“I won’t pay taxes for killing…”

As April 15 approaches, some people will write their checks feeling as if the money they pay will be spent by the government to pay for things that directly contradict their beliefs.

This tax week’s videos were originally part of THE 90’s TV series, seen on TV in 1991 and 1992. The first segment is about a Massachusetts couple who file their tax returns, but give the money to charities—for disabled veterans and for local needs. The husband is serving time for tax evasion. The second segment is about 82-year old Wally Nelson, who was a conscientious objector during World War II and who didn’t pay any taxes in the 43 years that followed. The videos were produced by Robbie Leppzer.


Watch the full episodes of The 90’s that included these segments (“Money, Money, Money” and “American Way”) at Media Burn.


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SAVE THE DATE! Let’s Get Working: Chicago Celebrates Studs Terkel is May 9-11 at the University of Chicago. The entire weekend features programming inspired by and dedicated to Studs Terkel, including screenings of lots of materials from the archive and talks by Sara Chapman and Tom Weinberg. Stay tuned for more info!

 

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