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Is taxation theft?

Taxes have been raised for over 5,000 years. Without tax, so it claims, the state cannot maintain its functions and support its citizens. But some libertarians claim all taxation is immoral: the state stealing the money of the individual. Where does taxation cross the line between legitimate representation and legal plunder?

No, taxation is not theft.

Taxation is in sync with democratic principles.

Not according to Social Contract Theory

When we as citizens elect our officials, we are entering a social contract with them and entrusting them with running our society. Them choosing to tax us is not thievery because we willingly give them the power to do so. Explore

Pre-tax income does not belong to the taxpayer

If pre-tax income is owed to the state, then giving a fraction of that sum to the government cannot be seen as a "theft." Explore

Tax is an equalizing force, not a theft

Taxation is a method to promote equality and maintain justice in a society rather than being a perpetrator of it. Explore

Taxation as theft is question-begging

The question itself assumes the truth of the conclusion instead of supporting it.

Taxes determine incomes, not make up a part of them

In understanding the true meaning of gross market income and government institutions, taxes are no longer a sum that is taken away from a share of income. Explore

Yes, taxation is theft

Taxation is an unjust practice that does not yield the rewards it promises.

The government has no right to tax

The government does not possess rights that the citizenry does not possess itself, yet it acts upon them without punishable consequences. Explore

Taxation is legal plunder

Taxation is an exchange, and when this exchange is coerced, taxpayers shell out money for services they do not desire. Explore
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