Welcome to the National Campaign
for a Peace Tax Fund
The National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund (NCPTF), based in Washington, D.C., is a not-for-profit 501(c)(4) organization which advocates for passage of the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act, H.R. 2483, in the 113th Congress. When enacted, this law will restore the rights of citizens whose conscience does not permit financial participation in any war. This includes both individuals who are members of religious congregations as well as those who are not religious, but have ethical and moral objections to paying for war. Federal taxes of designated conscientious objectors will be placed in a non-military trust fund, enabling the government to obtain needed federal revenue without violating these individuals' right to the free exercise of their beliefs. The Peace Tax Foundation (PTF) is NCTPF's tax-exempt sister 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation serves to inform the public about the concept of alternative tax payment programs that are based upon moral, ethical, and religious opposition to participation in warfare. See more on the purpose of the NCPTF and PTF.
War & Taxes: Reflections for Tax Day 2014
With Tax Day 2014 here, we share three reflections about war and taxes. First, we recommend an article on war taxes—"Opinion: War Taxes: Our taxes for war destroy people faster than our donations can fix things" (new window)—by Peace Tax Fund member John Stoner, which was published in the March 17, 2014, issue of The Mennonite World Review. Second, we'd like to share an article—"The Tax Dilemma" (new window)—by NCPTF Director Jack Payden-Travers, which has been published in a number of newspapers and posted on Web sites this month. One of those sites is the blog The Sierra County Prospect (new window). Third, you may also be interested in listening to an opinion essay—"Tax Quandary" (new window)—by NCPTF Director Jack Payden-Travers, which was broadcast last week over WVTF, a Virginia affiliate of National Public Radio.
If you enclosed a letter of protest to the IRS and/or your elected officials when you filed your taxes, please share it with the Peace Tax Fund office. Also, please feel free to send your own letters to the editor, articles in publications, and commentaries on war taxes to our office. These communications from supporters help our lobbying efforts, and receiving them boosts our spirits.
NCPTF Presentation on the Moral Cost of War
NCPTF Executive Director Jack Payden-Travers and the Center on Conscience and War presented "The Moral Cost of War: Conscientious Objection to War & Alternatives to Paying for War" in a workshop at Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2014 in Washington, DC, on March 22, 2014. The presentation slides that Jack used for his portion of the workshop included content provided by Penny Allen, one of our generous supporters in Ohio. The slides from the NCPTF presentation are available here as a PDF document (1.21 MB, new window).
NCPTF Board and Staff Meet with U.S. Rep. John Lewis
On March 13, 2014, some members of our Board of Directors and staff met with U.S. Representative John Lewis (Georgia, 5th Cong. Dist.) to thank him for his dedicated sponsorship of the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill. Rep. Lewis has sponsored the bill since 1997, and he re-introduced it in the House of Representatives on June 25, 2013 (the 113th Session of Congress).
Lancaster, PA, Area Event
Peter Goldberger, a supporter of the Peace Tax Fund, is speaking on "Religious Conscience and the Taxes that Support Perpetual War" at the Lancaster Friends Meeting House (Lancaster, PA) from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on March 15, 2014. This event is sponsored by 1040 For Peace. Check the event's flyer for more information (PDF document, 1.14 MB, new window).
"Freedom Rider Asks To Give Peace A Chance–Peace Tax Fund Act Of 2013" (Peter J. Reilly, Forbes, July 23, 2013)
Please read this article (new window) on the Forbes Web site and consider commenting on it like our Executive Director has. You can then paste it on your Facebook page or Tweet about it.
Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill Introduced in 113th Congress as H.R. 2483
Congressman John Lewis of Georgia introduced the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund bill in the 113th Congress on June 25, 2013. The legislation, H.R. 2483, has five cosponsors: Representatives Barbara Lee (D- California), Henry C. Johnson (D-Georgia), Rush D. Holt (D-New Jersey), Wm. Lacy Clay, Jr. (D-Missouri), and John Conyers, Jr. (D-Michigan). This bill, if passed, will extend to U.S. taxpayers the right of conscientious objection to paying for war and preparation for war. The legislation has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. The text of the bill can be read on the "The Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill, H.R. 2483" page on this site or on Thomas (new window), the Library of Congress Web site.
All of us who support this legislation can fulfill an important responsibility by persuading our Representatives in the U.S. Congress to communicate to Rep. John Lewis their support and willingness to be cosponsors of the bill. Links to information on the bill's status in the House of Representatives are available on this bill's "Bill Summary & Status" page on Thomas (new window).
Should you be planning to visit Washington, D.C., during the month of July, remember that Congress will be in session from July 8th through August 2nd. Contact our office, and we can assist you should you wish to meet with your Representative to seek his/her cosponsorship. August 3rd through September 6th is the Summer Work Period, and most members of Congress will be back in their home districts during that time. It is an ideal time to arrange to meet with your members of Congress and to encourage your Representative to become a cosponsor of H.R. 2483 and your Senators to consider introducing the bill in the Senate.
Should you write to, or visit with, your members of Congress to encourage their support of the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund bill, please send a description of your visits and/or copies of your correspondence to the NCPTF office and let us know of any responses you receive. We keep a file on each legislator's stand on the bill based on the feedback we receive from you.
TAXES FOR PEACE NOT WAR!
