January 1, 1970What is mostly overlooked in the reasoning as to why we pay taxes, what we pay to the Internal Revenue Service describes exactly what we get from the ‘service’ that has to do with ‘internal revenue.’
The first thing wage earners in the United States are asked, has to do with what their status amounts to as the gross income become incidental to the real purpose of paying income tax today. For the first purpose is to count all our money.
Remember that in 1975 at the first all nations economic summit, it was decided that our monies would face evaluation as a ratio on all our debts and services; and that goods and securities had little to do with the actual value in fluxuation of the international values of currencies. So, to facilitate this ration calculation, some order of tally or to count all our money in circulation begins with a voluntary demand for each wage earner to report their income.
Surely, in a voluntary system of reporting income, if there were no responsible consequences we could each one of us report great earnings and therefore get great respect, or not.
We have to report on what we spent our income to verify what it is we owe. Moreover, the payment is based on a scale of what we did to earn that money, so the more we earned, the proportion that we made, which was effectuated by others; mostly that which made the rich so rich. So the scale of earned income has to do with what services are paid for, and those who make more money pay for more services, because they make money off the services of others who then get service from the government paid for in part by their employers’ income. THAT’S why rich people pay more in taxes.
As discussed over lunch with Noble Laureate, Dr. Kenneth Arrow “Paying taxes is the demand for a sociological responsibility, and to offer a participation to each of us, income earners.”
Since we pay and voluntarily deduct expenses for living, our reported income; we in essence do the accounting job for our Internal Revenue Service. We count our money for the global assessment.
We get to cry out: I PAY TAXES SO I DESERVE THAT!
Surely, nobody thinks our income actually pays for the government, do they?
At last count, somewhere around the bicentennial of the United States of America, government – birthday year 200 – our government payed some $5.23 for each dollar we as individuals spent.
Our Revenue Service makes sure the accounting practices that we do for ourselves provides an appropriation for what the government can use to offer us our services. They count our income, give each one of us the realm of responsibility for the return of services, now in the whole wide world. In proper ratio, of course.
A friend of mine, whose father worked hard and made tens of millions of dollars a month died recently leaving us with loads of objections, but leaving his family with the old tax law to deal with.
The elimination of the ‘death tax’ gave way to an argument that those taxes had been paid when the individual was living, so this tax was double taxation and therefore illegal in the United States.
By the same token, with his death what comes to mind has to do with ‘directed government expenditure.’ That which the government fails to pay enough, may be covered by family trust. In this case the family trust of several billions of US dollars.
It was sometimes referred to as the Joan Baez loop-hole in personal income tax. She objected to her income going to pay for the Vietnam War, and donated so much of her income, that she actually didn’t have to pay any income tax; although she reported all of her income for the IRS and our national accounting. She therefore avoided paying for any government services that she didn’t personally support, and she did that by supporting services, personally, that she believed in.
My friend’s father was a great proponent of support services, and of giving it himself; for his belief was based on the lack of trust for the government to offer the services that he would deem appropriate. So, his billions of income were managed by hisself and sometimes his voluntary contribution was made, intentionally, illegal. He would send coins to pay the amount less that the dollars accounted for on the forms.
This great man would always own up to his responsibility and in the end wrote off, or signed off on all his responsibilities without any withholding or shorting any obligation. Not at all willing to simply spend it all before he died, just willing it upon his family to pay all their obligations without faultering.
Amongst his last words, the General Manager of the largest subscription based magazine published to date, the patron of Sunset Magazine said upon his death: “Make the last check bounce.”