The US Campaign for a Tax Fund
We have long supported those persons who cannot in conscience pay taxes in support of war. We believe they should be granted the same legal recognition as that granted to conscientious objectors to military service. Toward that end, we recognize the work of the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund (NCPTF). The NCPTF advocates for legislation by the United States Congress to establish a Peace Tax Fund.
The purpose of Peace Tax Fund legislation is to:
- provide each individual the right not to be into any form of participation in killing other human beings--whether that participation is physical or financial;
- offer conscientious objectors the right to pay their full tax obligation without violating deeply held religious or ethical beliefs; and
- give those who are conscientiously opposed to war because of religious or ethical beliefs the right not to have legal penalties imposed because of those beliefs.
We believe all persons have these rights based in the freedom to exercise their beliefs according to the dictates of conscience. To that end, we support the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund and affirm the work it does on behalf of those who conscientiously object to payment of taxes for war.
Resolution #278, 2004 Book of Resolutions
Resolution #260, 2000 Book of Resolutions
See Social Principles, ¶ 164F.
From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church - 2008. Copyright © 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.