An invitation from our Executive Director, Jack Payden-Travers:
April 15th, Tax Day, is never an easy day for those of us concerned about issues of peace and justice, for we are daily confronted by the image of a tax chart where the majority of the pie goes to the military, and the poor and hungry are left with the proverbial crumbs. How to respond, how to live with ourselves, when we know that our nation spends more on militarism than we do on education, social services, and—the list goes on—are the questions we will be dealing with when I speak on "TAXES FOR PEACE NOT WAR!" at Dorothy Day Catholic Worker on March 1, 2013.
Since 1972, I have been involved with resisting war taxes and trying to respond responsibly and creatively to the militarized society of which we are a part. What do you do for a living? Does one have to live under the taxable income level? What options are available? Can we really pray for peace while paying for war? I presently direct the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund, in February 2013 I was one of the delegates who attended the 14th International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns in Bogotá, Colombia, and I have been resisting war taxes since the Vietnam War. Wages have been garnished, property levied, refunds appropriated, and yet life gets better each year for my wife and me. Each of us has the ability to be a symbol of sanity and resistance to the military madness of this society.
Come and celebrate with me the opportunity that Tax Day presents to each of us. Bring your concerns and questions about taxes and tax resistance.
Venue: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Road, NW, Washington, DC 20010. Time: 7:30 PM, March 1, 2013.
Notice Regarding the Non-Profit Status of the Peace Tax Foundation
Due to a misunderstanding of Internal Revenue Service filing requirements, the non-profit status of the Peace Tax Foundation, Inc., was suspended on February 22, 2012. At this time, gifts to the Peace Tax Foundation, Inc., are not considered tax-deductible. We are currently reapplying for non-profit status and expect to be reinstated. If we are reinstated retroactively in the current calendar year, as we hope to be, your gift will then be considered tax-deductible and we will send an appropriate letter for your records. If tax consequences are of no importance to you, now is an extra good time to help both the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund and the Peace Tax Foundation, Inc., financially. Thank you for your consideration. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions.
Director to Speak in Both Akron and Lancaster, PA, March 11, 2012.
On Sunday, March 11, 2012, Jack Payden-Travers, the Director of the Peace Tax Fund, will be speaking at two events. In the morning he will be at the Akron Mennonite Church for 9:00 AM Worship and a Discipleship Hour at 10:30 AM on "Paying for War while Praying for Peace." AMC is at 1311 Diamond Street, Akron, PA 17501. Telephone: 717-859-1488.
At 3:00 PM, Mr. Payden-Travers will participate as a panelist in "Stories of Conscience and Taxes in a Culture of War" (program flyer, 1.1 MB PDF file, new window) at the Lancaster Church of the Brethren, 1601 Sunset Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601. Speakers include: Rev. Kelly Denton-Borhaug, author of U.S. War-culture, Sacrifice and Salvation; Pat Hostetter Martin, a war tax resister from Harrisonburg, Virginia; Jack Payden-Travers of the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund; and Shane Claiborne, of The Simple Way in Philadelphia, who wrote the book Jesus for President. Sponsored by Every Church A Peace Church and 1040 for Peace, this program addresses the challenges of praying for peace while paying for war. An offering will be received to support the presenters' ministries. Tax-deductible checks can be made payable to "Every Church A Peace Church."
Welcome Our New Executive Director
We welcome Jack Payden-Travers, who has been the Executive Director of the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund and the Peace Tax Foundation since May 2011. Jack's extensive non-profit experience and his life-long history of resisting militarism are vital additions to the NCPTF/PTF team. Please join us in welcoming him! You can learn more about Jack on the "Bio Sketches of Our Staff" page.
Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill Introduced in 112th Congress as H.R. 1191
The Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund bill was re-introduced by Representative John Lewis (GA-05) and 5 cosponsors on March 17, 2011, as H.R. 1191 in the 112th Congress. The text of the bill can be read on the "The Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill, H.R. 1191" page on this site or on Thomas (new window), the Library of Congress Web site. The bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. The language of this bill is identical with that of H.R. 2085 from the 111th Congress. All of us who support this legislation can fulfill an important responsibility by persuading Representatives in the U.S. Congress to communicate to Rep. John Lewis their support and willingness to be cosponsors of the bill. Links to information on the bill's status in the House of Representatives are available on the "The Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill, H.R. 1191" page on this site.
Write Your Editor
Want your opinions heard about the Peace Tax Fund in your local town? Contact your newspaper editor and encourage him/her to spread the news about NCPTF and the urgency for a Peace Tax Fund in our Federal Tax System! Our "Write a Letter to an Editor" page can help you with this.
New Peace Tax Foundation DVD
The new edition of the Peace Tax Foundation's video, Compelled by Conscience, is now available as a DVD. This 12-minute video is an excellent summary intended for both newcomers and activists. It explains the ideal of the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund bill in its historical and current context. Leaders and ordinary people from across the religious and political spectrum explain why there is a need to enable citizens to pay their taxes without violating their conscience. Bonus tracks on the Compelled by Conscience DVD include extended interviews, a video from a similar movement in Canada called Conscience Canada, and a moving NCPTF 35th anniversary concert. The DVD is ideal for sharing with a friend or a church group.
Check out a preview clip from our DVD, Compelled by Conscience (pop-up window).
Statements of Conscience
Read and create personal expressions of conscience about paying for war: