Proponents of a the new consensus rule, where 12% of the miners earned reward is required to be sent to a hong kong shell company, do not want to you call it tax.
Their argument is that no state violence happens if you do not include this reward. Cops will not come knocking down some miners door that claims his entire reward for himself.
And they are correct. They are technically correct. The best kind of correct.
To most of us, tax is something we are forced to pay, supposedly out of necessity to maintain our local community.
When we're late on tax, cops don't come to our house. We're charged with late fees. The state threatens to dissolve our company. We are economically punished.
When a miners block is orphaned, they are economically punished. Before their block is mined, they are economically threatened to have their block orphaned.
This concept of taking a claim from another miners reward is new. We don't have a word for it. So for lack of a better word, it's okay to call it tax. The word describes the concept well, well enough. The word tax is also negative to most of us, and as such it may also describes how we feel about it.
We don't have a good word for it. Proponents will name it something less negative sounding, such a "service fee for the miners". They may also make it sound positive. The zcash community has a name for the concept that gives me a chuckle, they call it "Founders' Reward".
Opponent may not want to call it tax either. The word tax may rub them the wrong way.
Whether you are opponent or proponent, if you have a good word for the concept, share it with me in the comments. When discussing, I'd suggest we don't get hung up on what the concept is called. Try to see past the word used.
But it's okay too, to have a chuckle at absurd names for this concept.