posted on Feb, 28 2007 @ 11:10 AM
Trading and bartering isn't tax evasion, as long as you aren't making any materially significant gains (such as trading a car for a house, you
obviously profit from the trade). If you are trading things that are approximately equal, or that have a rather subjective value, then there is
nothing the government can say is wrong.
Plus the majority of your tax is on what you EARN through income tax, not so much through GST on purchases. If you had your whole salary in barter and
were given $10,000 worth of food per year, then you would be evading tax. But what would you pay it with if all you have is food anyway?
I think I would be rather good at bartering. I can judge the value of something fairly well. Also, once you know that someone desperately needs
something, you can make them give you more in return for it.
If things descend back into a barter system, you're going to have a lot worse things to worry about than the government. Like just defending and
safeguarding your possessions, for example.
[edit on 28-2-2007 by Yarcofin]