Activism

We Will Not Pay: The Americans Withholding Their Taxes to Fight Trump

The new president has driven some to make a statement with their bank accounts—despite fears such a protest could send demonstrators to jail.

WASHINGTON D.C. - OCTOBER 8: Protesters march through the Nations capitol during the 2011 Occupy movement on October 8, 2011 in Washington D.C.
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ndrew Newman always pays his taxes, even if he hates what the government is doing with them. But not this year. For him, Donald Trumpis the dealbreaker. He’ll pay his city and state taxes but will refuse to pay federal income tax as a cry of civil disobedience against the president and his new administration.

Newman is not alone. A nascent movement has been detected to revive the popularity of tax resistance – last seen en masse in America during the Vietnam war but which has been, sporadically, a tradition in the US and beyond going back many centuries.

Joanna Walters is a freelance journalist based in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @Joannawalters13.

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