News Release

Advocating Tax Reform

CHUCK COLLINS
Yesterday the House voted to repeal the estate tax. Senior fellow at Responsible Wealth, Collins said today: “Estate tax opponents are fighting to preserve every last dime of Paris Hilton’s inheritance. … Under current law, the tax affects 1.5 percent of the people who die each year, yet will generate more than a trillion dollars over the next two decades.” Kasica can arrange interviews with wealthy individuals who are working to preserve the estate tax. The group is also working to stop the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy from becoming permanent. Responsible Wealth is a project of the group United for a Fair Economy.
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RUTH BENN
ED HEDEMANN
Benn and Hedemann are co-editors of the book War Tax Resistance. Hedemann said today: “For over 30 years, I have taken the money that would be due to the IRS and re-routed it to community groups. I object to military spending and I don’t want to take part in it. During the Vietnam War, I refused to join the military. It seemed inconsistent of me to refuse to join, but to pay for others to do so as well as for the munitions.”

Coordinator for the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, Benn said today: “In at least 56 communities across the U.S., demonstrations will be held at Internal Revenue Service offices, Federal buildings, post offices, and other public places on Friday, April 15, to protest the use of tax dollars to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of these events will include people giving their tax dollars to community groups instead of to the IRS.”
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JABARI ZAKIYA
A taxation activist based in Washington, D.C., Zakiya said today: “People in D.C. do not have voting representation in Congress, but are under the same requirements as everyone else. At minimum, people in D.C. should be treated the same as people in Puerto Rico and Guam — who also only have non-voting representation in Congress, but are not required to file income tax returns. … Zakiya, who believes that as a D.C. resident he has no requirement to file tax returns, added: “I was held indefinitely without due process — much like Jose Padilla — for over three years. Eventually a federal court ordered my release. I am now in the process of suing the government for wrongful imprisonment and violation of a plethora of constitutional rights. My case is pending.”

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020, (202) 421-6858; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167