What We Do
The National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund, a national non-profit organization located in Washington, D.C., advocates for U.S. federal legislation that would enable conscientious objectors to war to have their federal income taxes directed to a special fund which would be used for non-military purposes alone. This fund would be called the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund, and the bill we seek to pass is called the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act, called H.R. 2483 in the current Congressional term.
Why We Do It
Advocacy for the establishment of a Peace Tax Fund is part of a long and distinguished history of religious freedom, freedom of conscience, and conscientious objection to war in the U.S.A. NCPTF believes that any form of coerced participation in military activity violates the inalienable right of people to live according to their religious conscience and ethical beliefs. Therefore, we promote legislation that is structured to acknowledge and accommodate this basic individual right. Just as our nation has developed a means by which citizens, on the basis of religious conscience, may choose to do non-military service in lieu of military service when a military draft is in effect, we advocate for statutes that establish a means by which the income tax payments of designated conscientious objectors can be directed to non-military purposes. Read about the Peace Tax Fund's background, why it is important that the bill gets passed, and what effects its enactment will have on our nation.
The Distinction between the Campaign and the Foundation
The National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund represents a growing constituency of over 2,000 active members in all 50 states. Components of the Campaign include professional lobbyists, activist networks, and newsletter publications.
Representative John Lewis (D-GA) and five other members of the U.S. House of Representatives re-introduced the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act as H.R. 2483 in the 113th Congress on June 25, 2013. Peace Tax campaigns similar to the one in the United States are gaining strength in 16 other countries around the world.
A dramatic increase of support for the concept of a Peace Tax Fund has been realized in recent years. Over 150 national and regional organizations have formally endorsed the legislation. Included in this diverse coalition are the historic peace churches; mainline Protestant denominations; Catholic, Jewish, and Unitarian organizations; peace groups and civil liberties organizations.
The National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund is a 501(c)(4), non-profit organization. Because the Campaign lobbies Congress, donations to the Campaign are not tax-deductible.
Alongside the Campaign is the tax-exempt educational organization, the Peace Tax Foundation.
The Peace Tax Foundation is organized 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. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation does research, produces publications, and conducts workshops and conferences.
The Foundation also serves as a liaison to the international Peace Tax movement.
Because the Foundation is educational and does not lobby, it is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations to it are