"War tax resistance" means refusing to allow your taxes to be militarised, by withholding the proportion of your taxes that the government spends on the military - a conscientious objection to the use of tax for military purposes. There is a long history of individuals and organisations resisting the militarisation of their taxes, and alongside some of our affiliates, "Not in my name, not with my taxes" - WRI were taken to court because of their tax resistanceWar Resisters' International witholds several hundreds of pounds tax each year that would otherwise go towards the UK government's preparations for war.
War Resisters' International's tax resistance goes back to January 2002. In September 2001, after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon in the USA, War Resisters' International issued a call for conscientious objection to war and preparation for war, in which it also called on "all those who pay tax: demand that your taxes are used for peace, withhold the proportion of tax used for war, Say No!" As a consequence, WRI staff asked the WRI Executive to withhold a proportion of their income tax - around 7% - and continue to do so.
We believe our tax resistance serves as both active resistance to war and its preparation, and a simple act of solidarity with those continuing to resist more 'traditional' forms of conscription to military service in countries where conscription still takes place.
WRI Statements on tax resistance
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