Wednesdays Question

It’s Wednesday so that means it’s question time. It’s time to ponder and then answer just one question. Okay, you can add all you want as a reason for your answer too. We’d all like that.

Here’s this weeks question: In the U.S. today is tax day, when your money to keep the government running (local and federal) is due. How do you feel about writing those checks?

We’ve a friend that just bought a large property to keep from paying so much taxes. What he fails to see is that he’s spending more money on the property than he would on the taxes. I just don’t get that. I will say that I don’t like where some of my tax dollars are spent, but that’s another post altogether.

  58 comments for “Wednesdays Question

  1. April 15, 2015 1:52 am at 1:52 am

    Living overseas we get an automatic extension, but like most people taxes are not my favorite subject. We have to pay taxes in two countries now. It's complicated and expensive.

    • April 15, 2015 11:52 am at 11:52 am

      Yikes on paying taxes twice. That doesn't seem right. πŸ™

  2. April 15, 2015 2:47 am at 2:47 am

    Tax day for me was actually a few months ago. I always file in February. Just another day in Paradise. Except now I also have to pay for Obama Care, which is basically like another tax because I pay it but it wont pay a damn thing unless I have catastophic health situation. That sounds like Lose-Lose to me. But then that's a sore subject for me… best left to non-discussion.

    big hugs xoxo

    • April 15, 2015 11:53 am at 11:53 am

      There are many here that don't like their coverage under Obama Care. It's not all it's cracked up to be. πŸ™

  3. April 15, 2015 2:54 am at 2:54 am

    It's also slightly different here but not anything to look forward to heheh!

    Have a taxtastic day Sandee :-h

    • April 15, 2015 11:53 am at 11:53 am

      Ours are already paid so I'm not having a bad day Steve. πŸ™‚

  4. April 15, 2015 4:26 am at 4:26 am

    There is legitimate work governments need to do, and since that work is to benefit all the people who live in a country, there should be taxes paid to fund that work from all the people.
    How the government collects it (sales tax, VAT, income tax, etc.) and what are the legitimate works of government are different discussions.
    It wouldn't bother me to pay taxes if i knew the money was being used correctly.

    • April 15, 2015 11:53 am at 11:53 am

      We are borrowing way, way more than we are taking in. Way way more. πŸ™‚

  5. April 15, 2015 4:34 am at 4:34 am

    I'm with messymimi. Taxes are necessary in order for the government to do certain things, like build roads and have an army. However, the way it's done, the amount that is taken, and the things the government think are necessary is a whole different discussion.

    • April 15, 2015 11:54 am at 11:54 am

      A way different discussion. πŸ™‚

  6. April 15, 2015 4:51 am at 4:51 am

    Well, since I am older than dirt, I don't have to pay taxes since my only income is Social Security. And that isn't much. But I do think it is a necessary evil. Sandee, you and Zane and my favorite, Little Bit have a great day.

    • April 15, 2015 11:55 am at 11:55 am

      Well, at least you don't have that aggravation. πŸ™‚

  7. April 15, 2015 4:55 am at 4:55 am

    I think they could spend my money better, but some governments don't let you keep anything!

    • April 15, 2015 11:55 am at 11:55 am

      This is true. I think most working Americans give the first three months of their salary to taxes. It may be more than that now. πŸ™‚

  8. April 15, 2015 5:00 am at 5:00 am

    I was in charge of scraping together the payment this year (we take turns). We live in a state that takes city, state, and federal. Not fun a'tall.

    • April 15, 2015 11:56 am at 11:56 am

      I live in California and they tax everything. And often. So I can so relate. πŸ™‚

  9. April 15, 2015 5:09 am at 5:09 am

    We spend our money wisely and balance our checkbooks, living within our means. The guvmint is now a sugar daddy to too many, acting as provider more than protector as designed. Arrrgghh.

