View Poll Results: What is the most important goal of tax collection?

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  • Collect necessary revenue in such a way as to maximize growth

    11 68.75%
  • Collect necesssary revenue in such a way as to incentivize positive behaviors

    3 18.75%
  • Collect revenue in such a way as to redistribute wealth

    2 12.50%
  • Collect revenue in such a way as to minimize wage disparity

    0 0%
  • Collect Revenue from certain groups and not from others

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    Re: What is the purpose of taxation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    You missed another option - Collect necessary revenue needed without concentrating so much wealth at the top that it adversely affects the ability of middle class consumers to be consumers which is necessary for a prosperous economy.
    that sounds like either the "wealth distribution" or "wage disparity" options.

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    Re: What is the purpose of taxation?

    All taxation is harmful. Therefore, the goal of taxation must be to collect the necessary revenue while doing the least harm and getting the most value.

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    Re: What is the purpose of taxation?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    that is assumed. however, many different tax schemes can do that - you pick which scheme based on what guides your taxation philosophy.

    claiming that taxes are for collecting revenue for government is a tautology. What should guide HOW we go about doing so?
    So you are not asking the question that you asked? Because the only purpose of taxation is to raise revenue for the government and it's programs. None of the rest is a purpose of taxation.
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    Re: What is the purpose of taxation?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    that sounds like either the "wealth distribution" or "wage disparity" options.
    Except that is neither wealth redistribution or wage disparity. It is progressive taxation.
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    Re: What is the purpose of taxation?

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeAndMirrors View Post
    None of the above.

    The first and foremost purpose of taxation is to pay for the services, functions, and operations that the society have deemed important.
    I think most people are interpreting the question wrong... from at least the way I understand it.
    I think its specifically asking about the method of tax collection not the purpose of tax itself.

    Like what is the most important method/goal of tax collection. The goal of a tax is to gain revenue, but there is also a separate goal for which method of tax collection you choose.
    like balancing wages as such to make it more "fair".
    or to structure taxes in a way to promote economic growth.
    or to structure it so white people don't have to pay taxes and all the other groups need too b/c their lazy.
    ...just a few examples from the options we were given in the poll.
    Last edited by celticwar17; 10-17-11 at 08:14 AM.

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    Re: What is the purpose of taxation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    Except that is neither wealth redistribution or wage disparity. It is progressive taxation.
    The only purpose and effect of “progressive taxation” is to take more from those at higher income levels, in order to give more to those at lower levels. How is this not “wealth redistribution”?

    It seems to me that you are playing here a dishonest semantic game, denying that a thing is one thing, by calling it by a different name which means exactly the same as the name that you deny.
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    Re: What is the purpose of taxation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Blaylock View Post
    The only purpose and effect of “progressive taxation” is to take more from those at higher income levels, in order to give more to those at lower levels. How is this not “wealth redistribution”?
    You're half right, the purpose of progressive taxation is to take more from those who earn more. How that tax is spent is completely irrelevant to how it is collected.
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    Re: What is the purpose of taxation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    So you are not asking the question that you asked? Because the only purpose of taxation is to raise revenue for the government and it's programs. None of the rest is a purpose of taxation.
    interesting. so you do not care if we have a national sales tax v a progressive income tax?

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    Re: What is the purpose of taxation?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    You're half right, the purpose of progressive taxation is to take more from those who earn more. How that tax is spent is completely irrelevant to how it is collected.
    and that is precisely why catawba is incorrect - and reducing wealth disparity is not equivalent to a progressive income tax code.

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    Re: What is the purpose of taxation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Blaylock View Post
    The only purpose and effect of “progressive taxation” is to take more from those at higher income levels, in order to give more to those at lower levels. How is this not “wealth redistribution”?
    Because the government is not taking money from the rich and giving it to those at lower levels. The government is taxing the rich more to fund the government because they derive the most benefit from the services provided by the government.

    It seems to me that you are playing here a dishonest semantic game, denying that a thing is one thing, by calling it by a different name which means exactly the same as the name that you deny.
    Based on your assumption of what progressive taxation is, I can see why you would think that.
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