I am just wondering what your government does when it comes to people bartering. I think that in my country, the government does require that people report it on the income tax, but only if it's over a certain amount, as in, if you are just trading a jar of home-made relish for a block of cheese, this you don't have to report. I am not too sure exactly how "expensive" the items would have to be that would necessitate reporting. I also don't know how the government would assess the values of items being exchanged. Lastly I also kind of wonder how the government would be able to find out about these trades. It seems to me people can very easily barter in private. Anyway I just want to hear from the community here. I think this is an interesting topic.