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The tax bucks stop here - Resisters withhold payment in protest of U.S. sending troops to Iraq
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/3/7 | Pia Sarkar

Posted on 04/03/2007 7:45:54 AM PDT by SmithL

Dorothy Hansen used to pay her taxes faithfully every year -- until the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Since then, the 87-year-old Sebastopol resident has stopped filing her income tax returns to show her disapproval of the war.

"I am very sure that I don't want to have any part in killing people and I certainly don't want a part in any wars that do just that," Hansen said.

With the tax-filing deadline just two weeks away, some Bay Area residents are using it as an opportunity to protest the war by withholding their tax dollars to fund it.

Known as war tax resisters, they consider it an act of civil disobedience. Some withhold only a symbolic portion of what they owe -- $10.40, for example, to represent the 1040 tax form -- while others, like Hansen, refuse to pay anything at all. Many will redirect their tax dollars to a charity of their choice.

The risks can be costly if a resister is caught. The Internal Revenue Service recently increased the penalty for people who fail to pay their taxes to $5,000 from $500. Some resisters have had their wages garnisheed or property seized.

"There is no law that permits taxpayers to refuse to file a tax return or refuse to pay their taxes based on an estimate of what the government spends on programs or policies with which they disagree on moral, ethical, religious or other grounds," the IRS said in a statement. "These frivolous positions are variations of arguments taxpayers have made in the past about religion and taxation, and that courts have repeatedly rejected."

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: gotojail; renderuntocaesar; sanfranciscovalues
Elizabeth Boardman is among those refusing to pay part of their taxes this year. She plans to withhold 41 percent.

1 posted on 04/03/2007 7:45:59 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Good luck with that sister....


2 posted on 04/03/2007 7:48:14 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: SmithL

Note to IRS, check out Dorothy Hansen....


3 posted on 04/03/2007 7:48:59 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: SmithL
Liberals are idiots. What about tax dollars that go to Planned Parenthood and are used to kill unborn babies. In the whacked out liberal world that’s ok.
4 posted on 04/03/2007 7:49:31 AM PDT by A message (Liberalism does not breed survivors)
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To: SmithL

Conservatives should refuse to pay taxes because the federal government is spending it on unconstitutional budget items.

Yeah... that’ll work.


5 posted on 04/03/2007 7:49:48 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

So I guess she also didn’t pay taxes from 1940-’44. Or during much of the 50’s, sixties and early 70’s and again in the 80’s and then again in the mid-nineties? Hey IRS, go get her, for once I’m root’n for you!


6 posted on 04/03/2007 7:50:32 AM PDT by marlon
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To: SmithL
the 87-year-old Sebastopol resident.

I'm betting she has a zero tax liability anyway.
7 posted on 04/03/2007 7:50:52 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Um... but there’s plenty of things I don’t agree with the majority with respect to how our taxes are spent. Can I just stop paying my taxes because I disagree with the majority? Of course not and I believe that’s been tested in court before. Why don’t you just secede from the union... oh wait that’s been tested too. Boo freakin' hoo. I guess you'll just have to respect the will of the majority. ;-)
8 posted on 04/03/2007 7:52:58 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: SmithL

I think this is a great idea.

I urge ALL LIBERALS not to pay their taxes.

Then when they end up in jail and are felons -they can’t vote!

(Well, in some cities they can’t vote.)


9 posted on 04/03/2007 7:53:49 AM PDT by Basheva
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To: SmithL
If she gets away with it?
I'm against all federal government social programs. Therefore, I would be tax exempt, too.
As a matter of fact, we'd all be tax exempt. I'm sure there's something every American disagrees with. I think a tax revolt is a great idea. The only way to kill our massive, oppressive government beast is to starve it to death. I'm all for it.
I would donate to the military fund, though. National security is about the only government system I support.
10 posted on 04/03/2007 7:54:12 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: SmithL

Whadda Dumba$$.


