Does anyone out there truly understand taxes

Canada
May 16, 2011 7:34pm CST
Every year we are required to do taxes. I know taxes are to help the city etc. BUT my biggest question is how can the government charge you during tax time claiming you make to much money. How is this possible when we pay taxes everyday and everytime we purchase something but when we declare income and tax receipts and different information to get a tax cut we never enter all we purchase throughout the year. I bet if we could declare all we spend and the actual taxes we pay the government would be shelling out alot more money than they do now. Please share your thoughts I'm hoping its not just me
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6 responses
• Canada
17 May 11
We have taxes on taxes, you notice that? Happens everywhere. I hate taxes. haven't done mine in years now, even though I know I should. Governments always find ways of taxing people and making us pay even more than we should. Look at how much they get, and see how much they have to pay, if anything.
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• Canada
17 May 11
I dont even think they pay for taxes this topic really bothers me. Its just not fair I think they should pay all our taxes I wonder how much they get in total a year just for taxes
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@ravisivan (14055)
• India
17 May 11
there are different types of taxes. One direct tax - income tax, corporate tax, excise duty etc. Income tax is paid on the income received by individuals and companies. Here only some of us do not reveal full income or we show it in different names. Showing it in different names is a way to escape taxes. I do not understand what do you mean by telling "we pay taxes every day and everytime we purchase something" -- that is sales tax that is paid by people who buy. if some one is not buying a commodity he is not paying. I understand the anxiety you have. I have known people who are sincere and reveal every rupee earned. I also know a few who find out ways for avoiding taxes. My idea is straight away there should be tax at 10% on income with no allowance and all that. But allowances are allowed to encourage savings. (I am talking with India in mind and am not sure what is special in Canada) Other members will post their views.
• Canada
17 May 11
Well I know we have a harmonized tax which is 13% and when tax time comes people still have to pay because the government states you make to much money. I mean my parents own a house and they have to pay every year taxes like over $1000. They are no where near rich or even wealthy they are just getting by and are blessed enough to own a home but with the government they state they make to much money. I truly believe the system is a way of keeping people down. I know alot has changed over time due to people not being honest and running the system as well. But maybe if they didn't make it so hard and complicated people wouldn't have to scam the system
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
17 May 11
In any set up there are good people and bad people. In all the countries you have tax violators and people who obey tax rules fully. Stringent measures against violation will act as a tool for making people follow the rules.
• Canada
23 May 11
That is true but I think it will only get worse. Fraud and such is to far gone now, once it works for someone they normally don't turn around. Its really sad that the world has come to this. All we can do is be honest and hope that there are lots of others along with us.
@greenpeas (999)
• Philippines
17 May 11
I think it depends on how many sources of income you have which the tax collectors have knowledge of...Or they will ask you these and you specified them. Also if you are well known to your community like you are a movie or TV personality. In many cases, people who earn a lot of money tends to be asked to pay more taxes. If you earn a measly low wage income and a tax collector asks you, just say hey I'm broke and I dont have any source of money except this and then show him or her your payroll slips.
• Canada
23 May 11
Yeah you could do that but I don't think they would care if you can't fall under the tax exempt catagories. They are planning on doing more lets hope they stay to their word and help the lower classed people. How do they expect one to get ahead when their fincances won't let them. Sure you can go to school and get certified but how are you to do that when you don't have money in the first place. There is always something to keep one down. Hope to win the lotto is all we can do lol
@sjroxz (14)
• India
17 May 11
Oh i didnt even understand wht u described about taxes :D though i have had problems based on taxes in my maths course when i was young but i still couldnt understand them .. :D
• Canada
23 May 11
I think thats how they make it out to be. I'm not that great in math myself, but I think they make it hard because they don't want everyone to fully understand. Its just like when you read court documents or even end user licensing agreements they make them long and use words we don't fully understand to confuse us.
@mythociate (15762)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
17 May 11
How are we to learn of the wealth of a nation if its people claim that all theirs has to be 'taken' to be a part of the nation's wealth? I mean, don't you know that money is debt? THAT is the Democracy in the world: ANYONE who has money can give it! There are things you can do to make people WANT to give the money to you (which include both 'calling in debts' and 'giving it responsibly/worthily/etc.'), even going so far as to 'get The Law involved'; but--in the end--people give it only because THEY want to! Actually, the giving-and-taking is just for show ... it's NEVER your money, my money, their money---it's like 'scores' vs. 'points' ... adding 'points' to the scoreboard is as simple as pushing a button, but for a player to make the score-keeper WANT to push that button - that takes a miracle of physics (SCORE!)
• Canada
17 May 11
Great analogy :) Oh I know money is never ours we never actually own it but yet we work for it lol. I got to take a look at an americian doller bill and seen on it that it was to the debt of the US and can pretty much be taken away and used just for that or something along the lines of that. I'm not sure if its the same on a Canadian bill I'll have to take a look. It seems like the rich just keeps getting richer and the poor keeps getting poorer
@Bannybanzie (1398)
• Philippines
17 May 11
Yeah... that's something worth thinking. We pay taxes in what we buy every day but still we need to pay taxes for what we earn and still buy... My mind is kind of puzzled here. Anyways, there are really a lot of things in the law that are hard to understand. Like in the Philippines, there is a law saying 'THE PRESIDENT CAN NO LONGER HAVE A POSITION AFTER HIS/HER TERM AS A PRESIDENT (using my own words here), then the former president has a new position now saying it only applies not to run as president again. Well, the makers of the law should be blamed here. They don't clarify things out. They do laws that can make issues later - just like these taxes.
• Canada
17 May 11
Yes I know they like to confuse people or write things so people don't understand. They really just try to scheme money anyway they can. I would like to see someone in government give up their salary for a year to help out with cities. They need to stop giving themselves raises and spending money where they shouldn't be. As the rapper 2pac said 'they got money for war but can't feed the poor' I can't get over the huge gap between upper, middle and lower class. I'm sure if we check a study it would show that over 75% of the world is lower class. Its really sad