    Big hugs from soggy nawth Jawjah, honey…

    • April 15, 2015 11:57 am at 11:57 am

      We do the same honey. We've always had a budget and we follow that budget. We do have too many takers though. πŸ™‚

  10. April 15, 2015 5:55 am at 5:55 am

    It's a little different here in Canada. The arrangements are quite different and it's kind of hard to explain. At times I'm confused. That's why my accountant does it for me.Thank God for her. She's does wonders for us.
    Have a wonderful Wednesday Sandee. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

    • April 15, 2015 11:58 am at 11:58 am

      Every country has their own system, but taking our money is always their objective. πŸ™‚

  11. April 15, 2015 6:14 am at 6:14 am

    I have never minded paying taxes for two reasons: !) If I'm paying taxes that means I'm making money, and 2) I want the kind of government that does things. Sure, if I could be in charge of how our taxes dollars are spent I'd make cuts in some places but I'd add in other places. We all have our pet peeves when it comes to how our taxes are spent but it's a necessary part of living in a civilized society.

    • April 15, 2015 11:58 am at 11:58 am

      Your first point has always been our mantra too. I just wish our government would work on the massive debt. πŸ™

  12. April 15, 2015 6:54 am at 6:54 am

    I will always pay my share, it's the right thing to do. Having said that I do love it when I don't owe MORE on 4/15! lol

    smiles, bee

    • April 15, 2015 11:59 am at 11:59 am

      Me too honey. We wrote two checks this month. Bugger. πŸ™‚

  13. April 15, 2015 6:56 am at 6:56 am

    There's lots of things people do to avoid taxes but most realize you make it, you pay it. Even our client who had to pay in $1.5 million today understood! πŸ™‚

    Happy Tax Day Sandee! Scritches to Little Bit!

    • April 15, 2015 11:59 am at 11:59 am

      When you pay 1.5 million then you're making some serious money. πŸ™‚

  14. April 15, 2015 8:25 am at 8:25 am

    I don't mind paying my fair share of taxes because the money is necessary for our country to provide the services that we all expect in a first world country. Keywords here are FAIR SHARE. I wonder how some skells like Al Sharpton live with themselves when all they do is take and never give back. How he still has a lucrative job on MSNBC is a mystery to me.

    • April 15, 2015 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm

      Yes Al is a huge tax cheat, but no one seems to care much. πŸ™

    • April 15, 2015 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm

      Too many in our country don't bother to know and would gladly follow in Sharpton's path. They don't care about fair play and never will. Free stuff is the mantra and that worries me.

    • April 15, 2015 4:08 pm at 4:08 pm

      Free stuff is worrying those of us that work. The ones with their hands out don't worry one bit. πŸ™

  15. April 15, 2015 9:40 am at 9:40 am

    Every year we end up getting a bit back since we have taxes withdrawn on a monthly basis from our pensions and Social Security…..however I resent how my money is squandered in some places and how the folks in WDC and Sacramento think they always need MORE. But as you said that is a whole "nother subject! Cheers!

    • April 15, 2015 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm

      We do quarterlies here and it does help. I can't imagine how much we'd have to cough up if we didn't. Not an option for us either because they tell us each year that we will pay quarterlies. πŸ™‚

  16. April 15, 2015 10:28 am at 10:28 am

    I don't like the gov taking my money and spending it as THEY see fit. If I want to contribute to a certain group of people or organization that should be my choice not theirs but as the Bible says, "render unto Ceasar that which is Ceasars.." The problem is "Ceasar" is, always has, and forever will, take more than his fair share and that's bs.

    • April 15, 2015 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm

      I do agree with you and my taxes is higher each year. It's way higher. πŸ™‚

  17. April 15, 2015 11:41 am at 11:41 am

    I recently watched a documentary that stated that in the US, there is no law stating we must pay federal income tax. The documentary also said that most, if not all of the federal income tax we pay goes toward debt (principal and interest) owed to the Federal Reserve, a private organization. I don't mind paying taxes, I just want it to go to the help the people of the United States, not bankers or private institutions.

    • April 15, 2015 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm

      Big business always seems to control the money don't they. Yet our government is always talking about the 1% and the 1% is being protected by the government. πŸ™

  18. April 15, 2015 1:44 pm at 1:44 pm

    My mom is afraid to make too much money because it will "throw her in a higher tax bracket." I've explained that even if she gets into a higher bracket, she'll STILL be making more money than she pays out in taxes. Someone did a whole demonstration of it out there but it was too complicated for me to grasp. Basically, even if you're paying 28 percent instead of 20 percent in taxes (just grabbing a number), it's still 28 percent of MORE money than you would have had a at 20 percent!

