Is tax the price we pay for a civilised society?



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Tax avoidance and evasion have been puncturing the public consciousness more and more in recent years, culminating in the Panama Papers and the massive tax bill Apple has found itself slapped with in Ireland, an EU ruling it is appealing this week. For many multinational corporations, tax planning is not only a legitimate activity, but a responsibility to their shareholders. Some, on the libertarian end of the spectrum, go so far as to say taxation is theft. But many in civil society point to education, healthcare, transport, infrastructure and the safety and stability provided by police forces to argue that tax is the price we must pay for a civilised society. 

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