11 posted on 04/03/2007 7:56:07 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (I buy gas for my Hummer with the Carbon Offsets I sell on Ebay!)
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To: SmithL

For some reason this reminds me of a King of the Hill episode:

“Well, ‘33 to ‘45, FDR was President, so I was on the welfare. Then in the ‘60s you had Kennedy and LBJ, so I was on the welfare, and ‘77 to ‘81, Jimmy Carter was in the White House, so I was on the welfare.”


12 posted on 04/03/2007 7:57:01 AM PDT by retrokitten (praying for Tony)
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To: SmithL
Hopefully, these same people will protest the “corrupt electoral process” by not voting. Maybe they will realize “we never asked to be born” and commit suicide.
13 posted on 04/03/2007 7:58:42 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: SmithL

I’m interested what kind of income an 87 year old lady can have. I wonder if it’s “Earned Income”?


14 posted on 04/03/2007 7:59:06 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SmithL
Anyone that is an enemy of the personal income tax is a great American and a Friend of the People.

That said, taxes should and must be paid but

; for you and you alone own yourself, a self-evident and inalienable natural right.

All you need to know and should learn immediately is here:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4312730277175242198

15 posted on 04/03/2007 8:01:17 AM PDT by Hostage (I'm a Fredhead and I vote!)
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To: SmithL

“I am very sure that I don’t want to have any part in killing people and I certainly don’t want a part in any wars that do just that,”

Now forgive me I am young so I was not personally around for much of the wars of the twentieth century, but for those who were can I ask you a question? Did any of them involve tickle fights?


16 posted on 04/03/2007 8:06:59 AM PDT by spikeytx86 (Pray for Democrats for they have been brainwashed by their fruity little club.)
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To: SmithL

The IRS probably figured, why harass an 87-year-old lady? In a few years we can send a tax bill to her estate.


17 posted on 04/03/2007 8:08:37 AM PDT by ikka
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Some nuts did this during the Vietnam War, and would up in prison.
18 posted on 04/03/2007 8:14:09 AM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: SmithL
The IRS can seize bank accounts,auction real estate and do all sorts of other fun stuff.
19 posted on 04/03/2007 8:30:57 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: Basheva

I agree, let’s hope it catches on!


20 posted on 04/03/2007 8:52:50 AM PDT by mutantcoil
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia

Since I have had to pay my taxes during the Clinton administration and all the years of rat congresses I demand of the IRS to THROW THE OLD BAT IN JAIL


21 posted on 04/03/2007 9:18:37 AM PDT by mimaw
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To: mimaw

You don’t understand that she is doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

When people finally rise up to protest that they have had enough, it matters not what made them stand up (antiwar), it matters only that the protest is just (abolish the personal income tax).

Movements succeed where people everywhere unite for diverse reasons around a focused issue.

That said, pay the 1040 taxes for now, but educate yourself to who the real enemy is. Watch the following:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4312730277175242198

Unity is more important than personal side issues.


22 posted on 04/03/2007 9:31:35 AM PDT by Hostage (I'm a Fredhead and I vote!)
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To: massgopguy

That would be her Earned Income Tax Credit she received last year.


23 posted on 04/03/2007 9:34:42 AM PDT by eyedigress
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To: SmithL
Its funny the same people who advocate others pay their fair share of taxes fail to pay their fair share of taxes when its their turn.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

24 posted on 04/03/2007 9:38:40 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Hostage
And exactly what % of the babyboomers would unite against federal income taxes. Without them their social security checks medicare benefits will be paid how? There is no social security trust fund. What exactly would the majority of American people be willing to cut from the federal budget. If polls are right over half would be willing to spend military budgets on more domestic programs. Why else elect dems? I’m afraid this country has gone over the cliff. Those who could remember the country of the early 1900’s are gone don’t depend on the most selfish generation (boomer) to sacrifice anything, sacrifice would be required.
25 posted on 04/03/2007 10:02:46 AM PDT by mimaw
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To: SmithL
They are doing it all for the wrong reasons. Heck if they want to do it right, they should be protesting because of the IRS and the income tax as a whole.

