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Henry David Thoreau


Withholding Tax Legally



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It is a criminal offence in this country to pay tax if any of it is used to fund genocide, murder or any criminal activity as per the 1945 UN Charter, Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Terrorism Act 2000 and The Nuremberg Code.  Yet most people continue to pay tax that funds foreign wars which have since 2001, cost the UK taxpayer £1.2TN and have killed 2M people (6M since WWII).

In the 5 min video below, Chris Coverdale explains how to withhold tax lawfully:


Most people believe their UK taxes go towards hospitals, lighting, bin collection, pensions and a plethora of other public services. In fact ALL TAXES (Including fines) go to parliament's Consolidated Fund of which 5-10% finances illegal wars via the MOD.


If you don't wish to fund these wars, you can do as the oligarchs do and place your taxes & fines into a trust. But unlike the oligarchs, you aren't trying to evade tax, but the funding of wars of aggression. If the government stops funding these wars, they can have your taxes. They are after all listed as the Primary Beneficiary in the TRUST which means the money is theirs - with the proviso they do not use your money for criminal purposes.

Tax 'rebellion' has been the single most important component underlying all successful rebellions in history. Magna Carta started with a tax rebellion, the English Civil War, American War of Independence, French & Russian Revolutions, Gandhi's Salt Tax Rebellion, the Glasgow Women's Rent Strike in 1915 and the Poll Tax.

Willful refusal to pay tax may get you into hot water. But there is a way you can withhold tax that you believe will be spent on criminal purposes, such as the act of funding wars, including genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. It is the same route oligarchs and MPs use to avoid tax. Your aim however is not to avoid tax, but to ensure that any taxes collected by the government are used responsibly and if not, then you have the right to spend your tax in ways that benefit your local community.


If you wish to stop funding illegal wars of aggression, download DEED of TRUST A (all taxes & fines except PAYE & NI) below and follow the instructions in STEPS 1-6 to withhold tax lawfully:

If you are a company director, you can use DEED of TRUST to withhold PAYE and NI on behalf of your employees. It is illegal to pay tax if it is known that any of the taxes will be used for criminal purposes such as funding wars. You will need to sign in to download the DEED.

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When Is It A Crime to Collect or Pay Tax?

It's down to each of us to illegally pay,

or lawfully withhold tax.

The choice is ours.


Most people in Britain never think to ask or answer this question because we make the assumption that our governments use our money to pay for the essential services we need to run the country, such as health, education, defence, the justice system etc.


We also assume that everyone who benefits from these services has a duty to pay for them, and if you fail to contribute your fair share of taxes, you are not only being unfair to everyone else, but you can be arrested and imprisoned for tax evasion.


So how on earth can it be a crime to collect or pay tax?

The answer may be easier to identify if we pose the question in a different way:


When is it a crime for one person to hand over money to another?

The answer to this question is when you know or have reasonable cause to suspect that the other person is intending to use the money for any criminal purpose, such as buying weapons or poison to kill a person, insider dealing on a Stock Exchange, funding a fraud or robbery or financing a terrorist attack. There are numerous ways in which one can commit a crime by handing over money to another person or organisation. It all depends on knowing how the money will be used after it leaves your possession.


In law, it is a statutory criminal offence in Britain to hand over money to a person or organisation if you have reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used for a criminal purpose, such as funding terrorism, war or genocide? In such cases, the person who hands over the money, knowing that it may be used for a criminal purpose, is complicit in the crime and can be prosecuted and imprisoned for aiding and abetting the crime.


So it is important to be clear about the use to which your money will be put BEFORE you hand it over. If you have any suspicion whatsoever that your money could be used to fund a criminal enterprise of any sort, you must check (it's called due diligence in the financial world) that none of your money will be used in future for a criminal purpose.

So how does this apply to individuals or businesses collecting or paying tax?

The principle is the same. If a taxpayer hands over money to a tax collector such as a council, HMRC, the DVLA or a business charging VAT, knowing that the money will go to the Treasury and some of it will be passed to the Ministry of Defence to buy guns or explosives for use by HM forces to murder people in another country, he or she is complicit in the murders and can be prosecuted alongside Britain's leaders, for funding terrorism and aiding abetting murder, a crime against humanity or genocide.


But surely waging war and paying military forces to fight an enemy is lawful?

No, it isn't. War was outlawed in 1928 when we signed and ratified the General Treaty for the Renunciation of War, which is often referred to as the Kellogg Briand Pact. So it is never legal, lawful or legitimate to wage war, or to fund war. The only occasion in international law when the use of armed force is lawful is when a State is under attack by the armed forces of another State and needs to defend itself and repel its attackers. So anyone who takes part in a war of aggression on the side of the aggressor, including those who provide the means, money or materials for the commission of the crime, commits the world's worst crimes and is liable for arrest and prosecution for complicity in murder, war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide.


