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Tax resistance

European Court refuses to consider peace tax case

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has refused to consider an application by peace campaigners seeking to pay taxes without paying for war.

The Court has told lawyers acting for the group, the Peace Tax Seven, that their application "did not disclose any appearance of a violation of the rights and freedoms set out in the [European] Convention."

The group's case was first heard in the British High Court in 2005, and was
referred to Strasbourg on appeal.

Objection à l'impôt militaire

Action nonviolente pour ne pas financer la guerre

Depuis les attaques du 11 septembre 2001, et le début de la guerre au terrorisme, l'Internationale de résistantEs à la guerre a commencé à mettre en pratique l'objection fiscale, en retenant une proportion de l'impôt sur le revenu de ses employés. La logique est simple: un certain pourcentage du budget de chaque État est alloué à l'armée (à la guerre ou à sa préparation).

Campaign of the Month: War Tax Resistance in Colombia

In Colombia we do not know exactly the payment of which tax directly contributes to the war. All national taxes come together in a common fund and then the government redistributes it, sending more than 50% of the national budget to debt issues: Internal and external and militarisation.

Withholding of tax used to fund war – your reference 846 P 00185689 0813

War Resisters' International has been asked to explain to Inland Revenue why it has not paid a portion of its employees' income tax deductions. Office coordinator Andreas Speck has sent the following letter in response.

Campaign of the Month: AA-MOC State of Spain War Tax Resistance Campaign

What is war tax resistance?

It is the decision to resist the State in war spending and the maintenance of the military structure, the army and other armed groups by actively disobeying to pay income taxes.

Britain: Defeat for "Peace Tax Seven"

The Guardian reported on 25 July on the judicial review of the "Peace Tax Seven" to guarantee the right to conscientious objection against military taxation:

'A group of conscientious objectors today lost a high court bid to stop their taxes being put toward military spending.

The "peace tax seven", backed by more than 50 supporters, asked Mr Justice Collins, sitting in London, for permission to seek a judicial review of a continuing government refusa

War Resisters' International and War Tax Resistance

In September 2001, shortly after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the WRI Council issued its "Say No!" statement, urging "all those who pay tax: demand that your taxes are used for peace, withhold the proportion of tax used for war, Say No!" Back from the meeting the then WRI staff decided to practice what WRI was calling for, and asked the WRI Executive (as employers) to withhold the proportion of their income tax used to fund war. This was implemented from January 2002 on and continues until today.

Tax Refusal in the Context of Human Rights

Without tax refusal, we might have no codified human rights today. The cry "No taxation without representation!" ignited the American Revolution, transforming the ideas of Paine and Rousseau from philosophical abstractions to principles of government.

Spanish war tax resistance to military spending

While the new Spanish government has withdrawn troops from Iraq, Spanish troops remain in Afghanistan and on hand for further interventions. Weapons factories; the traffic in arms; the distortion of scientific research ... There is no underlying change. Yet if it seems that our protests are ignored, more than we imagine we have in our own hands the possibility to counter the pervasive influence of militarism.

Tax collector takes War Resisters' International's war taxes

War Resisters' International will continue to withhold war tax

WRI's war taxes on the wall at 5 Caledonian RoadWRI's war taxes on the wall at 5 Caledonian Road

Today, a tax collector of the Inland Revenue visited the office of War Resisters' International and collected the withheld war tax for the financial year 2002/03.

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