The ‘Taxation Is Theft’ Meme Has Officially Gone Mainstream

(ANTIMEDIA Op-Ed) The month of April is a nightmare for anyone with a conscience, as we only have until “tax day” — which usually falls on April 15 — to give the taxman what he says he deserves. So if you pay taxes to Uncle Sam and you’re also aware you’re paying for mass murder in the Middle East and in U.S. streets due to the drug war, you should also feel sick to your stomach as you write that check.

To a restaurant customer, this may have served as enough incentive to remind his server that taxation is always immoral — but he didn’t stop there.

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Last week, a customer at a Missouri restaurant gave the waitress a “personal gift” instead of a tip, writing the now popular line “Taxation is theft” in the tip section of the receipt.

In a second note, the fiscally conscious customer added:

This is not a tip. This is a personal gift and not subject to federal or state income taxes.”

The Libertarian way to leave a “tip” from pics

With major progressive news outlets like ATTN: reporting on this story, left-leaning reporters started to debate wages in the food and service industries, discussing the fact that tips end up being factored as wages, meaning they are always taxable.

But as that discussion developed, reporters were quick to realize that when personal gifts are in the mix, the taxman can’t take part of those earnings away. After all, a gift would have to exceed $13,000 to be subject to taxation, meaning that even if the customer had spent hundreds, the “personal gift” would not amount to anything close to the requirements stipulated by the IRS.

With that, ladies and gentlemen, it becomes easier to not only tip with class, but also with substance, giving your waiter a lesson on what’s moral and how to legally go around the rules to make sure they enjoy their full tip — not just the percentage deemed to be fit by the federal government.

As this story becomes part of the popular movement ignited by libertarians, expect to see more progressive news outlets becoming familiarized with the actual concept of taxation. What’s left for us to find out is if they are going to change their tune and start attacking people like this customer when the two-party pendulum swings once again and a fully Democratic slate takes over Washington.

Are they going to remain consistent in discussing taxation from the point of view of the worker, or are they going to side with the leech?

Only time will tell.

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  • Peter Kallman

    Thank you so much for linking to my FEE article Alice! Such a good look. I believe the most important thing is that we all start talking more with others about WHY we do this. The more openly people discuss how taxation is a fraud & stealing from society, the quicker we will all feel comfortable addressing it & abolishing it, the sooner we will be free.

  • Valli Weidemann

    If you don’t want to pay taxes then you don’t want to use public roads, libraries, schools, fire departments, police departments, state and city parks, animal control services, meals on wheels, social security, Medicare, Medicaid, planned patenthood, the ACA, garbage collection, sewage treatment, sewers, subsidized farming, etc, etc. And i guess you also never want stuff like Medicare for all, national solar energy program, new infrastructure, industrial hemp production, etc, etc. There is nothing inherently wrong with taxs, is the misappropriation of them thats the problem! OUR money should be spent on US!

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    • Dennis Dunham

      Valli you are incorrect! I do pay my taxes ! That has nothing to do with roads/ schools/ fire department etc , those fees are generated from SDC fees from building permits! For example; a typical house in Pacific Nw say 350,000 – building permits are about 1,300 dollars, the 38,000 fee – 1,300 permits that includes structural- mechanical- plumbing- electrical and plan review!!! The rest is SDC fees total exstortion !! Like in my city and being senior building inspector I am totally aware of the city government and their clever financials, that is why most admin are attorneys..;-) perhaps that is why every police man has a new Dodge Challenger with new laptops !! This is only one example all paid by the builder, then passed down to the new owner with interest!!!