do you willingly pay your taxes?

Philippines
January 24, 2007 6:24pm CST
share your thoughts and feelings.
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8 responses
@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I pay them because I have no choice in the matter. I can't say that it is "willingly". I always pay before they are due, also. They get enough money as it is- there is no way that I am going to pay a penalty on top of that!
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• Philippines
25 Jan 07
oh, yes, indeed. paying for penalty charges would be like adding salt to an injury. thanks for your response. paying taxes is something i'd be willing to do if i see that it really goes for the well-being of the general public.
• Philippines
25 Jan 07
hey, halyx, you just copied my response!
@alchemistrx (2569)
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
I am willing to pay taxes as long it is put into good use and not for someone's own interest.
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• Philippines
29 Jan 07
my sentiments exactly!
@14missy (3185)
• Australia
29 Jan 07
In Australia we do tax returns each year and there is no choice in the matter. I do think income tax is a bit high but what can you do. When the end of financial year comes around I usually get some of it back with deductions so its not too bad.
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
yeah, my co-workers look forward to the end of the fiscal year when we could get our refunds. lol!
26 Jan 07
Lets face it, if you don't pay your taxes, the government will come after you. It wouldn't be so bad if they didn't take such a huge chunk out of your pay check. How do you keep a roof over your head and eat at the same time?!
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• Philippines
28 Jan 07
yeah, so it's like choosing the lesser evil, huh? thanks for responding.
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I don't mind paying taxes. That might be because my husband is in the military, so without taxes we wouldn't get paid!
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• Philippines
26 Jan 07
oh, lol!. thanks for responding. since government employees are paid by the people's money, they should render efficient service to the public, shouldn't they? yet you hear so many complaints against government employees.
• India
25 Jan 07
i hate to pay taxes. when i am filing my returns i feel cheated. there are manypeole who dont pay even a single rupee tax they show their business is running under loss. i know of so many people who do this. why only salaried people are targeted. hope some day this will change
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• Philippines
26 Jan 07
i know how you feel. it's something we can't run away from. i know a lot of businessmen, too, who understate their income in order to pay less taxes. it makes me boil within because these are the people driving luxury cars and all that!
• United States
25 Jan 07
I pay them but not willingly. i pay them cause I have to. I don't think anyone really enjoys paying taxes
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• Philippines
25 Jan 07
same here. we're sort of required to do that, so it's not like we're given any other choice. it wouldn't bother me much if the taxes we pay are returned in some way to the public, but in most cases, they're not. so that's why my heart breaks every time i pay my taxes.
@snowflake5 (1579)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Well nobody likes paying tax - but it's our duty and responsibility to do so as a citizen. Democracy only came about because the king needed money and in return for paying tax, the people demanded a say over government. Governments that have to ask their citizens for tax tend to be afraid of their citizens and tend to take notice of their views. Before people fantasize about not paying tax, consider the states where there are no taxes. Saudi Arabia, an oppresive absolute monarchy, where the King has so much oil money he doesn't need to ask his citizens for tax and hence doesn't need to consult them at all. The sultanate of brunei - ditto. Uganda, where the govt gets so much foreign aid money, again they don't need to ask citizens for tax, consult them or bother with their views. And consider the countries with rampant tax evasion - Argentina and the south american states - they lack the infrastructure that only a government can build with tax money and they've fallen badly behind. By contrast, countries where citizens are sticklers for paying their taxes, like the Scandinavians, are doing very well. Tax is our leverage over government - as long as they need to ask for money we have control over them.
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
that is very informative! thanks for sharing this. yes, i do believe that tax is our leverage over government. it's just that i wish to see more results of where my taxes really go, you know...