News Flash: You DO Pay Taxes!
By: J.J. Jackson
Iâ€™ve had this article sitting here on my desk, staring me in the face for a good two months now. I kept meaning to publish it except for the fact that it doesnâ€™t apply to the vast majority of people that read my work. So I would put it off.
You see, this article is targeted at the nearly 50% of Americans that donâ€™t pay any income tax each year. Again, not my typical reader.
But tax time is upon us again and April 15th is around the corner so I figured why not once again set the record straight even though the vast majority of people that need to hear the message will never visit here. That message is you DO pay taxes. I donâ€™t care how much money to â€œget backâ€ each year you DO pay taxes.
America is at a dangerous time in her history. We are precariously close to the tipping point where more people than not are going to be living off the benefits of government without paying for them. At least in perception.
Make no mistake, this is the goal of many, which is to make a minority of Americans beholden to the whim of a majority and fund this country. Again, at least in perception.
Why do I keep saying â€œat least in perceptionâ€? Because even though many Americans pay little or no direct income taxes to the Federal Government they are paying out the nose in hidden taxes, fees and surcharges. And in case you are wondering, yes this is going to be another pitch for the FairTax.
Economics are simple. When you buy a good or service you pay for the cost of everything that goes into that good and service. Oh, and by the way that also means that every time â€œBig Businessâ€ gets hit with a new tax by the Nanny State that is included in that price.
That means the cost of Social Security, Medicare, and other mandated programs those companies are told they must contribute to is wrapped into the cost of that $18,000 new car you just bought. It also means that included in that cost is also every fee, surcharge or tax the company is required to pay. It all gets passed along to you, the consumer. Oh and also included in that is also the millions paid out each year in attorneyâ€™s fees paid to help comply with an archaic tax code which no one understands.
These all get passed along to the tune of 20-30% added cost in every product you buy. Think about how much that is each and every year. If you spent $20,000 that is $4,000 to $6,000 you paid in taxes even if you didnâ€™t owe Uncle Sam a dime and got every penny back.
But itâ€™s all hidden from view, which is perfect for the Federal Government. Because as long as the soon to be majority of citizens who donâ€™t owe any visible money each year to Big Brother donâ€™t know they are paying taxes they wonâ€™t want to change the system. They wont want to change the system and what is worse it means that in all likely hood tax rates on the minority will go up and up and up.
Regardless of what you think you do pay taxes. Even if you receive a government check every month, you pay taxes. Even if you never earn another dime in your life you still are paying taxes to the federal government. Every time you buy something it happens.
So why shouldnâ€™t we remove the complicated tax code and these hidden costs and replace it with a simple and visible 18-23% sales tax on all goods and services? Because it will raise taxes on the poor? Nope. Itâ€™s still less than they are paying now, on average, with imbedded and hidden taxes. And with the proposed monthly prebate which gives all American citizens a refund for taxes on expenditures up to the poverty level there really isnâ€™t a reason.
Oh â€“ silly me I forgot. There is a reason. That reason is bureaucrats who want to keep the vast majority of Americans ignorant while they continue to accrue power by administering a system that not even they understand. The perfect bureaucracy. And that bureaucracy will lead to an America our founding fathers never envisioned.
J.J. Jackson is a libertarian conservative author from Pittsburgh, PA who has been writing and promoting individual liberty since 1993 and is President of Land of the Free Studios, Inc. He is the Pittsburgh Conservative Examiner for Examiner.com. He is also the owner of The Right Things - Conservative T-shirts & Gifts The Right Things. His weekly commentary along with exclusives not available anywhere else can be found at Liberty Reborn.