do you willingly pay your taxes?
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.
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
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.
• 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.