[saymaListserv] Religious Peace Tax Fund

Nancy Whitt nmwhitt at samford.edu
Thu Jun 23 08:34:51 JEST 2005


Message: 1
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 09:26:29 -0400
From: "Guy Pujol" <guypujol at mindspring.com>
Subject: [BPFNA] Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act
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Yesterday I received an email from Democracy in Action with an update on
the
Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act.  Originally I thought it was a
post to
this listserv, but it wasn't; so, I'm passing along some information...
and
hoping that those of you in the US have Representatives you can invite
to
sign on as co-sponsors to this bill.

On May 25, 2005, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) introduced the Religious Freedom
Peace Tax Fund Act [H.R. 2631] into the House.  The full name (and
synopsis)
of the bill is: To affirm the religious freedom of taxpayers who are
conscientiously opposed to participation in war, to provide that the
income,
estate, or gift tax payments of such taxpayers be used for nonmilitary
purposes, to create the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund to receive such
tax
payments, to improve revenue collection, and for other purposes.

Currently, the bill has 35 co-sponsors and has been referred to the
House
Ways and Means Committee.

Basically, this bill creates the ability for US taxpayers to declare
themselves as conscientious objectors with regard to federal taxes and
designate that your tax money cannot be used--in part or in whole--for
any
military purposes.  Instead, your tax monies will be deposited to the
Peace
Tax Fund, which is managed by the Treasury, and then "allocated annually
to
any appropriation not for a military purpose."  ["Military purposes"
includes not only war and the armed forces, but also the National
Security
Council, foreign military aid, and other agencies & activities.]

For the text of the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act [Sec. 2:
Findings,
is worth reading!] and the current status of this bill, go to the THOMAS
-
Library of Congress website, http://thomas.loc.gov, and search for
"Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act" or HR 2631.  Please review the
list
of current co-sponsors.  If your Representative is not a co-sponsor,
please
write to her/him and ask that s/he co-sponsor this bill.  If you Rep. is
already a co-sponsor, please send her/him a thank you note and express
your
gratitude for her/his support of this meaningful piece of legislation.

Guy

PS
The New York City Council is currently considering Resolution 367, a
resolution in support of the Peace Tax Fund.  It is the first [proposed]
city council resolution in support of the Peace Tax Fund Act.  If you
live
in NYC, please let your Councilperson know of your support for the Peace
Tax
Fund and encourage her/him to vote affirmatively for Res. 367.



I'm through accepting limits
'Cuz someone says they're so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I'll never know
     --Elphaba in "Defying Gravity" from WICKED
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G. Guy Pujol, Jr.
63 Sycamore Station
Decatur, GA  30030
404-371-9213
guypujol at mindspring.com 



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