The Taxpayers originated in 2007 in Portland, Oregon. Originally a three-piece guitar/bass/drum combination, the band incorporates accordion, horns, piano, harmonica, and other instruments during recording sessions. Currently they perform live with anywhere from two to eight members.
They are known for strongly supporting the DIY punk ethic. Booking their own shows, printing their own merchandise, printing CD's from scrap material, and including hand-written notes and other gifts in every CD they send out. The Taxpayers also operate their own "record label": Useless State.