Fines are not Taxes

Local governments establish laws and codes to help structure our social interactions and penalize the rule breakers.  The use of fines as a type of taxation should offend us all.

The Institute for Justice (IJ) has long been concerned with abuse of government police power.  IJ has led in research and litigation on civil asset forfeiture, the process through which people can lose their money and property without facing any criminal charges.  IJ extended this analysis to taxation through citation in a 2020 report “Municipal Fines and Fees”.