tax scheme and overpopulation

Philippines
April 24, 2011 10:14am CST
In the Philippines, the more dependents you have, the lesser the tax that you pay. Don't you think it would be better if we increase the tax paid by those people who exceed the ideal number of children (i.e 3)??? Do you think it will help a little in changing our citizen's mindset regarding responsible parenting? In our current tax system, those who have more children seems to be favored. If we will change the tax scheme the scenario would be, "If you want more children you should be willing to pay additional taxes for those in excess of the prescribed number of children". This sounds good and ideal to me. I just don't know if this will be feasible. What do you guys think?
4 responses
• Philippines
25 Apr 11
Hmm, that's an interesting idea. I don't know about economics but I think that's sensible. After all, the more the children are in a family, the more are receipients of government services so shouldn't they pay more? Just because a citizen is not supporting anyone in the family that means he can pay more so he should? It's anyone's choice to be single or have a family so yeah, I think those with more children have more advantage. Really interesting topic.
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• Philippines
25 Apr 11
It is really sensible but with how things are in our country it seems to be not so feasible. But if things will change and the maturity of our people will progress regarding responsible parenthood, i really am for this kind of scheme.
@greenpeas (998)
• Philippines
24 Apr 11
The people you are talking about, those who produce children like bunnies but they can barely eat 3 times a day...They are so poor they wont be able to pay any tax even if they have only 1 or 2 kids. They live through mostly through the underground economy/black market where they sell dirt cheap goods, scavenge for scrap materials to sell, day laborers or informal jobs like street barker. The value added tax is the answer to that, so that people will pay tax when buying goods. So conversely if a family has more family then they have to spend more for basic necessities thus they also pay more tax. I dont think they fill up tax returns during tax time to apply for deductions, so there needs to be no worry about changing the tax system.
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• Philippines
24 Apr 11
These things makes it not feasible, i guess. we really should think of ways to further educate our people to be responsible parents. i hope RH bill will be given a chance to help and i also do hope that the government can come up with other programs that will support RH bill and will encourage parents to keep the size of their family to the most manageable level so that the support they could possibly give their kids could be maximized.
@eileenleyva (27768)
• Philippines
18 May 11
This is a theory for the educated. Most of the families with more children belong to the uneducated. But this proposal is applicable to Dolphy and the Revillas and the Salvadors....
• Philippines
1 Jun 11
And I guess it's fit for the Ejercitos too!
• Philippines
18 May 11
You know what guys, the laws within our constitution and plus the other bunch of laws created by the legislation dept and approved by our presidents through the years of Philippine sovereignity are more than enough if we will base it on the provisions and sanctions only, and I think even those who are in charge to enforce the law has enough authority and power to do so what needs to be done. But the reason that the Phillipines has a lot of problems really boils down to one thing... Only one thing, and the keyword is DISCIPLINE. Too much democracy, freedom, exercise of so called rights, EDSA revolution, what else? hmmm numerous historical revolutions from different regions in our state that we have read and have studied way back in our elementary and highschool days? I think it is very evident that yes we have the right to be free as citizens of a democratic country, but are we really exercising as well our responsibility as a free citizen? Don't ask me because I believe you know the answer very well... Filipinos are well talented, equipped, and skillful in terms of different aspects of what is required for this country to become one of the richest country in Asia but I hate to admit that the majority of the Filipinos has this lack of discipline in doing his/her responsibility. Unity yes there is, but when personal interest are involved in the issue, well I don't know. Just a simple example: Can we point out one person in our country that did not experience once in his/her life to throw a piece of thrash in the inappropriate area? That is a part of our responsibility, If this one piece of example is overlooked then I bet most of us experienced an act not following simple rules that is included in our responsibility. Period. Call me a hypocrite or self righteous if you want to but who cares? I am a Filipino as well and we are all to blame. Let us not blame our government, our leaders, our parents, our teachers and our superiors. Why not start blaming ourselves and then make a change? Or I'll bet most of us will say it is easier to point fingers than to accept and follow. If it is easier to point fingers than to follow then don't expect for a change.