The "Taxation Is Theft" Meme Has Officially Gone Mainstream

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Alice Salles via,

The month of April is a nightmare for anyone with a conscience, as we only have until “tax day” - which usually falls on April 15 - to give the taxman what he says he deserves. So if you pay taxes to Uncle Sam and you’re also aware you’re paying for mass murder in the Middle East and in U.S. streets due to the drug war, you should also feel sick to your stomach as you write that check.

To a restaurant customer, this may have served as enough incentive to remind his server that taxation is always immoral — but he didn’t stop there.

Last week, a customer at a Missouri restaurant gave the waitress a “personal gift” instead of a tip, writing the now popular line “Taxation is theft” in the tip section of the receipt.

In a second note, the fiscally conscious customer added:

This is not a tip. This is a personal gift and not subject to federal or state income taxes.”

With major progressive news outlets like ATTN: reporting on this story, left-leaning reporters started to debate wages in the food and service industries, discussing the fact that tips end up being factored as wages, meaning they are always taxable.

But as that discussion developed, reporters were quick to realize that when personal gifts are in the mix, the taxman can’t take part of those earnings away. After all, a gift would have to exceed $13,000 to be subject to taxation, meaning that even if the customer had spent hundreds, the “personal gift” would not amount to anything close to the requirements stipulated by the IRS.

With that, ladies and gentlemen, it becomes easier to not only tip with class, but also with substance, giving your waiter a lesson on what’s moral and how to legally go around the rules to make sure they enjoy their full tip — not just the percentage deemed to be fit by the federal government.

As this story becomes part of the popular movement ignited by libertarians, expect to see more progressive news outlets becoming familiarized with the actual concept of taxation. What’s left for us to find out is if they are going to change their tune and start attacking people like this customer when the two-party pendulum swings once again and a fully Democratic slate takes over Washington.

Are they going to remain consistent in discussing taxation from the point of view of the worker, or are they going to side with the leech?

Only time will tell.

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wisefool's picture

+1000. If everyone did this they would evntually have to make the tax code something that is only 25% evil/arbitrary.

EDIT/ADDED: Taxation is theft. But the american form of taxation is a  special type of pure evil. Satan level stuff. It is permanent war provising frame work. Then we wonder why we are in permanent wars that the USA has not won any of since WWII.... And not just guns and bombs type wars.  And not just on the other side of the world.The 501c3 heglian dialectic framework is funded by billionaires like the D ark Lords minions (Soros, Clintons, etc.) to make us all hate each other domestically, even without violence.

We get on average 80 years in this mortal coil. I would say rich or poor we all spend about 1/2 a year complying with the beasts system.

Knob Creek's picture

I've been doing this for a couple of years now. The note is a nice touch I hadn't considered. I think I'll have to get business cards printed up with a similar phrase.....

(I'm too lazy to write it out everytime)

NoDecaf's picture

simple - .gov will mandate that all sales receipts include "gifts' next to the tip line.


second step will be to conflate the two in some obscure new legislation.


third step will be the public relations campaign via the MSM, that failure to declare the tiniest of gifts will mean jail time.


aka - war on cash/

Looney's picture


The customer was smart enough to use cash. A credit card payment would’ve been processed as a tip, not a “gift”. The customer’s wishes wouldn’t matter at all.

I don’t think this will take root amongst Snowflakes – very few of them actually carry cash – it’s too much work for them: finding an ATM, dealing with coins, etc.  ;-)


CH1's picture

Actually, taxation is extortion, but there's no need to split hairs.

Tyler_Durderian's picture

Chuck Norris is one hell of a Bad Ass.

He could run for governor, or President


Arnold's picture

Governors and Presidents run from him.

Odin's picture

No I insist, just the tip.

booboo's picture

Chuck Norris beat Halo 1, 2, and 3 on Legendary with a broken Guitar Hero controller.

JRobby's picture

He has that rubber band gig with Christie

Kidbuck's picture

Armed extortion at that.

Taint Boil's picture

Where have you been .... long time no see. ... i aways remember the good ones

Not to split hairs but got you beat by 2 weeks - LOL



toady's picture

We've done this forever... no note explaining what we're doing, but a wink and a nod (and a slap on the ass if the wife ain't around!) usually gets the message across... if the waitress ain't smart enough to take advantage of the tax man... well, hope she figures it out some day!

Doña K's picture

The IRS taxes monetary gifts BTW (but I think that the limit is much higher $14k)


Edit. Just read graze's note below. Sorry

Why Bother's picture

Yes I think most of us here are aware. Last I read about the gift thing elsewhere was that it's $10,000 per year per person you gift to, and it's tax-free. Maybe it's higher by now.

Somehow I don't think the waiter at that restaurant in the photo got anywhere near $10,000 in gifts this year.

kbohip's picture

Actually, this *might* be a good way to teach those milennial servers a good lesson on taxes.  By giving them a gift instead of a tip, they get to keep 100% of their income (OH THE HUMANITY!)  They may not even catch on until they get a bit older and really start figuring things out, but by showing them the way, maybe someday they too will gift instead of tip thereby helping to keep cash around.  Hey, a guy can dream can't he?

hxc's picture

I'm 26 and have been a (right) libertarian for most of my life, and a full anarchist for about ten or eleven years now.

I'd be careful before being so quick to make assumptions about people based on their age. I also live in Kalifornia and smoke weed, but i work in pretty advanced mfg technology and drive a 986. Never voted for a single leftist piece of trash (bill or human) in my life. Not everyone falls into the stereotypes the MSM brainwashes us into.

