Stealing from the government
A quote from Benjamin Franklin sparked my curiosity on the amount of people who feel it’s OK to “steal” from the government.
There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government
So I entered the following search into Google: “statistics cheating taxes”. Click the link to see the full results, but here’s a sampling:
cheating taxes — “101 ways to cheat on your taxes and not get caught”
tax cheating software
Leave No Tax Cheat Behind
I didn’t find any concise statistics (although I must admit that I really didn’t look very hard) . But obviously there is plenty of interest in cheating the government. I have a few friends that pride themselves in being able to hide earnings from the IRS. And it seems that others don’t condemn these actions. It’s as if when they hear of these triumphs over the evil IRS, they want to know the secrets in order to take advantage.
Is it really stealing? Is it truly dishonest? If there is a loophole in the tax laws that you are able to exploit, is it honest to take advantage of that loophole? After all, you are obeying the law.
I think most would agree that we need taxes. Without taxes, our communities, states and nations could not function. Roads would not exist (at least not in the condition we expect). We would have no such thing as parks. Schools would all be private and only those who are wealthy would be able to afford to send their children to acquire an elementary education.
We all complain about taxes because it’s a huge chunk of money that comes from our “hard earned” paycheck. So does that justify our desire to withhold the taxes we owe? Does it justify “stealing” from the government?
When we find loopholes in the tax laws, we are only hurting ourselves and our neighbors. If we don’t pay for the parks and schools, then the neighbors will. Some people are fine with “letting” the neighbors pay, but the truly honest will realize that it’s not right.