Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Taxing Virtue

Well, I've heard of sin taxes, but the Germans have now decided to tax virtue: you have no right to join a church unless you pay the church tax. Perhaps this was adopted on the theory that society ought to tax things it wants less of, like cigarette smoking and greenhouse gases. In France, however, a church tax wouldn't net much revenue. A tax on unauthorized use of the imperfect of the subjunctive might do better.

1 comment:

martinned said...

Actually, they already had the church tax. That's how churches are financed in Germany; everyone who is a registered member of a church pays a little extra in their income tax, and that money goes to the church in question. The problem is that people might have themselves removed from the church's membership registry in order to avoid the tax yet attend the service anyway.