Have you seen those TV ads claiming to help people pay less on the taxes they owe to the government? Some of the people are rejoicing because they owed millions (not exagerating) but thanks to the company they got off with only paying a couple of thousand.
I don't understand how people can owe that much in back taxes. I can't help but wonder how much money the government loses each year to those who fail to pay their taxes and then find a way to get out of paying what they owe.
I'm not talking about honest mistakes that people make. One year we paid our taxes but forgot to file. The government cashed the check and took our money and then, a couple of months later they fined us for not filing! We had to pay a penalty because we didn't send the paperwork in with the check. They could have called us when they got the check and said, "Hey, we think you forgot something," but no! They cashed the check and waited until after the deadline and then fined us. No big deal. We made a mistake, we paid the fine.
I'm talking about the people who knowingly fail to pay hoping they won't get caught or that someone will bail them out.
What really bothers me is that the Feds would have come after us had we not paid the fine. We would have had to pay court fees, lawyer fees and any penalty they levied against us. We work for the gov't so we could have lost our jobs, our homes and retiremments.
And yet, thanks to these wonderful new tax consulting firms, people can decide not to pay their taxes and get away with it. They can find legal ways to get out of their responsibility to their country, their community and their neighbors. Their irresponsibility affects our schools, our local police police and emergency servicies, our men and women in the military--even our health care system.
The mass media always talks about the way government wastes money. Perhaps they shoud talk about the people who get out of paying taxes forcing the rest of us to shoulder the burden of their failed responsibilities.