My view on taxes are simple. If they are not apportioned or if they are a direct tax as the constitution sets forth, said tax is unconstitutional therefore it is theft. Taking money out of my paycheck without my consent is theft. According to Wiki, "theft is the illegal taking of another person's property without that person's freely-given consent". I don't freely consent to give up my money, they threaten me with liens and other bullshit and still take it. That is the exact definition of theft. A legal tax would be one that is not direct and that I willfully give. For example a sales tax. I'm not forced to pay that tax, but I can choose when and where I buy goods and services. The reason I made this thread is simple really. The state of Maryland still says I owe them $800 bucks in back taxes. I say I don't, but they still are going to take it from me regardless of the evidence I set forth. To me that is theft. To me taxes are restrictions on freedom because they take what is lawfully mine and spend it on crap that I would never spend my money on. My freedom to spend that $800 dollars on what I see fit is now gone because Maryland wants to take it. We already have taxes for public service. Gas taxes pay for the roads and highways, sales tax goes towards public utilities, corporate income tax pays for the military, your property tax pays for schools and police, there are lotteries in each state that pay for infrastructure and welfare etc... (EDIT: Just to clarify, I have no issue with these taxes as they are apportioned and are indirect) why do they have a personal income tax? To me it is simple theft to control you. In your opinion, does the INCOME tax = theft?