Re: POL: U.S. Tax Laws

Rik van Riel (
Sat, 24 Jul 1999 10:44:23 +0200 (CEST)

On Fri, 23 Jul 1999, my inner geek wrote:

> How are federal governments equiped to tax alternative incentive
> systems, such as virtual reality with direct brain stimulation?
> In this type of economy, how does an artist or teacher pay federal
> property taxes or income taxes, when the exchanges are exclusively
> experiential and private in the most sensually intimate sense?

The artist still has to eat, have a roof above her head, etc. The governmen will be taxing on those things.

Note that at the moment artists can play at any theater without being taxed over the "intellectual property" they are passing on to their spectators.

Instead, they are taxed over the money they get from the visitors, on the house they own, the fuel they buy, etc...

Rik -- Open Source: you deserve to be in control of your data.

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