Pennies on My Eyes Declared
By Four Walls
January 31, 2018 8:15am CST
Ouch. Ouchety-ouch-ouch-ouch. I did my taxes last night. Did I mention OUCH???? For the third year in a row I've owed over $1,200...and I make less than $30K. Oh, and I had to pay a penalty for not giving them enough to begin with. Guess it was those pennies on my eyes that I declared, per George Harrison's famous warning in the song "Taxman." Gee, I didn't know I was one of those "rich republicans" who "need to pay more taxes." Worse, with deductions being eliminated next year, my taxes are going up next year. Well, I do get a VA check, so I guess I should thank myself..... A song to the IRS:
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17 people like this
• Manchester, England
I don't really understand the US tax system but if you earned £30K pounds in the UK you would probably pay approximately £3700 in income tax. Then a further £2600 or so National Insurance. Then we have a local council tax payable per household but that can be £1500 upwards per annum depending upon what your house is worth..
• United States
We have all kinds of taxes (I’m sure that’s true in every country, though). The federal government takes income tax, Social Security tax, and Medicare tax. Then the state takes state income tax. Then the city takes two taxes, a city tax and a school tax. As that’s “all” of it, the tax system should be simple (e.g., “send us 10% of everything you make”), but if it were simple then all those IRS agents would have to get a real job. I think I remember reading that there’s a “viewing tax” on TV in England for watching TV. Here we have commercials, but there are taxes on cable and satellite subscriptions. I saw a video on You Tube that pointed out that in other countries the VAT is included in the cost (so if you see something that costs $5, you’re going to pay $5). In the US, though, sales tax is added to the cost (and the percentage varies by state, and even cities within states, and on what you’re buying). If you see something that says it “cost” $5, when you go to pay for it the sales tax will be added at the check-out. It’s like that “relationship status” option on Facebook: IT’S COMPLICATED.
• Pamplona, Spain
Tax is always awkward for me to fill out as well. I should get money back actually but I don´t because they have changed the laws and you can consult them now beforehand to find out if you have any problems with them of any kind. Its a bit more helpful than before and that´s it.