Birmingham man chooses to not pay taxes

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – David Waters lives in a nice, quiet location.

He grows vegetables and works with his hands. He’s participating in what he calls a “peaceful revolution.”

However, that revolution happens to be against the law.

“I’m talking with a friend of mine, and he says, ‘You know what? You feeling the way you do, I’m surprised you still pay taxes,’ ” Waters said. “You have to pay taxes. Death and taxes. Those are two things you have to do, and he said, ‘No, you really don’t.’ ”

David is a Vietnam veteran, and he looks with sadness and horror at the violence endured by both sides in the Vietnam War. He was a special forces trooper and received two purple hearts.

He wants nothing to do with funding the government’s military efforts through his tax dollars, so he simply does not pay his taxes.

Waters isn’t proud of how he’s managed his tax situation, but he is not ashamed, either.

“If it’s just one guy not filing, then maybe I’m a nut,” he said. “If it’s five or six, then we’ve got a little committee over here. If it’s a thousand, we’ve got a movement.”

Waters knows he is committing a crime by not filing taxes, but he is not afraid of facing punishment.

“When you asked for this interview I worried about it,” Waters said. “At the same time, if you’re gonna do this then you have to be willing to take the consequences. Though I may worry about it some, I’m fully prepared.”

He knows not everyone will agree with him, and some may be angry.

Waters also knows that the life he chooses to live is the one that is right for him, and his conscience is clear.

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