I don't know anything about death except that it's claimed too many people I love.
About taxes I know a little more, starting with my forced study of economics as it was understood by Keynes speaking through Paul Samuelson as taught by an academic drone too dense to know why you pour piss out of a boot and too lazy to do it if he did. My education continued as a taxpayer who also had the professional fortune to rub elbows with politicians, high and low. To a man and woman they loved the power to tax. They differed only in the power groups they wished to buy off.
Until an unlikely libertarian utopia flourishes, they're necessary to a limited extent. Defend what borders are needed. Support a court system of final resort. Enforce laws prohibiting the initiation of violence including the intellectual equivalent of violence, which is fraud. (You'll note the steal from Ayn Rand on the last point. No apologies; it is a thought too little discussed)
If there is one economic point to be drilled into the still educable souls we run across, it is this: Somewhere between most and all of our troubles result from the decision of governments that their taxing powers should not be limited by actual utility, that they should use their extortion power to create social justice.
Pass this along to some statist redistrbutionist you know. If he can identify the politicians qualified to define "social justice," I shall recant.