Yes taxation is too high and as Silver Stallion correctly points out the middle class bears the brunt, while tax-free foundations, tax havens and loopholes are increasingly used by extremely wealthy individuals to avoid the taxman.
Originally Posted by Nathan B. Forrest
Even during the trying experience of the CSA from 1861 through 1865 and under the leadership of President Jefferson Davis the following taxes were imposed: license duties, a progressive income tax, consumption taxes that included excise taxes and sales taxes, and tariffs. There was also a tax that collected in the form (tax-in-kind) of livestock and agricultural produce.
"In Support of a Tax-in-Kind" Richmond Examiner editorial April 3, 1863
"…Let us endeavor to explain in a word what is meant by a tax in kind. It signifies the payment to the Government of a certain portion of all that the labor or property of the citizen produces…without its previous conversion into money.… The producer would make a direct gain by paying his tax in produce, without changing it into the shape of money.… The Government would receive this great benefit and advantage from a tax in kind: that it would then be able to stop the issue of new Treasury notes.… The articles of produce received as the tax of producers would supply the chief, if not the entire consumption of its troops; and what remained of cotton, tobacco, and the like would be so much cash in its hands to purchase in Europe the means of war. The printing presses which now deluge the land with oceans of paper money which commerce does not require, would rest.…
To such a tax it will be objected that it is cumbrous, inconvenient, and that it cannot be collected by the ordinary agencies which collect the tax money. But it will be discovered that it requires no machinery or operation which the Government is not already obliged to ha[v]e, to supply itself with the necessaries of a vast army in a blockaded country, where interior transportation by individuals has become nearly impossible. The Government has only to unite the agencies which collect the money tax with those which gather the supplies of its armies, and it possesses all the machinery necessary to ascertain and collect a tax in kind."