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Comment: Maybe some clarification ...

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Maybe some clarification ...

Your argument is that sales tax cannot be theft because the purchaser is voluntarily engaging in a transaction.

What Josh is trying to point out is that the seller has no choice in whether or not they can charge this tax. The government will demand what they see as "their cut" either way.

You may see this as acceptable because that's just a requirement for anyone who wants to do business. The question is, what makes this valid? Why should the government get to determine that because I have produced a good or service I must charge my customer a percentage of the purchase to give to them?

If the seller refuses to charge the tax, it comes out of his bottom line. If he doesn't like it his only other option is to stop doing business. The business owner has no choice but to comply. It's coercion.

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