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With taxes, as with anything - if people begin doing it repetitively it becomes a law by default so it won't change unless people stop signing w4's, and they won't because it is a law - by default - so we need to stop doing things that aren't good for us and understand our rights - before they turn into laws through complicity. Did that make sense?
reply to post by TDawgRex
The mafia does sound right. If you break it down to a fraction and say its just a town each person should contribute something to the town overall. We should do this in the US but...we should also get to vote on what it goes toward. The Internet could change government for good but it hasn't happened yet. Do we really need congress anymore? Do we need any of this? Why couldn't we just vote for everything online? I suppose that is naive but right off the top of my head it seems possible.
When the IRS employs the term "voluntary" in reference to taxes, it uses that word to describe the behavior of the taxpayer, not the tax itself. The U.S. income tax system is not predicated on the federal government's determining how much taxpayers have earned, calculating the amount of taxes they owe, and sending out bills for the amounts due. Instead, it is up to each taxpayer to volunteer his earnings information by filling out and submitting forms documenting his income, determine on his own how much tax he owes, and to make the appropriate payments. But in a legal sense, neither the filing of tax returns nor the payment of taxes owed is voluntary. Those requirements are spelled out in Title 26 of the U.S. Code, particularly Section 6151: