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Taxation, Morality of
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Taxation means the paying of money according to law for the support of government, or the levying of such payments. Tax laws range from municipal ordinances to the decrees of the supreme authority.

1. Authentic and false response. Response to taxation is commonly minimal compliance, if not outright refusal. Such a response is value-blind, understandable though not excusable. Tax structures are so complex that paying taxes has become totally impersonal, e.g., the routine filling of an income tax report. The citizen sees tax law as a…

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Robert H. Springer, “Taxation, Morality of”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 04 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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