Ok, here’s the situation.
I’ve been arguing back and forth with a guy who claims there is no need for any kind of income tax. His claims are that the income tax accounts for only a small percentage of the government budget (in the US) and that the government could still function with most of its full services. With the exception, of course, of a few programs such as social security and medicare which apparently are an affront to all the founding fathers wanted.
I have no idea how much the US gov’t pulls in from other sources of revenue: property taxes, import tax, and the like. So what would happen without an income tax? Would society crumble? be much worse off?