Internal Revenue Service

Portrait of a Baltimore anti-Trump tax resister

Portrait of a Baltimore anti-Trump tax resister

Thirty-eight-year-old service industry worker Kesh (who asked to be identified by her first name only) didn't pay her taxes last year and she won't be paying them this year either.

Last year, it was because she didn't have the money—she faced a penalty under the Affordable Care Act for not having health insurance.

"Because I couldn't afford to pay for my insurance last year, they charged me a penalty for that—a penalty for being poor," she says during her 15-minute break at work. "They took [my refund] and charged me another 85 dollars for something else [and] I'm here having to decide whether, 'OK, well do I have lights or medicine?' And then I go with lights...

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