But neither of us pay out of a sense of benevolence though.
No, I pay because it's the proper thing to do.
No. You pay because you are required to do so. If there was no law requiring you to pay taxes, and you were allowed to just voluntarily donate money to the federal government, how much would you pay? It's not because it's the right thing to do, or because you care. It's because it's required by law for you to do so. ****. They even make it easy on you by simply taking the money out of your paycheck for you!
A positive side effect to this is that I don't need to write lengthy paragraphs defending why I don't bother to pay my taxes but I should still ***** about how the money is spent
Yeah. Still stuck on the whole "not filing==not paying" thing. You get that the year I didn't file and on which I ended out about $4k short I still paid more in taxes than most people. I don't have the numbers in front of me, but it was something like paying about $40k in taxes, but I should have paid $44k. I think that the other $40k that year and all the amounts I've paid before and since, which are well above the amount the bulk of US citizens pay in income taxes still grants me the full right to ***** about how my tax dollars are spent.
You get that I'm not self employed, right? Taxes were taken out of my paychecks that year. Taxes were taken out of the stock sales I did that year. They were just off by a relatively small amount. And on that small amount, I have now paid far more in penalties and interest than the amount originally owed. So I'm not sure how you get some idea that I've somehow cheated the system.
I also don't buy the whole...
You mean you don't accept consequences for your negligence or people's criticisms of what you did? GASP!
I'll inform the media straight away!
I do accept the consequences. I paid a significant penalty as a result of my actions. In exactly the same way that if I was late paying for a library book, I'd pay the late fee. Once that is done, my "debt" is paid.
What's funny is that in this case, my debt was more than paid 15 months ago when I wrote a really large check to the government to cover an amount I knew was close to $100k larger than the amount I owed. Uncle Sam then got to hold on to that money for over a year interest free (and absent any gains I might have made with the money as well). Now I've finally got that money back. Hence my statement at the beginning of not really "winning", but at least not losing worse than I thought I should. The government got more than their fair share from me for this Joph.