War Tax Resistance resources and Tax Day (mid-April) plans
Please pass along to others in your group or area. Thanks.
To those interested in war tax resistance/refusal and supporters in Maine,
With US weapons arming the world and continuing US troop invasions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other parts of the world, it’s more important than ever to know where your tax dollars are going and how to pay for peace, not war. And where our tax dollars actually SHOULD go are just as important. The attached flyer can give the public these ideas and facts.
Can you help to pass out flyers (attached) in your local community on April 18 (Tax Day in Maine) or before? Small town or big city–either will be a big help! If so, please contact me for a supply of flyers to give out at your post office or other public location before or on Tax Day. Or, you can simply copy what’s included and make a supply yourself to pass out. Either way is fine. The attached flyer has three handouts/sheet, so copy both sides and cut into thirds. IF YOU CANNOT ACCESS THE FLYER AND WANT A COPY, PLEASE REPLY TO THIS EMAIL AND I WILL MAIL YOU A COPY.
If you want to help, contact people that are already planning to pass out flyers on April 18 (I can provide names of those who have done it in the past) to find out when they will be distributing flyers and how to help. Check with the Resource Center to see where other leafletting will also take place.
To be a local leafletter for your area or to find out who else will be doing this where you are, contact Larry Dansinger at the Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center. Some areas that have had leafleting in the past: Augusta, Bangor, Bath, Belfast, Brunswick, Damariscotta, Farmington, Portland, Rockland, Seacoast NH/Maine, Skowhegan/Waterville.
If you decide to plan Tax Day actions and to do more in addition to distributing flyers, contact Larry to find out about others who can help with any event..
For those refusing either phone or income taxes, the Maine War Tax Funds for Life will be accepting refused tax money and re-directing it again this year. Money can be sent to MWTFL, 161 Stovepipe Alley, Monroe, ME 04951.
The Maine WTR Resource Center also needs donations of any amount. Send cash or checks to: Maine WTRRC, 161 Stovepipe Alley, Monroe, ME 04951.
If you need information about how to resist war taxes, counseling about your specific situation, or support from others in your local area, contact Larry Dansinger (below) for more information.
HELPFUL War Tax Resistance RESOURCES
For those ready to think more about war tax resistance, the Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center has general and specific pieces of information, including:
1. If You Want Peace, Why Pay Taxes for War? basic brochure from the Maine WTR Resource Center (free)
2. Why and How to Refuse to Pay for War (10 cents each) (Summary of basic ideas behind WTR)
3. Refusing the Federal Telephone Tax (10 cents) (Refusing the phone tax is safe and easy)
4. Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes (10 cents) (Annual War Resisters League Pie Chart Flyer)
5. Why Isn’t Everyone Who’s for Peace a War Tax Resister? (10 cents) (Responses to excuses/reasons)
6. Practical War Tax Resistance #1: Controlling Federal Tax Withholding (50 cents)
7. PWTR #2: To File or Not to File an Income Tax Return (50 cents)
8. PWTR #3: How to Resist Collection, or to Make the Most of Collection When It Occurs (50 cents)
9. PWTR #4: Self-Employment–An Effective Path for War Tax Refusal (50 cents)
10. PWTR #5: Low Income/Simple Living as War Tax Resistance (50 cents)
11. PWTR #6: Organizational War Tax Resistance (75 cents) (esp. for employers)
12. PWTR #7: Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Aging and War Tax Resistance (75 cents)
13. Guide to War Tax Resistance ($15 suggested) (200 page book, everything you ever wanted to know and lots of details on how-to’s)
14. Are You Praying for Peace But Still Paying for War? (10 cents) (Christian perspective)
15. Some Writings on War Tax Resistance ($1.00) (variety of short articles)
16. “Death and Taxes” is a new 30-minute DVD on the basics of WTR. This can be shown to local peace and justice groups or on cable TV or any good location. Contact Larry to borrow the DVD and arrange for a showing and speaker.
You can also get information from National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, (800) 269-7464 or www.nwtrcc.org. But the Maine Resource Center can be a good starting point.
To order items, send coins, bills, checks, or additional postage stamps for the cost of these materials to:
Larry Dansinger, Maine WTR Resource Center, 161 Stovepipe Alley, Monroe, ME 04951, (207) 525-7776 or email@example.com
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