Heard on the radio today that Austin is going to give 3 million dollars as an incentive to HP so that they’ll graciously relocate here. Oh, I know, they aren’t actually giving anything. They’re offering incentives (rebates on taxes) and I’m sure you and I won’t even notice that HP (the multi-national corporation) isn’t paying the same property taxes that us working stiffs are.
Why should we care when we as living, existing entities with limited time in this world are stolen from on a daily basis while a corporation with no real existence and no limit on their lifespan (profitable or not) gets a free pass for 10 years (about a quarter of the average persons working life) and has potentially centuries to make however many millions it is destined to make.
So, to get to the point, when are taxes not theft?
When the tax is levied on an legal entity that has no physical being to maintain. When the tax is levied on creatures of law that have no existence outside of law; if the cost of maintaining it’s existence is the maintenance of government and law, can any cost be considered ‘unreasonable’? Can any cost short of self destruction be considered theft since the alternative is for them to cease to exist?
Taxes levied on creatures of the state cannot be ruled theft. Corporations and other creatures of law, government sheltered businesses of any kind, should carry the burden of government since they owe their very existence to government in the first place, and would have no ability to continue in existence without it.
In my opinion, this is the answer to the age old question of how to fund government. Let those who profit from it, those who would have no existence with out it, pay for it. Starting with corporations like HP.
TL;DR? Taxes are never theft. Showing up on your property and taking your stuff is theft and neither governments nor any other person should be allowed to do that even if you don’t pay your taxes. People have to have a place to live, a method of transport and sustenance. However, currency belongs to everyone who uses it and currency does require oversight in order for it to be utilizable by everyone. Crouch in your hovel and refuse to deal in money if you don’t want to participate in society. If you do want to participate, be prepared to pay your way through society including paying your taxes.