Posted to Storytell on March 4, 2007:
I couldn't resist sharing this tax ditty!
In Holland, back in the 1800's people began closing in windows on their houses because a house was taxed based on the number windows it had! While at a bed and breakfast in Louisiana last week we came across the Milbanks house with closed in windows. When I asked the host about the closed in windows she didn't know the reason so we told her why owners chose to close in windows in Holland.
Look around your area, particularly old homes built in the 1800's. I am finding out that was is true for one country is true for many countries. If we can tax you here, we can tax you there!
Here's a humorous thought: Wouldn't be great if we "imagined" taxes didn't exist anymore! Let's imagine a way for taxes to be appropriate and equitable for all without being a burden! I love my taxes when I don't have to pay them! :)
I received this via email and thought you might enjoy this ditty on taxes!
What Happened? At first I thought this was funny... then I realized the awful truth of it. Be sure to read all the way to the end! Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table At which he's fed. Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes Are the rule. Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat. Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt. Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he Tries to think. Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries, then Tax his tears. Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways To tax his ass Tax all he has Then let him know That you won't be done Till he has no dough. When he screams and hollers, Then tax him some more, Tax him till He's good and sore. Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in Which he's laid. Put these words upon his tomb, "Taxes drove me to my doom..." When he's gone, Do not relax, Its time to apply The inheritance tax. Accounts Receivable Tax Building Permit Tax CDL license Tax Cigarette Tax Corporate Income Tax Dog License Tax Federal Income Tax Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Fishing License Tax Food License Tax, Fuel permit tax Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon) Hunting License Tax Inheritance Tax Interest expense In ventory tax IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax) Liquor Tax Luxury Taxes Marriage License Tax Medicare Tax Property Tax Real Estate Tax Service charge taxes Social Security Tax Road usage taxes Sales Tax Recreational Vehicle Tax School Tax State Income Tax State Unemployment Tax (SUTA) Telephone federal excise tax Telephone federal universal service fee tax Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax < BR>Telephone state and local tax Telephone usage charge tax Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft registration Tax Well Permit Tax Workers Compensation Tax COMMENTS: Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. What happened? (And I still have to "press 1" for English I hope this goes around world 10 times)
Truth is taxes have been around a long, long time. The tax men were around even in biblical times. As I traveled from country to country, it was easy to see how others are taxed by their government. Frankly, I think the governments must get together and compare notes. Someone once shared with me that paying taxes is an opportunity to be grateful for all the many benefits we enjoy. Iíve commented before, poor folks in Jamaica have no way of paying for their childrenís education. We on the other hand have free educational services galore for our children, no matter how inequitable they may be.
I give thanks for my taxes.