In 1945, the British government signed and ratified the UN Charter, agreeing on behalf of the British people never to wage war, never to threaten or use force, never to harm or kill people because of their nationality, never to interfere in another nations’ affairs, to respect human rights, uphold and enforce the rule of law, settle all disputes peacefully and work together for the benefit of every nation, mankind and the planet.


Unfortunately, UK and US governments never keep their word or stick to these solemn and lawfully binding agreements. It is a little-known fact that British governments have fought 28 illegal wars, causing the deaths of at least 6 million people since 1945. Since 2001, British governments have spent £1.2 trillion of taxpayers money fighting or supporting seven illegal wars against smaller, weaker, undefended nation states, killing 1.2 million adults and 600,000 children, injuring many more and driving 15,000,000 refugees into exile and destitution.


Not one of our victims was allowed to defend themselves and their families in court before they were summarily executed by order of our leaders. All this, from a nation that likes to think of itself as a civilised, law-abiding exemplar of justice, fair play and the rule of law. Nothing could be further from the truth.


So how does this apply to the collection of payment of council tax? Surely this money is used solely on local services to pay for the police schools, lighting the roads, taking away rubbish etc?


No, not at this stage. The truth is that all the money that council collects in council tax, business rates, rents, charges, fees, fines etc is paid initially into Parliament's Consolidated Fund. All our taxes go into one pot. The important facts that every taxpayer needs to know is what happens to the money next? How do the government and Parliament spend our money?


Typically they will spend it on the National Health Service, education, welfare, local government, repaying debts and 5-10% of it, 62.5 billion in 2018 is spent by the Ministry of Defence buying bombs, nuclear weapons, missiles, aircraft, tanks, submarines and ships, as well as training and deploying young men and women to conflict areas to use these weapons to attack and destroy enemy targets, but in reality, murdering and maiming thousands of innocent men, women and children as well as destroying their homes, their community infrastructure, their livelihoods, their hopes and their dreams.


In other words, Britain's taxpayers know that at least 5-10% of the money we pay in tax & fines will be used for the criminal purposes of mass murder and the genocide of innocent people in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Yemen, Palestine and other smaller, weaker states around the world - wherever our criminal leaders want to steal resources or forcefully impose our so-called democratic way of life on other people.


So next time that you are asked to pay council tax, VAT, income tax, stamp duty, vehicle tax or any other tax or fine, be aware that of every £100 you pay, you will contribute £5-£10 towards war and the genocide of another group of innocent people.


Every human being has a duty in law to refuse to obey their governments orders if those orders are manifestly illegal.


The answer to the question ‘When is it a crime to collect or pay tax?’ is ‘Whenever we know or suspect that some of our money may be used for a criminal purpose’.


So now, because we know that the government spends 5 to 10% of all its tax income on military affairs, planning to kill and then killing men, women and children, we have a legal duty to withhold all money (taxes) from public authorities in the UK, until the government obeys the law and ends its wars and killings and all preparations for wars.


Only when our wars and war crimes have stopped, when Parliament and the US Congress are acting in full accordance with the UN Charter and the UN Declaration on Principles of International Law and the political, civil, judicial and military leaders responsible for starting the wars and murdering thousands of innocent men, women and children have been arrested and prosecuted for their crimes, can we lawfully recommence the collection and payment of taxes.


So now, it's down to each of us. To illegally pay or lawfully withhold tax. The choice is ours.

Lawful Tax Resistance

Chris Coverdale, a peace activist, explains the lawful duty to withhold tax

History shows us that the most effective form of resistance to corrupt Government is tax rebellion. Magna Carta, the founding of the United States of America, Indian independence, the end of the Vietnam War and the repeal of the poll tax all came about as a result of tax rebellions – the refusal of the people to pay tax.

Without citizens’ money Governments are powerless.

Today taxpayers have an historic opportunity to engage in lawful tax rebellion. For the first time in history demanding, collecting or paying taxes are criminal offences against both international and domestic law. Under the laws of war, citizens are forbidden from taking part in warfare on the side of an aggressor and they are legally bound to disobey their Government’s orders to support, fund or take part in war or its preparation.

The very essence of the Charter is that individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience imposed by the individual State. He who violates the laws of war cannot obtain immunity while acting in pursuance of the authority of the State, if the State, in authorising action, moves outside its competence under international law. (3)

This legal duty to refuse to obey manifestly illegal Government orders, includes tax demands. If a government uses money raised by taxation to wage illegal war or to attack and kill civilians, then under international and domestic law the taxpayer’s normal duty to pay tax is reversed and becomes a duty to withhold tax until their Government obeys and enforces the law.

Each of the wars fought supported or funded by Britain since 2001, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Palestine, the Yemen and the Ukraine, was and is illegal, and taking part in such a war on the side of the aggressor States constitutes five of the worst crimes known to mankind – murder, war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and a crime against peace.

