YIPLIn April of 1966, as the government was escalating the Vietnam war, Congress passed a law raising the Federal tax on telephone service to 10%. "It is clear." said Rep. Wilbur Mills, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, "that Vietnam and only the Vietnam operation makes this bill necessary". -Congressional Record,February 23,1966.
The War Tax Resistance is showing people how to refuse to pay this war tax. In most cases, the IRS will come to collect with 6% interest, but your phone service will continue. But the more it's done, the more it costs Them in time, trouble and embarrasment for Uncle Sham. Do it, and tell your friends, relatives and neighbors to do the same. Include a letter to this effect to the phone company and your congressmen:
BECAUSE OF THE BRUTAL AND AGGRESSIVE WAR
the United States government is conducting against Vietnam, the amount of the federal excise tax, $........, has been deducted from my payment of this bill. I have opposed this war and protested against it in many ways. Now I must testify to my opposition by refusing to pay this tax.
The telephone excise tax was raised in April, 1966, only in order to help pay for the war in Vietnam. Paying the tax means helping to pay for outright atrocities, for the murder of innocent women and chidren. It means helping to pay for the indiscriminate bombing and napalming of defenseless villages. It means helping to finance the shipping of American boys half way around the world to die defending an unpopular, totalitarian and corrupt regime.
I am sorry for any inconvenience my tax refusal may cause your office and hope you will understand that this protest is not directed against the telephone company. I hope also that you will soon join me and the many others who have decided that it is now necessary to oppose the war by refusing to pay the telephone excise tax that helps finance it.
Sincerely in peace,