Much had been, will be and can be said about tax evasion. One point is that there is an obvious link between paying taxes and civilisation, which, if turned around, demands to conclude that those who evade paying taxes, and of course especially those who do it on a lagre scale for personal enrichment, are simply uncivilised people. A link that is also confirmed as being “legally relevant”, even the US-law considering in some way civilisation as legal(ly relevant) issue. the issue in question had been raised by judge Holmes, in the case
Compania General de Tabacos v. Collector, 275 U.S. 87 (1927) – Compania General de Tabacos de Filipinas v. Collector of Internal Revenue (U.S. Supreme Court, No. 42, Argued October 18, 19, 1927, Decided November 21, 1927, 275 U.S. 87)
Holmes stated there that
Taxes are what we pay for civilized society, including the chance to insure.
The Quote Investigator came up with several other occasions and perspectives on bringing up this link between civilisation and payment of taxes.
And it is surely worrying then to see how many uncivilised people are occupying positions not only in big business it also in governments and national and international governing and governance bodies. However, mind ….