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War Tax Resistance: How a Portland Couple Have Refused to Pay Taxes for Over 30 Years to Protest Mil

War Tax Resistance: How a Portland Couple Have Refused to Pay Taxes for Over 30 Years to Protest Military Funding

Today is April 15th. Tax Day–a day when tens of millions of Americans scramble to file their income taxes on time. It’s also a day when people across the country are planning to protest the use of tax dollars to fund war. A recent study shows that more than 40 percent of every income tax dollar in 2007 went towards military spending. We speak with Pat and John Schwiebert, a Portland couple who have refused to pay their taxes for the past 30 years to protest military spending. Today is April 15th. Tax Day–a day when tens of millions of Americans scramble to file their income taxes on time. It’s also a day when people across the country are planning to protest the use of tax dollars to fund war. In dozens of communities across the country, demonstrations are planned at IRS offices, federal buildings, post offices and other public places to protest the continued funding of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A recent study by the National Priorities Project shows that more than 40 percent of every income tax dollar in 2007 went towards military spending. The largest share of that was for the war in Iraq, which has been estimated to cost taxpayers $12 billion dollars per month. The total amount allocated for the Iraq war through fiscal year 2008 is more than $520 billion dollars.

To protest the continued funding of the war, some Americans are taking a stand today by personally refusing to fund the military. Tax resisters across the country are planning to withhold part or all of their taxes to protest the war.

Pat and John Schwiebert have been war tax resisters for the past thirty years. John is a retired pastor who spent more than four decades as a United Methodist minister. His wfie, Pat, is a registered nurse who has founded support groups for parents who have lost their children. They both join me here in Portland where they live.

Pat Schwiebert, war tax resister for over 30 years. She is a registered nurse and has started a group for parents who have lost their children. The Oregonian has described her as “one of the nation’s premier experts on grief and infant loss.”

John Schwiebert, war tax resister for over 30 years. He is recently retired after more than four decades as a United Methodist minister.

http://www.nwtrcc.org/

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/4/15/war_tax_resistance_how_a_portland

 
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