FFF.org | For years, the IRS has proclaimed that the great virtue of America’s tax system is that it’s voluntary. How does the IRS define “voluntary”? It says that the tax is voluntary because everyone computes his own income tax liability and sends the amount owed to the government. In other words, if the government calculated the tax liability for the citizenry, the tax would be involuntary. But since the people themselves are permitted to compute the liability, the tax is voluntary.
One can only wonder, of course, how many public-school-trained Americans believe this nonsense. The truth is that the income tax is no more voluntary than the military draft. If you fail or refuse to pay, they will seize you, fine you, jail you, or in the worst case, kill you, just as they do if you refuse to comply with a military draft.
And this is the true reason that people troop down to the post office and dutifully deposit those returns and checks.
Of course, an IRS official would respond, “You have a choice, and that’s what makes the tax voluntary. You can choose to pay the tax or you can choose to go to jail. No one forces you to choose to pay the tax, and so it’s voluntary.”
But the choice between two evils does not convert the choice of one of them into a voluntary act. It is instead a choice between two coerced options. Read Entire Article
By Jacob Hornberger