So You Want To Pay Your Taxes
Funny thing, the Government, as they want you to pay your taxes and on time by April Fifteenth. I pay tax every time I turn around. Vehicle tax, property tax, food tax, gas tax, pay stub taxes, utility taxes, city taxes, county taxes bla bla bla. So whose working for whom here?
So I have to wonder why the Government took it among themselves to decide not to mail out, or make available through the post office or library, those tax booklets and forms we all use to get in the mail each year. Their belief is that every single citizen has a computer or will have a tax preparer do it.
The post office no longer has stamp machines so you can't even go in and buy a lowly stamp anymore. Oh! They have a machine in the corner now that takes credit cards or debit cards to get a stamp. So what if a huge number of citizens don't have credit or debit cards? And besides, by having these machines in place to purchase postage you are paying more. What does your debit card charge for transactions not through the banks branch? What are those credit card transaction fees? So who wants to stand in line - if you take time off of work - to mail out a bunch of cards or letters that you could have done from the comfort of your own home and let the letter carrier pick them up? That is what they get payed for right.
So back to the tax booklets, to me that is like having to push 3 for English or 4 for Spanish. It's America dang it and I pay my representatives and I should not have to press 3 to get a stupid tax booklet. I should NOT have to pay through the nose to a tax preparer or to buy a tax preparation program when I have already payed for my dalled gone tax booklet and forms and I expect them to be mailed to me as before. Why should I have to go online and pay a fee to file my return?
So because our Government in all it's wisdom has elected not to send us these forms and booklets and made it hard to get any I now DO have to pay more of my hard earned money just to file. Not to forget that little mandated Federal tax adjustment they did to all of us last year that reduced what you payed in all year only to now see you have to pay in and at 9% interest if it has to be done in instalments.
All I'm asking for is that the Government beginning next fiscal year mail out the forms and booklets as before plus put stamp machines back in the post offices. Quit all the side stepping and buck passing and simplify the tax codes. I mean we need the Fairtax solution passed. If the IRS commissioner Doug Shulman can't even explain the tax codes and has to have them done by an accountant how the heck are we little back bone of America honest hard working people supposed to figure it out? Is it to much to ask from your employers Uncle Sam? A little simplification and tax booklets and forms so WE can pay those taxes. I don't mind paying my FAIR share but damn it Uncle Sam, meet us half way at least.
What are we? Just a bunch of utility trailers left in the cold, dark and damp of the yard until something is needed of us?