Fair Warning: This is a rant. Not reasoned. Not well thought out. Not in any particular order. Just something I have to get off my chest every April 15th. Argh.
I’m not a fan of income taxes, on both a practical and a philosophical level. Why does the government need to know how much money we make? It’s none of their business if I make $2 a year or $2 million. If the government needs a source of income, they can collect retail tax. Taxing my retail spending is a perfectly acceptable exchange for purchasing something on US soil. Taxing my income is an intrusion. More than that, it’s a claim. In effect, a government that collects income tax is saying that their claim to the money you make is superior to your claim to the money you make. Socialism, anyone? [And I hate to use the C word, but isn’t a progressive income tax listed by Karl Marx as one of the ten planks in “The Communist Manifesto?”]
As if intruding upon your privacy isn’t enough, they threaten your freedom if for some reason your taxes weren’t paid. And collecting income taxes leads to all kinds of mischief by those who collect it. It’s a secretive exchange that leads to shenanigans and hijinks by the people who preside over income tax law. They use tax legislation, not to produce income necessary for the running of government, but to purchase votes via preferential treatment for certain constituents.
I despise everything for which income taxes stand. And I loathe the organization that collects them. I’d go on, but I just now (unexpectedly) ran out of steam. Sigh. Thank goodness April 15th only comes once a year. I couldn’t be this angry every day.
So look at the Fair Tax. If you decide to support it, do something about it. Contact your representative. Really, it’s the best, most feasible solution for abolishing the IRS. I’m currently reading Neal Boortz’s newest Fair Tax book. I highly recommend reading his two Fair Tax books for more information about the Fair Tax.