Just a little food for thought. This wasn't directed so much at you, as the general milieu of folks around here claiming "millenials" will never "get it" (that the state is purely a criminal and predatory institution).

Manthong's picture

..there might be a career for you in .gov (NSA.. CIA, NIA.. or just general killing department)

but you might not be psychopathic enough.


Manthong's picture

hxc... when you turn 35, if I am still alive, I will vote for you as President if you sign a contract with your own blood that the NSA will be abolished and the Pentagon’s budget will be reduced to under $250B.


hxc's picture

If i became president i would abolish the federal government as quickly as possible :)

montag's picture

I agree.  Some millenials (a label) get it and others don't.  I'm doing a creative project re false flags and some get it and some don't.  Entering my sixth decade on Earth, I am amazed at the level of childish discourse here and elsewhere when simply speaking the truth is so much easier.  Labeling Millenials, an advertising term, as being either stupid or lazy or under the skirt of their parents is not rational, and as usual is the headline under which the media frame them.  Somewhere out of this needs to be a real media revolt that speaks for this generation, outside of establishiment media controlled by foreign agents.  The will is there but is the gumption? 

Why Bother's picture

I thank you for the post. I hate people who generalize. I am a bigot against bigots, in other words. I worked with several bright millenials. Very high quality engineers. I am in my 50s and also worked with very high quality people in my age group too. I am also in California. Though I drive a humble car, I am inspired by the fast pace high tech people I work with. Just made my first open source contribution. It's small compared to the big software project I gifted to my company that enhances computer privacy. I know we are flamed for being in California. But the atmosphere here incubates innovation.

Why Bother's picture

I thank you for the post. I hate people who generalize. I am a bigot against bigots, in other words. I worked with several bright millenials. Very high quality engineers. I am in my 50s and also worked with very high quality people in my age group too.

overbet's picture

Actually, as someone whos been through the audit process, I can tell you the customer is asking for IRS harrassment writing that on a credit card receipt. I like it and more power to them, but I would rather remain off the radar. 

Manthong's picture

.. you only go through audit if you respond to the SOB's.

... and no personal services on a credit card.

Manthong's picture

.. especially the street hookers and untrusted drop-dead gorgeous bell captain referred escort ladies…

At least that is what I hear from some folks.

SgtShaftoe's picture

Actually, You see in the picture that it was a VISA swipe with a last 4 of 2489 and there was a VISA authorization code of 011117.

I don't have a problem with tipping if I don't have cash though and I always do when I have it.

Nobody For President's picture

I try to pay for my local resturant meals in cash, but when I do use a credit card, I *always* tip in cash. 

I like the idea of a business card with the message:


"Taxation is Theft. (Actually extortion.)"

    This tip is a gift, not wages.

      Gifts are non-taxable.

Sanity Bear's picture

Snowflakes deal in cash all the time, how else are they going to get their weed?

HalinCA's picture

How many of them can make change without an app for it?

SafelyGraze's picture

what is needed is to tax gifts

expecially gifts of less than $13,000

father xmas and zwarte piet 

Justin Case's picture

If you pay by credit card, put in $1.00 as a tip and then give a gift of cash, the recipient will have recieved a tip to declare in taxable income, the other not so.

HalinCA's picture

YES  ... The employer must report the 'tips' and the employee must report all tips.  The IRS assumes the waiter got 8% of total sales as tip uncless they can show otherwise.

Some barristas are fighting back ...

Dwain Dibley's picture

They already have and are implementing their solution....


All transactions recorded and taxes appropriately applied.

Problem solved....

Justin Case's picture

Problem solved.

Yup all the garage sales, Buy and Sell. Kijiji, private items, like stamp, coin, art, antique collections etc. will be taxed. What a brilliant idea.

If you are suspect of something to police, or accused of a crime, they can lock you out of access to transactions, until you show up in person and prove yoar innocent. Be hard on ya if you were overseas or on vacation out of the country.

You work for the Gov't or just plain stupid? Think a bit.

RU4Au's picture

Have them run the card twice... Once for a meal and once for a gift.

N0TME's picture

That would not work. Cash transactions are the only thing not taxed.

Theo P Neustic's picture

When they get rid of cash (soon) this will be ancient history.

Singelguy's picture

When they get rid of cash, people will find another medium of exchange or a black barter system will evolve. Just a thought; How do the politicians get paid off under the table when there is no more cash? Gold? Diamonds?

Zorba's idea's picture

Fourth step...The FED burns all cash and forces all citizen slaves to use digital script

wisefool's picture

I usually just tell the person. I have been doing it for many years now. like the article says it is becomming more popular. 10 years ago people thought I was a weirdo. Now adays, they get it and usually appreaciate it.

Fiscal.Enema's picture

How do you do this in a CASHLESS system????


UncleChopChop's picture

transfer your bitcoin or altcoin to the waittress - either directly, or hand her a 'notes'  in the right denominations and with the private key (folded over of course).

El Crusty's picture

I haven't eaten out in years, but any time I did I always tipped in cash. Dated a waitress for 5 years and I've worked as a pizza delivery guy before. I never reported tips ever, made minimum wage on the clock, waitress ex gf would only report enough so her employer wouldn't get in trouble for her making less than minimum wage. We didn't make a whole lot of money so every little bit helped.