Karl Meyer (activist)

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Karl Meyer (born 1937) is an American pacifist, activist, Catholic Worker and tax resister. He is the son of William H. Meyer, a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Vermont. He is the founder of the Nashville Greenlands Catholic Worker community in Nashville, Tennessee. Meyer no longer considers himself a Catholic[citation needed], but a Catholic worker. He is quoted as once "trying to be an American Gandhi"[citation needed].

In 1984, he defied the IRS's "frivolous filing" penalty by filing what the agency considered to be a "frivolous" return every day that year. He was assessed $140,000 in penalties, of which the IRS was only able to recover a little more than $1,000. He coined the name "cabbage patch resistance" for this technique, naming it after the then-popular Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, that, like his daily returns, were each a little different.[1]


  1. ^ Gross, David M. (2014). 99 Tactics of Successful Tax Resistance Campaigns. Picket Line Press. p. 123. ISBN 978-1490572741. 

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