Civil Government

Civil Government

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...the property, it will fall to the state. States and cities also derive revenue from license fees collected from saloon keepers, peddlers, and others. In some districts a poll tax or head tax is levied. This is quite usual in country districts, where such a tax may be worked off in road building or other public work. Direct Taxes.--You will see that most of the taxes collected by the states and local units are direct, that is, they are paid directly by the person taxed. In direct taxes one is always sure of the amount he is paying, while he can never have this certainty in the matter of indirect taxes. Whenever one buys cloth, or chinaware, or jewelry, the price may include a larger or smaller import duty paid to the federal government. It would be difficult or impossible to determine the amount. But there can be no doubt about the amount of money paid in taxes for a house and lot which one owns. That amount is definite. For this reason it has often been said that it is better for a free nation to have as much as possible of its taxation direct. In that case the citizens know exactly what the government costs them, and they will attend more carefully to the expenditures. They will see to it that useless outlays are avoided. We see this result to-day in our own country. Everybody is willing to have the federal government spend money in large amounts, because no one knows how much he contributes toward this expense. We are far more saving in our city and state governments, because in these cases the amount of our tax is definitely known, and each citizen is aware of what the government costs him. Cost of Government.--The expenses of the government have increased very much in recent years. Many of the activities of government which we have described...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236665252
  • 9781236665256