Stick with me as I show you how our tax system stifles creativity.
Ok, I admit it…when it comes to taxes…I’m a procrastinator. I just finished my 2011 calculations to squeeze the filing in before the October 17 deadline…or is it October 15. Anyway…I spent hours and hours adding up receipts, gathering digital info along with paperwork, and filling in entirely too many blanks.
Then, I went back and forth on the phone and via email with my tax preparer to be sure all the info was where it needed to be. Of course, in addition to all the time I spent on paperwork and filling out forms, the tax guy also spent a bunch of time on it. So, at the very least, there were two lives focused on following all the stupid tax laws so that the government could have more money to spend on things I can’t stand.
Can you tell I’m not a fan of our tax system?
I just wish our government was a just and wise system. If we took enough from every tax payer (say about 5%) and spent it on only those things that benefit the country, we’d have beautiful bridges, smooth roads, strong defense against all enemies, and lots more time for creative endeavors and innovations.
Instead we have a tax system that only the trained professionals and lawyers can understand. And it makes for “class” envy, fraud, and political skimming. Not to mention that our tax system has become a Robin Hood money laundering machine. Take from those who work hard and give to those who don’t or can’t or won’t. You can call it whatever you want…but if a private citizen did that, it could only be called stealing. Just because the government has made laws and given the tax system involved and caring (yeah, right) names doesn’t change the fact that it’s stealing.
Now…don’t you wish I’d keep my mouth shut (or fingers away from the typing keys) and go write a song or something? Well, I probably would if I didn’t have all this 1040, 1099, Form 1A, Form J-1400 in triplicate to finish.