Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Supreme Court Justice for 30 years, once declared: “I like to pay taxes, with them I buy civilization”. After all, governments require some form of funding if they hope to provide services to society. The most common form of taxation in the modern era is income tax, with the general idea being that people contribute a certain amount of what they earn to society as a whole. While most people probably don’t particularly enjoy paying tax, only 51 percent of Americans felt that the amount of federal income tax they pay was too high in 2017. This suggests a considerable portion of citizen subscribe to the societal necessity of taxes.
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