Is Voluntary Taxation a Viable Option?

4 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2012

Date Written: June 11, 2012


Given the strenuous resistance of Republicans to any tax increase, it would seem that voluntary taxation is the only kind they will accept. This being the case, this article examines the theory and history of voluntary taxation. While it may be viable in certain cases in small, cohesive communities, too much of what the federal government does consists of public goods that require broad-based taxation.

JEL Classification: H20, K34

Suggested Citation

Bartlett, Bruce, Is Voluntary Taxation a Viable Option? (June 11, 2012). Tax Notes, Vol. 135, No. 11, 2012, Available at SSRN: or

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