From Prof David Mackay's web page: How to avoid paying for war
This page was on Prof Mackay's website in 2007 - prominently linked from his home page.
The full text is as follows:
Peace Tax Return
Declare your conscientious objection to paying taxes for war with the new 2005 Peace Tax Return
is not an official Inland Revenue form but we believe it should be one
page of the official Inland Revenue Tax Return - we've even designed it
for them! If you object you should make a declaration every financial
year by completeing a Peace Tax Return. Print it out, fill it in and
post it today.
form is for anyone with a moral or religious objection to military
spending, on grounds of conscience, who wishes to declare their
objection to the UK Government. It is suitable for employed and
unemployed people, students, pensioners, in fact everyone who objects
to paying for war.
Everyone pays tax -
VAT, fuel/alcohol/tobacco/vehicle tax as well as income tax etc.- so
anyone can complete a Peace Tax Return who objects to paying for the
military on grounds of conscience. If you object, download a PTR now
and tell the Government how you feel.
A PTR is a one-page form which we believe should be just one page of
the official Inland Revenue Tax Return. Many people in the UK already
complete an official Tax Return from Inland Revenue - usually the
self-employed and people who have some taxable earnings not already
taxed at source via PAYE.
Conscientious objectors to war should be able to legally declare their
objection to paying tax for military purposes in their Tax Return.
Their tax code should then be altered to reflect this and they would be
secure in the knowledge that Inland Revenue will divert the percentage
of tax that they usually pay to the military to a Non-Military Security
conscience believes that this system is not too taxing for Inland Revenue to manage and nedd not be expensive to administer.
How to fill in your Peace Tax Return
Download the PTR. The form is in two parts - Part A and Part B. You should complete EITHER Part A OR Part B.
Instructions for Part A
Part A is for those people who are taxed at source (i.e. those people
who do not complete a Tax Return from Inland Revenue). If you pay
income tax under the PAYE system, or pay no income tax at all because
you are unemployed, you should complete this part.
Part A is also for those people whose income tax is self-assessed (i.e.
those people who do complete a Tax Return from Inland Revenue) but do
not wish to try to withhold or divert the part of their taxes that
contribute to military spending.
After signing and dating the declaration in Part A you should post the form to:
Part B is for those people whose tax is self-assessed (i.e. those
people who complete a Tax Return from Inland Revenue) and whose
conscience directs them to withhold or divert the part of their taxes
that contribute to military spending.
note that withholding or diverting taxes due is likely to incur
financial costs and may result in legal action being taken against you.
To make the Peace Tax Return a formal part of your official Inland
Revenue Tax Return you should make reference to your declaration of
conscientious objection in the 'Additional information' box on Page 9
of your Inland Revenue Tax Return by inserting the words "Please see
attached declaration of conscientious objection to military taxes" or
After signing and dating the declaration in Part B you should post the
form to your tax office with your Inland Revenue Tax Return.