C.S. Lewis wrote, “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” Dr. Charles Adams who authored For Good and Evil, the impact of taxes on the course of civilization, wrote, “The tax system is the barometer of the liberty in any society.”
When you place these two quotes in the same paragraph or side by side, do they not remind you of the current tax system in the United States? I have been taught since childhood that it is a privilege to pay taxes and have heard all the political arguments of how much good our government does for us with our taxes. I wonder if my conscience has become so seared that I no longer can recognize what the difference in liberty is and the oppression by those who claim to do good for me with the taxes I pay. It doesn’t take much step from my way of thinking in this case to ask if taxation in the United States has reached tyrannical proportions. Tyranny in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary is simply defined as either “oppressive power, especially the oppressive power exerted by government; or a rigorous condition imposed by some outside agency or force.”
I have been told there are over 100,000 taxing entities within the United States today including local, state, and federal. Each taxing entity has its own legislative statutes made for their rule and direction, each taxing entity has its own bureaucracy, and each taxing entity has its own compliance system for the collection of their taxes. So, when do these government taxing entities help to contribute to a rigorous condition whereby they have imposed their will as an acting agency? In other words, when does taxation in the United States reach tyrannical proportions?
Today, our system of taxation is so complicated it takes special skills to interpret the laws, provide the information required to satisfy the taxing entities, administer the taxes, and even collect the taxes. I know of not one parcel of society that has not been affected by taxation. Taxes are everywhere and effects everyone. Yet, we are constantly being told we are running out of tax money, and there is a great need to help us by producing more. So, a rigorous condition of pressure is imposed on the taxpayers for more taxes. When the taxpayers fall by the wayside because of any condition that may have oppressed them, the need for more tax dollars is even greater to fill the void. The need for more and more taxes seems like a never ending, vicious, and oppressive circle. Since they imply taxation is for our own good, the most oppressive.
If you feel like you are being oppressed by some taxing entity within the United States, the good news is that you still have the right to have a specialist represent you. It would be nice if it were possible to simplify our tax system, but until that time arrives, you will have to rely on the specialist of the day, a tax attorney. If you live in or around the area of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and you have been faced with a taxing dilemma that may seem oppressive, contact us today. We will get you in touch with a tax lawyer in your area who will be able to help you answer all the questions you may have about tax law.