Tuesday, January 31, 2006

TAXES AND THE POOR

THIS IS A TOPIC THAT HAS REALLY BOTHERED ME.
LET ME EXPLAIN.
SOME OF YOU WILL NOT LIKE THIS. BUT YOU HAVE TO ADMIT IT STILL DOES NOT SEEM FAIR TO THE AVERAGE PERSON IN AMERICA WHICH IS ALMOST EVERYONE.

I SELL CARS FOR A LIVING. DURING THIS TIME OF YEAR ( TAX TIME ) WE DO A LOT OF TAX RETURNS FOR CUSTOMERS. THIS IS MY COMPLAINT. I OFTEN DO TAX RETURNS ON PEOPLE WHO MAKE ROUGHLY 15-25K A YEAR THESE PEOPLE RARELY PAY MORE THAN 600-1300 IN TOTAL TAXES, ONCE THEY INCLUDE THEIR DEDUCTIONS. THAT SEEMS FAIR ENOUGH, TILL YOU LOOK AT THEIR RETURNS, WHICH ARE USUALLY IN THE BALLPARK OF 2500-5000. THAT IS 1900-4400 DOLLARS MORE THAN WHAT THEY PAID IN.

MY QUESTION IS THIS. HOW DO YOU GET A REFUND FOR MORE THAN YOU PAID IN? TO ME IT SEEMS LIKE THEY ARE GET PAID TO BE POOR AND HAVE KIDS.
FAILURE FOR THEM TO BE RESPONSIBLE BECOMES OUR PROBLEM NOT THEIRS.
WE HAVE TO PAY LITERALLY FOR THEIR MISFORTUNE, POOR PLANNING, OR FAILURE TO DO WHAT THEY NEEDED TO DO.

YET THESE PEOPLE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT SEEM TO COMPLAIN THE MOST, AND ARE THE BIGGEST DRAIN ON OUR LOCAL ECONOMIES AND RESOURCES, SUCH AS WIC, WELFARE, POLICE, FIRE, AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL. NONE OF WHICH THEY ARE PAYING A DIME FOR IN FACT WE ARE PAYING THEM TO SPEND AND USE OUR MONEY.

THIS REDISTRIBUTION OF OUR WEALTH IS COMPLETELY UNETHICAL. WHY SHOULD YOU AND I BE PUNISHED FOR WORKING HARD, AND DOING RIGHT. WHY DO WE HAVE TO PAY THE PRICE FOR WHERE OTHERS HAVE FAILED.

DOES THIS SEEM RIGHT TO YOU.
OR ARE YOU TO SHALLOW TO SEE HOW THIS EFFECTS YOU AND MOST EVERYONE YOU KNOW.

IN CONTRAST I PAY IN USUALLY CLOSE TO 30K IN TAXES AND STILL OWE SOME USUALLY A FEW HUNDRED MORE COME TAX TIME.

I THINK THERE SHOULD BE SOME TYPE OF REFORM. A FLAT TAX FOR EVERYONE. LIKE SALES TAX IS.

OR PERHAPS, JUST A MUCH LARGER SALES TAX. THEN YOU ONLY PAY FOR WHAT YOU SPEND AND NO INCOME TAX AT ALL.

WHAT ARE YOUR IDEAS, ON BOTH TOPICS?

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading your blog. I don't know exactly how I feel about this entry though. I am a part of the group of Americans making between 15K-25K/yr. This is the first year I will file for taxes. I do not know yet what kind of return I will get. I am a college student trying my best to be a contributing part of society. While I agree that some people use their taxes as a way to supplement for what they are unwilling to earn for themselves, I feel somewhat torn. Even though I am poor, I do not expect a "handout". I don't have a sense of entitlement just because I am poor. I also feel that America will never be a fair place. As long as the majority of people do not take a stand, as long as people think "my vote doesn't count", we will continue to have some of the problems we do. It is unfortunate that you work hard and have to pay out more than others do. I do agree that things should be on a more level playing field but until basic fundamentals change in our society, things will ALWAYS be unfair... "S**tty Rule!"

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 1:02:00 PM  
Blogger SHELTONSFAMILY said...

PERHAPS I SHOULD ALSO HAVE POINTED OUT THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE IN THERE 20'S AND 30'S WITH 2 OR MORE KIDS.

I AM NOT APPOSED TO A LITTLE HELP FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS ON A GOOD PATH.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 4:22:00 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I am the college student who wrote earlier...I'm just trying to do my best. I wish the government would or possibly could recognize people on a case to case basis but that is unrealistic. I wish there could be certain breaks for people who do not try to cheat the government or use it for their own selfish benefit. I cannot imagine what it is like to have a family on the way or even to be married for that matter. If I could, I might have a much different view. The only reason I would be grateful for such a tax break is because of the thousands of dollars that go into an education. Perhaps if I had done better in high school or had better credit, I would not be in the situation I am. I am at fault for my situation but even if I never got a return on my taxes I would not feel a sense of entitlement or upset. Hopefully all is well with you and yours. Like I said, I enjoy your blog and appreciate you "putting it out there." Thanks.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 10:53:00 PM  
Blogger SHELTONSFAMILY said...

PLEASE TELL MORE PEOPLE TO VIEW THIS AND STATE THIER OPINIONS.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 10:38:00 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

ok

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 4:29:00 PM  
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