Regarding Franz Pichler’s Dec. 6 letter, “Immoral accumulation of wealth” (which was a reply to Joseph Jaworski’s Dec. 2 letter, “What’s wrong with [tax] avoidance?“): Pichler states that he has never heard of double, triple or even quadruple taxation in the way Jaworski uses it. A simple example of quadruple taxation would be a corporation paying taxes on income, sales, gasoline and payroll.

Pichler also states that it is immoral for a corporation to be a [“parasite on an economy by accepting incentives to set up business”] and not give “income back to society.” But what does Pichler mean by “society”? The “society” from which a corporation gets its income is otherwise known as the “free market.” Does Pichler want corporations to give income back to the free market!?

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