An Alternative to Paying for War
Are you troubled about paying for war? This sample letter proposes an
alternative. You may copy this letter directly, or personalize it. To find
your Representative and Senators and for an online version of this letter,
go to: www.peacetaxfund.org
I am trying my best to obey both the duties of citizenship and the demands
of my conscience. I am conscientiously opposed to participation in war, yet
I am required to fund the military every time I pay my federal taxes. My
conscientious conviction against paying taxes for military purposes is not
based on mere personal or political preference. It is grounded in deeply
held beliefs based on universally recognized moral, ethical, and religious
My conscience must deal with the double violence of our military
expenditures. Advanced weapons do violence not only by their incredible
destructive powers. They also cause devastation in our communities by
draining essential financial resources needed to address basic human needs.
Approximately 31 cents out of every federal income tax dollar will pay for
current military purposes in Fiscal Year 2005. It staggers my mind to
contemplate what this nearly $600 billion dollars could do to alleviate
human suffering and thus reduce the likelihood of future wars.
Please do not misunderstand -- I am not opposed to paying taxes. I seek a
way to pay 100% of my taxes without violating my deeply held beliefs against
participation in war. I urge you to enact the Religious Freedom Peace Tax
Fund Bill when it is introduced in the new Congress (It was H.R. 2037 in the
108th Congress). This bill would allow sincere conscientious objectors to
military participation to pay their federal income, gift, and estate taxes
into a fund earmarked for nonmilitary governmental purposes only.
Since 1940, U.S. law has allowed conscientious objectors to military
participation to perform alternative service rather than be conscripted into
the military. This law should be extended to allow alternative service for
my drafted dollars.
Thank you for considering my request.
Please send your version of this letter to:
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
And send a carbon copy to:
Washington, DC 20510
IRS (with your tax return)
Note: IRS regulations prohibit writing
directly on your tax return, but IRS has no policy against enclosing a
letter of protest. Do not staple letter to IRS form.
National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund
2121 Decatur Pl NW
Washington, DC 20008