Re: When Taxation Might be Necessary

Date: Thu Aug 02 2001 - 10:52:38 MDT said:
> Here in the US, the income tax, which was first instituted for the
> civil war, then for WWI funding, was always, and is today, a voluntary
> system for most people [...]

Since I'm the author of the SSN FAQ, I have people telling me this all the
time. Do you know of anyone who has won this point in court? I claim that
the government enforces the tax laws using courts, police, and jailing
people who fail to comply. In what sense is it voluntary? Perhaps you
mean (as some of the people who write to me say) that the IRS and the
courts are misinterpreting the law. That's still the way they enforce it
as far as I can tell.


Chris Hibbert                 Libertarians are to Freedom what            Quakers are to Peace.   --John Stewart

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