Dear IRS: A Quaker Journey with War Tax Resistance
In September 2010, I received a letter from the IRS, which said that I had to pay a “frivolous filing penalty” of $5000 for my action of withholding some of the money I owed for my 2009 taxes. “We have determined that the purported tax return you sent is frivolous and your position has no basis in law.” Frivolous. The word stuck in my mind. Part of this journey is about words, about patience, about truth. It gave me a sort of mantra that is precious to me now, “I didn't ask for this, it is not about me, and way will open."
On War (January 2013)