Why tax? Are taxes truly "what we pay for [a] civilized society?" Or, are taxes merely collected "to pay for the responsibilities we have assigned to our [g]overnment?" Despite the debate that might erupt over whether the implementation of responsible government is synonymous with the promotion of civilized society, all entities need money to operate. The government is no different. So, while the initial answer to the opening question is simple, it only begs the more serious of inquiries; the government having the power to tax, so, what shall be taxed?
David J. DePippo,
I'll Take My Sin Taxes Unwrapped and Maximized, with a Side of Inelasticity, Please,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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