It is Tax Day in America. Do you owe any money or are you getting money back? Did you submit your tax return online or through paper mail? If you don’t live in the USA do you feel you pay too many taxes — or not enough — for the benefits you receive?
If we do not pay our fair share for the liberty we enjoy — how else should we pay for the government that helps run our lives?
Supporting tax cuts has always seemed to favor the rich and punish the poor — even though this country was born from a taxation revolt of the common folk.
The United States started collecting taxes in 1862 to pay for the Civil War and it seems like we’re still collecting taxes to pay for wars that have never been civil.
I realize it isn’t a popular position to advocate the societal requirement for taxation, but I can’t think of a better way to get everyone to contribute to the betterment of everyone in the nation.
Today, The New York Times argues in an Op-Ed piece that we should remove the word “tax” from our vocabulary and use the idea of paying “dues” instead:
THE word “tax” was never pretty. But it has lately become the
ugliest word in the English language, right up there with its evil
twin, “death.” Even in time of war, ostensibly patriotic politicians
blithely pledge to slay any tax that rears its ghastly head. Public
officials dodge work they know desperately needs doing because of the
possibility that it may cause an increase in taxes.
It’s time to
take a page from the conservative playbook, the one where they reframe
the debate by changing the language — for instance, calling the “estate
tax” a “death tax,” or making equal rights for same-sex partners a
“protection of marriage” issue. I propose we stop saying “taxes” and
start calling them “dues.”
“Duty” or “Tax” — the idea is the same: We need to pay for services and for infrastructure and we do that by reconciling our wishes against our wants each year on April 15.
I’m not sure if the current tax system is fair to everyone or not. Does we each pay our fair share? Or do those who can afford to hire a good tax accountant pay less?
In 2006, the Internal Revenue Service cut the time spent auditing big business:
The Internal Revenue Service has cut deeply the time that it spends auditing the nation’s largest corporations, according to data made public yesterday.
The figures, obtained by Syracuse University
researchers, showed that the I.R.S. had reduced the time spent on each
audit by 21 percent in the last five years, to 958 hours from 1,210
hours. At the same time, the number of actual audits, which had
increased in the last two years, has fallen back to the level of 2002.
In 2008, the I.R.S. trend to leave big firms alone continued. Is that trend a product of important policing changes or necessary political pressure?
The I.R.S.’s scrutiny of the nation’s biggest companies is at a
20-year low, according to the study, conducted by Transactional Records
Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, a research group affiliated with Syracuse University.
The study, made public Sunday, points to “a historic collapse in
audits.” It found that major corporations — defined as those with
assets of at least $250 million — have about a one in four chance of
being audited, down from about three in four in 1990.
Americans with incomes above $100,000, the chances of being audited in
2006 were 1 in 59. Above $1 million, the odds increased to 1 in 16.
Why do you think there is a trend to leave businesses alone? Is it because individuals are easier to audit than big corporations?
Would a flat-tax be the fairest solution to make sure everyone paid their fair share of their duty to society?
Or is there a better way to promise the continued prosperity of us all where everyone gets a fair shake by paying their fair share?