The Common Good
May-June 1999

Fund Raising for Cruise Missiles?

by Molly Marsh | May-June 1999

In the first such case in nine years, the Internal Revenue Service has taken longtime
activist and war tax resister Ed Hedemann to court.

In the first such case in nine years, the Internal Revenue Service has taken longtime activist and war tax resister Ed Hedemann to court. Hedemann, a resident of Brooklyn, began withholding his taxes in 1972 as a protest against the Vietnam War, donating the withheld money to several nonprofit organizations. Supporters of Hedemann staged a march in New York City when his hearing began.

Hedemann claims the IRS has "routinely sent me threatening notices and levies, called me at home, harassed organizations I work for, and looked for nonexistent bank accounts and property. But this is the first time they’ve ever taken me to court. I guess they’re in desperate need of more money to pay for all those cruise missiles." During the past 30 years, only six out of 8,000-10,000 U.S. war tax resisters have been taken to court, according to the War Resisters League.

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