When Parliament enacted two new laws[1] it made it a criminal offence for a person to ask for, receive or provide money knowing or suspecting that [some of] it may be used for the purposes of terrorism or war.

As the law defines terrorism as the use of firearms or explosives endangering life for a political cause, and the Supreme Court has stated[2] that the definition would appear to extend to military activity aimed at bringing down a foreign government, even where that activity is approved by the UK government” and the UK Government uses money raised by taxation to pay HM forces to use high-explosive weapons and firearms to endanger and take lives in Iraq and Syria, and there is nothing in the legislation excluding tax from the crimes, it is clear that collecting or paying tax while HM Government uses some of the money for the purposes of terrorism or war is a criminal offence.

British troops Afghanistan
British troops in action in Afghanistan. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA

Under no circumstances am I willing to commit a crime or take part in funding the purchase or use of weapons or firearms that endanger or take the lives of men women and children.

I have paid your bill but have deducted and withheld the VAT on the grounds that it is a criminal offence in Britain to demand it, collect it or pay it.

Please give this form, which I have duly signed and dated, to HM Revenue & Customs with your VAT return, and inform them that your customer is withholding VAT payments until an international court confirms that Parliament and HM Government are acting in full accord with the laws of war and peace[3] and the payment of tax does not constitute crimes of fundraising for the purposes of terrorism or conduct ancillary to war crimes.


VAT deducted £ _____.___  Customer’s name ____________________________


Customers signature _________________________           Date ____/____/ 2017


[1] Sections 15 – 18 Terrorism Act 2000, s.52 International Criminal Court Act 2001, Article 2 International Criminal Court [Scotland] Act 2001

[2] Regina ‘v’ Gul UKSC 64 (2013) paragraphs 26 – 29

[3] UN Charter, UN Declaration on Principles of International Law, Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Nuremburg Principles.


Q. Will I get into trouble if I don’t pay the VAT?

A. NO. But you could get into trouble if you pay the VAT. Remember, YOU HAVE THE LAW ON YOUR SIDE. Because it is a crime to pay money to a person if it is used for purposes of terrorism or war, and you know that the Government uses tax to fund its wars, injuring and killing innocent men, women and children, you have a duty in law to withhold tax payments until a court confirms that all illegal military activity in the UK has ended and PAYING TAX IS NOT AN OFFENCE against the laws governing the funding of war or terrorism.

Q. Will I get into trouble if I don’t pay the bill?

 A. YES. You must always pay for your purchases. Failure to pay for goods or services you have purchased is theft, so pay for everything that you’ve bought but DO NOT PAY THE VAT. The retailer or business should be delighted to have made a sale and will be keen to have your repeat business in future.

If the shopkeeper, owner or manager of the business refuses to accept these facts or this argument and threatens to call the police remind him or her that:


  • You have paid for your purchase and because they’ve lost nothing you have done nothing wrong and cannot be arrested or detained by the police.


  • All that you are asking them to do is to pass on evidence to HMR&C that you are lawfully withholding VAT. If HMR&C wish to claim the unpaid tax then they must prove that its payment is LEGAL and IS NOT AN OFFENCE.


  • By collecting VAT and paying it to the Government knowing that it will use some of the money to support illegal wars, he or she is committing serious crimes and is liable for punishment (i) for fundraising for the purposes of terrorism under sections 15 and 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and (ii) as an accessory to war crimes under section 52 of the International Criminal Court Act 2001 and Article 25 of the Rome Statute of the ICC.


Chris Coverdale              Make Wars History                May 2017

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