Not only does the illegal use of armed force violate the Treaty for the Renunciation of War 1928, the UN Charter 1945 and the UN Declaration on Principles of International Law 1970, but by taking part in the killing of 1.4M adults and 600,000 children, leaders and taxpayers of UK, NATO and ISAF States committed the criminal offences of complicity in murder, war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and crimes against peace in breach of the Nuremburg Principles and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Courts.

Under international and domestic law, every citizen of a government involved in these 21st century wars on the side of the aggressor States who has paid tax knowing that some of the money will finance warfare, is technically an accessory to the war crimes committed by their Government and is criminally liable for prosecution and punishment for complicity
in their leaders’ crimes.

Terrorism Act 2000 section 17:

A person commits an offence if he enters into, or becomes concerned in an arrangement, as a result of which, money or other property is made available or is to be made available to another, and he knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that it will or may be used for the purposes of terrorism.

Terrorism = the use of firearms or explosives endangering life for a political cause.

It is important to note however that legislators provided relief for taxpayers who were deceived into believing that the wars and the actions of their government were legal. Providing we end our involvement in warfare immediately and withhold all taxes from our government and its agents we will not be punished for paying tax and funding the illegal
wars and war crimes.

Taxpayers can prove that they have completely and voluntarily abandoned their support for the crimes of their government by diverting their taxes into a Taxation Trust account held by independent trustees. The funds in a taxation trust account cannot be released to tax collectors until the terms and conditions of the Trust are met in full. In this case, because our leaders and Governments have broken the laws of war, the terms of the Trust Deed must be set to ensure that taxes are not handed over until such time as the Government obeys and enforces the law, ends its participation in war and mass murder, recalls all military forces to their home bases and starts criminal proceedings against those leaders responsible for the wars and war crimes.

I’m often asked whether taxpayers can be prosecuted for withholding their taxes. The answer is “No”, you are upholding and obeying the laws against funding murder, terrorism, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. If you have paid your taxes into a properly constituted Trust and the tax collector has received a copy of the Trust Deed and the lawful redemption criteria it contains, you have paid your tax and you can’t be prosecuted for not paying it.


However, you could be prosecuted as an  accessory to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide if you continue to pay tax knowing that some of your money will be used by the Government to fund its wars and the murder of innocent men women and children. If you continue to pay taxes, such as income tax, council tax, vehicle tax, VAT, PAYE or corporation tax, or make payments or repay loans to the Government after you’ve been warned that it is a criminal offence to do so, and if our law enforcement authorities enforce the law rather than enforcing government crimes, you could be prosecuted as an accessory to our leaders’ crimes.

By engaging in lawful tax resistance and diverting taxes into trust accounts, taxpayers regain control over their money, their Government and the law. Without the support and consent of the people Governments are powerless.


No longer can they use taxpayers’ funds to wage unlawful wars, murder civilians, bail out the banks, finance fatal toxic inoculation campaigns or support the rich at the expense of the poor. By diverting tax payments into trust accounts we can force our political, civil, judicial and military leaders out of office and into court. By using the law to force Governments to obey the law we engage in a civil obedience campaign.

Tax rebellion is the single most effective non-violent way of forcing governments to obey the laws of war, but it only succeeds when thousands take part. If most taxpayers continue to pay tax then Governments will continue to wage illegal
war. So it is down to each of us to end the carnage. If you want to uphold the law, stop the wars and end the killing, then withhold tax. If you want the wars and the killing to continue, then continue paying tax – the choice is yours.


“War is essentially an evil thing. Its consequences are not confined to the belligerent states alone, but affect the whole world. To initiate a war of aggression therefore, is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

Nuremburg War Crimes Tribunal 1946

If leaders and taxpayers obey the law, nation States can never wage war.

Chris Coverdale

Make War History

October 2023

1 The Nuremberg Principles 1950, The International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the Terrorism Act 2000, the International Criminal Court Act 2001 and the International Criminal Court [Scotland] Act 2001.
2 The Judgement of the Nuremburg War Crimes Tribunal
3 Nuremburg War Crimes Tribunal 1946
4 UN General Assembly Resolution 2625 (1970).

5 US citizens cannot be prosecuted under the Rome Statute but can be prosecuted for genocide under the

Proxmire Act 1988.
6 Article 2 of the Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism
7 Sections 15 – 17 Terrorism Act 2000
8 Summary of the definition of Terrorism from section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2000
9 Article 25.3(f) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court states “a person who abandons the effort to commit the crime or otherwise prevents the completion of the crime shall not be liable for punishment under this Statute for the attempt to commit that crime if that person completely and voluntarily gave up the criminal purpose.”

Ten employees who have their tax deducted at source should give a copy of this article to their employer and ask them to pay all tax payments, including PAYE and NI deductions, into a taxation trust or escrow account. Remind them that should they fail to do so the company directors and business managers will be criminally liable as accessories to war crime.

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