Get enough people to do it and then you have something.

26 posted on 04/03/2007 10:05:32 AM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: mimaw
mimaw,

Read what you wrote.

And exactly what % of the babyboomers would unite against federal income taxes. Without them their social security checks medicare benefits will be paid how?

Social Security and Medicare have their own taxes.

Please watch the film (if you can, you will need a high-speed connection) because it will answer all your questions. No one in that film is against you; you will be surprised.

I watched this film and it changed my life.

27 posted on 04/03/2007 10:20:25 AM PDT by Hostage (I'm a Fredhead and I vote!)
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To: SmithL
Since then, the 87-year-old Sebastopol resident has stopped filing her income tax returns to show her disapproval of the war.

Don't these liberals realize they are harming the poor by their actions? Don't they realize that women and children will be hardest hit?

28 posted on 04/03/2007 10:23:17 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: SmithL
Have read these same type stories in the past. If the reporter thinks this is original he hasn't been in the business very many years.

There is no legal excuse for not paying one's taxes. Sorry but we don't get to choose that our tax money not be spent on the military. Just arrest, take to trial, convict and send them all to jail.

29 posted on 04/03/2007 10:30:22 AM PDT by jerry639
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To: SmithL

Throw the old bat in jail.


30 posted on 04/03/2007 10:37:12 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Freep Fox they drop the ball on GOE)
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To: SmithL

This old biddy’s about to learn — the hard way — that the IRS long ago disproved the old addage “you can’t get blood from a turnip”. At the IRS, they can squeeze it out of thin air, if necessary.

They WILL get the legally payable “pound of flesh” — and THEN some.

I’m no booster of the tax code, but, so long as it’s in force, you’d best pay up, or you will come to understand a whole new universe of pain and anxiety.


31 posted on 04/03/2007 10:52:15 AM PDT by HKMk23 (Total domination over all kingdoms under heaven will be given to the saints of YHVH. -- Daniel 7:27)
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To: Hostage; SmithL; mimaw; unixfox

I am as much in favor of abolishing the IRS as anyone. Government should tax consumption instead of productive behavior. However, we live in a nation of laws. The rule of law is a big part of what keeps our nation strong. Protesting against the IRS or income tax is great, but breaking the law is wrong. Is it possible for the law to become so oppressive that government destroys our freedom, making it necessary to throw off the yoke of oppression. Yes, but we are not there yet.


32 posted on 04/03/2007 11:40:37 AM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia

Our government will always need a revenue collector.

We the People will always need to pay taxes.

It is the form of taxation that is killing us meaning our ideals of freedom. Many today do not see it because it has come slowly and smoothly.

Watch the film. It will be distributed in independent theatres this year. It is free on the internet now. You will need a high-speed connection.

Watch every minute of it.

Study it.

Do not be distracted because some have different views. Our differences are used to divide us, to set us against each other. Just look at the comments on this thread.

The strategy being used by those that are slowly taking away our freedoms is perfect.

“Throw the old bat in jail.” (post #30, and many others).

Their strategy is perfect. Use us against ourselves.


33 posted on 04/03/2007 11:49:36 AM PDT by Hostage (I'm a Fredhead and I vote!)
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To: Hostage

“I watched this film and it changed my life.”

Ditto, and thanks for the link!


34 posted on 04/03/2007 11:49:47 AM PDT by spikeytx86 (Pray for Democrats for they have been brainwashed by their fruity little club.)
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To: spikeytx86

Good luck to you.

Security without freedom is a prison.

Freedom without security is temporary.

No freedom and no security lead to death.

Freedom and security are the ideal and reality of life.


35 posted on 04/03/2007 12:47:54 PM PDT by Hostage (I'm a Fredhead and I vote!)
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