Grinnell resident refuses to pay a war tax

by dhayes on March 6, 2012

March 1
TAX DAY for farmers

Editor,

Today I moved my money out of a big bank AND refused to pay for war.Chris Gaunt, is in front of the U.S. Post Office building in Grinnell prior to sending her federal income tax payment. Gaunt refuses to pay 48 percent of her share of taxes that go towards payment of what she says is a "war tax."

I took all my money out of an account at Wells Fargo and moved it to one of

Grinnell’s community credit unions.

AND, since we are farmers and we had to pay income tax for 2011 (due March 1), I refused to pay 48 percent of my half of our federal taxes.

I included a letter to the IRS showing that 48 percent ($1,398 billion) of our federal tax budget in 2011 ($2,945 billion total) was spend on current and past military.
(http://www.warresisters.org/sites/default/files/FY2011piechart.pdf)

Supporters of Chris Gaunt in front of the U.S. Post Office building in Grinnell prior to sending her federal income tax payment. Gaunt refuses to pay 48 percent of her share of taxes that go towards payment of what she says is a "war tax."

I will gladly give that 48 percent I withheld to the Department of Peace once this beloved country of mine establishes a Department of Peace.

I refuse to continue paying for the militarization of the U.S. federal budget when that money could be spent on human needs.

Chris Gaunt
grandmother, farmer, peacemaker, occupier and now a war tax resister
Grinnell

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