NationStates Jolt Archive

no citizen tax?

Regular squirrels
26-02-2008, 03:58
Why can't we tax the populace? (The effect of Resolution #4.)
26-02-2008, 04:05
It's not that you as a nation cannot tax the public. To the contrary, the ban on taxation makes it so that the United Nations cannot collect taxes from your country.
26-02-2008, 04:19
We suspect that the author's philosophy concerned hierarchies of membership. Put simply, nations are made up of citizens; national governments are responsible to and for their citizens, so taxing them is a reasonable and natural state of affairs (all illiterate whinging about theft aside). The United Nations is made up of nations, and as such could reasonably tax its member nations to provide revenue for its services. The United Nations is only indirectly made up of the citizenry of its member nations; it is has only effect on those citizens in that it has effects upon their home nation, and it is therefore somewhat inappropriate to demand payment for services not directly received.
Regular squirrels
26-02-2008, 04:27
o...oops I misread the resolution, sorry!
26-02-2008, 06:02
o...oops I misread the resolution, sorry!

Don't worry about it, you're not the first person to make that mistake, and you probably won't be the last.

Bob Flibble
UN Representative