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"Britannica" material on direct v. indirect[edit]

Hello, and welcome to Wikipedia!

I removed some recent edits regarding the definition of direct versus indirect in the article Direct tax and the article Indirect tax, for the following reasons. The following material was the source material, and is found in Encycl. Britannica regarding direct versus indirect taxes:

In the literature of public finance, taxes have been classified in various ways according to who pays for them, who bears the ultimate burden of them, the extent to which the burden can be shifted, and various other criteria. Taxes are most commonly classified as either direct or indirect, an example of the former type being the income tax and of the latter the sales tax. There is much disagreement among economists as to the criteria for distinguishing between direct and indirect taxes, and it is unclear into which category certain taxes, such as corporate income tax or property tax, should fall. It is usually said that a direct tax is one that cannot be shifted by the taxpayer to someone else, whereas an indirect tax can be.

The above discussion is not a discussion of the terms direct tax and indirect tax in the U.S. Constitutional law sense. This is a discussion regarding the "literature of public finance."

By contrast, legal scholars and, more importantly, the U.S. courts, have rejected the concept of a direct tax as being "one that cannot be shifted to someone else."

Under the U.S. legal system, a federal direct tax is simply either a capitation (a head tax) or a "tax on property by reason of its ownership." Anything that does not fall into those two categories is an indirect tax. Period. From about 1895 to 1913, taxes on income from property were also treated as direct taxes, but that treatment ended with the Sixteenth Amendment in 1913.

Perhaps the removed material (on which the above quotation appears to be have been based) can be modified, however, to clarify the difference between a theoretical "public finance" view of direct taxes and the separate legal (constitutional law concept) of direct taxes.

Any thoughts? Famspear (talk) 17:29, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

I reworked the material and added it back, with some reorganization to (hopefully) clarify the difference. (I put it back in both the "Direct tax" article and the "Indirect tax" article.) Famspear (talk) 18:25, 18 June 2008 (UTC)
Who has the authority to say that
The above discussion is not a discussion of the terms direct tax and indirect tax in the U.S. Constitutional law sense. This is a discussion regarding the "literature of public finance." ?
A Wikipedia article should be about all usages unless it is broken out into separate categories, such as (public finance) and (law). I don't see a need to do that, since the two areas have historically influenced one another. I will be providing additional cites to support my edits on the constitutional law meaning when I have the time. Bracton (talk) 19:47, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Tidelands[edit]

You made a good start. I added some formatting. Bearian (talk) 19:37, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for doing the work I was going to do after lunch. :) Bracton (talk) 19:42, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Article Legal Practice[edit]

I was protrolling articles and I happened to see this article of yours. Please consider making edits to the references and making links to them. If your not sure how to do this then see Wikipedia: How to edit a page thanks.--KingRatedRIV (talk) 16:33, 24 February 2009 (UTC)

Contribution[edit]

Thank you for your recent contribution to scientific method; but Talk:Scientific_method#Reminder_-_please_use_the_edit_summary --Ancheta Wis (talk) 13:09, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

renaming articles[edit]

Hello--You're right about the capitalization of Game Theory in Communication Networks. The standard way to handle this is to "move" the article to the new, fixed name. ("move" should be one of the tabs you see along with "edit" and "history".) WP usually handles any necessary redirecting from there, making the redirect from the mis-named page to the newly-named page.

It's probably fine to leave it the way it is for now, just letting you know for when it comes up again. CRETOG8(t/c) 16:35, 27 March 2009 (UTC)

3RR warning[edit]

Nuvola apps important.svg You currently appear to be engaged in an edit war according to the reverts you have made on Direct tax. Note that the three-revert rule prohibits making more than three reversions on a single page within a 24 hour period. Additionally, users who perform a large number of reversions in content disputes may be blocked for edit warring, even if they do not technically violate the three-revert rule. If you continue, you may be blocked from editing. Please do not repeatedly revert edits, but use the talk page to work towards wording and content that gains a consensus among editors. If necessary, pursue dispute resolution. .

I know I'm at 3rr, also. Please consider myself warned, as well, but you've readded incorrect or biased material 3 times. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 17:13, 26 April 2009 (UTC)

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The duration of the block is 24 hours. Here are the reverts in question. William M. Connolley (talk) 07:29, 27 April 2009 (UTC)
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Request reason:

The undoing of reversions by other editors were the result of them doing so while I had the article open for editing and didn't know they had made any changes during that time, so that my further edits, when I saved them, overwrote theirs. A better solution, commonly used by other group editing tools, is some kind of locking mechanism so multiple concurrent editing sessions don't stomp on each other. It would also be helpful if other editors wouldn't be so quick to revert what are clearly not some kind of vandalism, but za work in progress, such as adding content, saving, then adding cites for it. Reverting something just because it doesn't have cites yet is too aggressive.

Decline reason:

See WP:Guide to appealing blocks. Comment on your own actions, not those of others. Explain what you will do differently in the future so that you will work cooperatively with the other editors. It would help if you would agree to obtain consensus on the Talk page before making such large changes to the article. EdJohnston (talk) 16:51, 27 April 2009 (UTC)

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Autoblocked because your IP address was recently used by "Bracton". The reason given for Bracton's block is: "3rr on Direct tax ".


Decline reason:

You weren't autoblocked. — Ricky81682 (talk) 08:21, 28 April 2009 (UTC)


Okay, but the time on the IP was extended from 01:48 to 16:17, which is beyond 24 hours. I request return to 01:48 as originally set. This is blocking not just edits on the Direct tax artcle but on my sandbox edits that I need to work on while waiting for the unblock. Bracton (talk) 07:45, 28 April 2009 (UTC)

Use the extra time to think about it. I'd suggest leaving it alone until the block is lifted. You may end up annoying an admin into extending this. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 08:21, 28 April 2009 (UTC)


Heads up[edit]

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Hi there—You're still missing your fair use rationale. Also, the page with the image is listed as "Copyright © 2009 Cornell University Department of History." I'm going to nominate it for deletion, since I do not believe that the image qualifies for the tag you gave it. —Notyourbroom (talk) 00:13, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

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A Thank You from a former Wikipedian[edit]

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