    • April 15, 2015 4:06 pm at 4:06 pm

      Taxes are very confusing anyway. You're right though. πŸ™‚

  19. April 15, 2015 1:48 pm at 1:48 pm

    We always file our taxes as soon as we both get our w-2's. Thankfully we always get a little something back from federal.

    • April 15, 2015 4:06 pm at 4:06 pm

      Getting something back is a very good thing. πŸ™‚

  20. April 15, 2015 3:15 pm at 3:15 pm

    I really don't mind paying my fair share of taxes, I just wish that the government would do a much better job of managing the funds. There is so much fraud, waste, and mismanagement that it's a wonder anything gets done.

    • April 15, 2015 4:07 pm at 4:07 pm

      They are pretty terrible about managing those funds indeed. πŸ™‚

  21. April 15, 2015 4:50 pm at 4:50 pm

    omg please. Don't get me started. We are STILL paying off $1700 that we owed in 2013 and we just paid $400 something for this year and combined my husband and I make nothing. We live paycheck to paycheck…it nauseates me.

    • April 15, 2015 5:02 pm at 5:02 pm

      And the taxes just keep going up and up. I can't believe what we paid this last year and our quarterlies are way higher for this year. WAY higher. πŸ™

  22. April 15, 2015 5:47 pm at 5:47 pm

    I don't think anyone likes paying taxes, but it would be far worse to live in a country where there is no effective government and you're under the threat of war.

    • April 15, 2015 5:53 pm at 5:53 pm

      We're heading in the direction now. Our government becomes less effective all the time. πŸ™

  23. April 15, 2015 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm

    I might get the boot for this, but a few years ago the hubs and I threw a pretty big tea party after the stimulus bill passed. Five thousand people showed up. I am fine paying taxes, just not always happy how the government spends it.

    • April 16, 2015 6:48 am at 6:48 am

      You won't get the boot from me. Most of my buddies are more on the conservative side than the liberal side. Not to worry. πŸ™‚

  24. Jim
    April 16, 2015 6:53 am at 6:53 am

    I put in an extension yesterday afternoon. I was second in line at our P.O.
    There were two for the IRS, the extension and then the first "extra" (1040-E) payment for this year. I will get just a little back from last year.
    It's okay, as long as they spend OUR money wisely and not too much.

    • April 16, 2015 11:24 am at 11:24 am

      I agree Jim, I agree. πŸ™‚

  25. April 16, 2015 8:13 am at 8:13 am

    I no longer have to pay taxes, YAY!

    • April 16, 2015 11:24 am at 11:24 am

      If that makes you happy then it's all good. πŸ™‚

  26. April 16, 2015 8:21 pm at 8:21 pm

    We had a small refund that was credited to next year's taxes

    • April 16, 2015 8:21 pm at 8:21 pm

      Next year will be a whole not her issue

  27. April 18, 2015 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm

    Boy. Don't get me started! I cannot help but notice that when the United States first became the United States NO ONE HAD TAXES! Even as recently as the 1910's, 1920's taxes were occasional and usually only levied against the "haves". War time turned that all around when the president said "We need taxes because we are at war, and when we are no longer at war, we will go back to no taxes" … looks like we are still at war. When we collected NO taxes the government functioned fantastically and served all of the needs of the people: We had an army, aide programs, and and and and annnnnd! Now the government increases our taxes every year or so and STILL they can't balance the budget!!! It is RIDICULOUS to expect anyone to pay 25c off of every dollar when they themselves struggle to get by! I am very much in favor of living in this wonderful country, and I am very grateful for the things we have: like an army, a judicial system, police and firefighters, an extensive library system, free education, etc. etc. etc. … but everyone must operate within their budget. When the money runs out, you have to stop spending. This includes you, government. Let's go to Washington, Sandee. We'll clear this whole thing up in a week.

    • April 19, 2015 8:13 am at 8:13 am

      You and I feel much alike about this. We are in a big mess and of course it's all Bush's fault. This administration has outdone Bush by leaps and bounds. Bunch of crooks in Washington D.C. They line their pockets while stealing from our pockets. πŸ™

  28. April 27, 2015 7:00 pm at 7:00 pm

    We always get money back.
    I hear some people say we shouldn't get money back.
    But, it sure beats paying money in. Plus, those once a year checks are nice!

    • April 28, 2015 6:22 am at 6:22 am

      If you can get money back good for you. We pay, pay and pay. I'd love to get some money back. πŸ™‚

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