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It's time for a witch-hunt

brian_eggleston
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5/12/2011 12:52:09 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Tax evaders cost Western governments trillions of dollars every year. If these moneyed miscreants paid their fair share in tax, governments would be able to reduce the burden of taxation on those law-abiding citizens who duly pay their taxes in full and on time: people like me and, I trust, my fellow DDO members.

In effect, what these affluent offenders are doing when they dodge their taxes is stealing your money. You could be spending that money on yourself and your family, but instead it's being used to fund the lavish lifestyles of filthy-rich fraudsters.

This has outrageous redistribution of wealth from the honest to the dishonest has got to stop and, with government co-operation, you and your fellow citizens could put a stop this villainy.

It's time for a witch-hunt.

With the incentive of 25% of the money recovered from tax-dodgers going to the person or persons who helped bring them to justice; tax-evaders will be hunted down like pigs, be brought before the courts and squeezed until their pips squeak.

So, would you be prepared to grass a family member, or a friend, or a colleague up to the taxman if you knew they were on the fiddle? You'd be reluctant, I'm sure, but what if you knew that someone else suspected them and that they would claim the multi-million dollar reward if they squealed on them first?

You see, tax-dodgers wouldn't be able to trust anybody – and they'd always be looking over their shoulders because there would be people making money, like bounty hunters do, infiltrating golf clubs; chambers of commerce; business fraternities and other organisations that attract wealthy patrons, gathering evidence on suspected tax evaders.

For many wealthy tax-dodgers, the money they save in defrauding the government, and by extension, their fellow citizens, will no longer be worth the biscuit.

The remainder should know that with so many people hunting them down it will only be a matter of time before they are caught and held to account for their crimes.

This could be a witch-hunt that Senator Joseph McCarthy would have been jealous of. Let's do it!
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Thaddeus
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5/13/2011 7:58:08 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 5/13/2011 7:57:13 AM, Thaddeus wrote:
I wouldn't hunt anyone down for going as fast as they could without speeding.

Who am I kidding? I'd probably hunt anyone down.
tvellalott
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5/13/2011 8:04:55 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
As a tax-paying individual, I say YAY!
As an anarchist, I say FVCK THE GOVERNMENT!!!

So I'm torn Brian.. perhaps a flaming torch in one hand and a Banksy-style protest sign in the other?
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Kinesis
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5/13/2011 10:21:54 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
The site is currently filled with Libertarians and anarchists. If anything, most people here would cheer tax evaders on.
LaissezFaire
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5/13/2011 10:35:59 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
If I set up a security system at my house to protect myself from burglars, that might make those burglars more likely to go after my neighbors, who aren't protected as well. Does doing this mean that I'm stealing from my neighbors, by not accepting my "fair share" of crime?
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5/13/2011 10:52:48 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 5/13/2011 10:35:59 AM, LaissezFaire wrote:
If I set up a security system at my house to protect myself from burglars, that might make those burglars more likely to go after my neighbors, who aren't protected as well. Does doing this mean that I'm stealing from my neighbors, by not accepting my "fair share" of crime?

There is no "fair share" of crime.
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5/13/2011 11:12:06 AM
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The United States already has a very substantial bounty system for reporting tax cheats, and it's used to collect a substantial amount of revenue. People are eager to report their neighbors to collect rewards, and some charge that this leads to a lot off false reports. People tend not to know how their neighbors really get money, let alone how much they pay in taxes. Sometimes cheats draw attention to themselves by living conspicuously extravagant lifestyles. They claim to be a gardener, but live a lifestyle that only could be afforded by a union plumber. Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion, having an income of $100 million with the claimed occupation of "used furniture dealer."

While there is illegal tax evasion, I think most of your complaint has to do with tax loopholes. Loopholes are established by Congress in order to get people to spend their money on things that make no economic sense on their own merits. Loopholes are a way of implementing socialism by economic incentive. The government rewards people for doing any number of foolish things like building windmills or buying homes they cannot afford, in order to achieve what government deems good.

A flax tax with high personal exemption solves that problem. A flat tax of 22% with a $39K personal exemption is claimed to provide revenue equal to our present system. Americans spend an estimated $500 billion a year on tax preparation in order to pay $2200 billion in taxes. The $500 billion is not counted as a tax, but it is an equivalent non-productive drain on the economy.
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5/13/2011 11:21:17 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 5/13/2011 10:52:48 AM, OreEle wrote:
At 5/13/2011 10:35:59 AM, LaissezFaire wrote:
If I set up a security system at my house to protect myself from burglars, that might make those burglars more likely to go after my neighbors, who aren't protected as well. Does doing this mean that I'm stealing from my neighbors, by not accepting my "fair share" of crime?

There is no "fair share" of crime.

Exactly.
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: At 6/22/2011 6:57:23 PM, el-badgero wrote:
: i didn't like [Obama]. he was the only black dude in moneygall yet he claimed to be home. obvious liar is obvious liar. i bet him and bin laden are bumfvcking right now.
brian_eggleston
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5/13/2011 1:16:53 PM
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At 5/13/2011 11:12:06 AM, RoyLatham wrote:
The United States already has a very substantial bounty system for reporting tax cheats, and it's used to collect a substantial amount of revenue. People are eager to report their neighbors to collect rewards, and some charge that this leads to a lot off false reports. People tend not to know how their neighbors really get money, let alone how much they pay in taxes. Sometimes cheats draw attention to themselves by living conspicuously extravagant lifestyles. They claim to be a gardener, but live a lifestyle that only could be afforded by a union plumber. Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion, having an income of $100 million with the claimed occupation of "used furniture dealer."

Interesting, I didn't realise that. We should adopt that system here in Britain.
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