerjahr 2002/03 einen Teil der Steuer ein - normalerweise ca. 7% der Einkommensteuer, in etwa der Militäranteil am Haushalt. In jährlichen Briefen an die Steuerbehörde schreibt die Organisation:

Inland Revenue threatens War Resisters' International with seizure of assets due to war tax resistance

The Inland Revenue is threatening War Resisters' International, an international network of pacifist and antimilitarist organisations with more than 80 affiliates in more than 40 countries, with the seizure of assets because the pacifist organisation is withholding a proportion of income tax due to its conscientious objection to paying for war.

War Resisters' International has been withholding tax - usually about 7% of income tax, roughly the proportion of the military budget - since the tax year 2002/03 [1]. In its regular letters to the Inland Revenue, the organisation states:

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