If the personal income tax and user fees for services were the only
taxes, that might not be too bad. Dump the sales tax, dump the property
But once a tax code is established, it needs to be made very difficult
to change it, because that's the big problem, they monkey with the tax
code every year in ways that don't really change anything but make it
impossible to plan ahead because you have no idea what your taxes are
going to be.
Nah, buy yourself a six-pack and send in the rest.
One a serious note, the tax form can be that simple. I don't know if 10% or
20% or whatever is needed, but it can be that easy. No deductions, no
loopholes, no accountants and lawyers (like that would ever happen).
I think it is sad that people have to pay high prices to preparers for
anything but the EZ form to be filled out. I do taxes for a half dozen
people every year for free. They are good, hard working people that do not
understand the forms and laws as they stand.
The common forms are pretty simple. I think it's more that the government has
people so scared that they're afraid of doing something wrong. There is good
reason for that feeling, though. VT has sent a collections company after me
for $20K that I don't owe (didn't live in, or work in, the state - paid
I'd think that mostly either just don't try or are undereducated.
There's really nothing terribly complicated about the basic 1040 and
Schedules most folks need. If have more complex issues, maybe, but I
figure the fella' does mine is earning his keep w/ the business end.
The no-deduction idea is a non-starter so there's not even any reason to
go there on why it doesn't work...
Tens of thousands of high school grads don't have the proper brain cells to
fill out a tax form. They may be remarkably talented in other areas, just
not doing what you and I think of a simple form. Most schools don't teach
tax forms either.
We use some unskilled labor at work. I see these people every day and 99%
of them could not understand the simplest forms. They end up paying $75+ to
some tax preparer, for the federal, almost that much for the state form that
is more complex. Since they don't have the money to pay for it, they have
the fees taken from the refund and pay even more for the privilege.
Add to that, the people speaking little or no English.
Are you kidding?
The SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY can't fill out a tax form! Even with the help
of tax software and a computer!
No, best to pay no taxes at all and you won't have to confront the
I haven't figured out what happened, but Vermont wants almost $20K from me for
a year I didn't live or work there. You may not have to confront the form,
but unless you are the Secretary of the Tresury, you will have to confront the
"Vee haf our vays!" Professional sports athletes pay state income taxes to
various states depending on how many days they are in the state. If, for
example, the New Orleans Saints play the NY Jets, each Saints player has to
pony up the NY income tax for the days he was in the state for the game.
It gets worse. Suppose you work for thirty years for a company in New York
and retire to Florida. You change your state of residence, register to vote,
everything. New York taxes your retirement check!
I'm surprised some states don't try to get money from you for just passing
through their borders while you're on a (paid) vacation!
Connecticut is going to try. They want to put toll booths on the major
highway exits. No tolls for the locals driving in-state, but $3 to $5
anticipated tolls for those leaving the state. Since I cross the border 5
to 8 times a week, I'll be using the secondary roads if the tolls ever do
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