BREAKING THE SYSTEM
TAX RESISTANCE STRATEGIES
HERE IS A SUMMARY OF DIFFERENT TAX RESISTANCE STRATEGIES. EACH OF THESE STRATEGIES HAVE DIFFERENT IMPACTS AND RISKS.
(with thanks to the War Resisters League, adapted from their site.)
File and refuse to pay your taxes. This involves filling out a 1040 form and refusing to pay either a token amount of your taxes (e.g. $5, $10, $50), or a percentage representing a portion (see the federal spending pie chart), or the total amount. See Filing and Refusing for steps to get started.
- Refuse to file a tax return. This might involve trying to stay out of the system or “off the grid.” See “To File or Not To File A Tax Return”
- Earn less than the taxable income. This can involve having such a low income that you are not required to file federal income tax returns (approximately $10,300 for a single person in 2015), or it can mean filing and taking deductions so that no income tax is owed. Note: Social Security taxes are owed on income of $600 and up. These taxes will be owed if you have not had them withheld at a job, and IRS collection is the same as for income taxes. See “Low Income/Simple Living as War Tax Resistance”
- Resist the local telephone excise tax. The federal telephone excise tax historically has been related to wars and excessive military spending. It appears on local-only landline phone bills. Refusing to pay this tax is a low risk method of war tax resistance. See Hang Up On War.
KEEP IN MIND IF YOU CONSIDER BREAKING THE SYSTEM
The Fed collects about 3 Trillion a year in tax revenue from a system that relies on voluntary compliance. Every 1% decline in the tax compliance rate costs the government $30 billion in tax revenue. This is why the government works so hard to convince you that you will go to jail if you don't pay taxes. They NEED you to believe that to insure tax payments.
Number of IRS employees: 82,000
Number of IRS employees who are "revenue agents" with the power to audit: 20,500
Number of revenue agents empowered to investigate resistors: 9% of those 20,500
Number of filings the IRS receives a year: 85,000,000
DO THE MATH: is the IRS capable of prosecuting all tax resistors?
Before you decide, consult your tax preparer.
FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE RESOURCES AND READ THIS ARTICLE:
USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THE IRS
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR INDIVIDUALS
You can find additional resources here including methods of tax resistance and risks and consequences (from the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee).