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04-21-2012, 02:21 PM #21
In other words, if tax money was actually being spent on the things we are told it will be, and not being wasted and squandered, then we wouldn't NEED to be paying so much taxes in the first place.
Hey, I hate paying taxes like everyone else, but realize it's a necessary evil if i want public services instead of living in anarchy-land.
04-21-2012, 02:35 PM #22
I'll give you that public officials waste our tax money, but to what extent that happens I wouldn't know so I can't speak to what percentage we could possibly decrease state/local taxes to spend more frugally.
As far as your assertion about the U.S. 'getting by' just fine before the IRS, you might want to cite some sources, there. From what I found, the Fed has been levying taxes since the Revolution ended, albeit not under the name "Internal Revenue Service" to pay for the Am. Revolution itself, in fact; the Founding Fathers included the proviso allowing Congress to "…lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States." It's true that the Constitution appears to prefer states handle taxation, and since it's STATE taxes at the subject of this story, I'm not sure what your point is about the IRS.
04-21-2012, 03:19 PM #23
If Sprint weren't paying tax that was due what on earth are people moaning about? Or do some of you think tax is optional?
You might disagree with taxes but isn't avoiding taxes illegal in the USA?He who asks a question looks foolish for 5 minutes. He who doesn't ask a question remains foolish forever.
04-21-2012, 05:34 PM #24
04-21-2012, 06:45 PM #25
The federal government isn't suing Sprint; the state of NY is. If folks think that their state politicians are misappropriating funds then they've got choices: (1) hit the pavement in protest of those currently in office to call attention to the abuses, raise enough of a stink to get the public behind you and come election time vote the greedy b*stards out or (2) MOVE.
04-21-2012, 07:42 PM #26
"The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises..." [U.S. Constitution, Section 8, 1st Paragraph] - Written by the Founding Fathers, in case you missed that with your myopic mind.
"The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration." [U.S. Constitution, Amendment 16 - "Status of Income Tax Clarified" - Ratified 2.3.1913]Evolution of an iPhone User:
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04-23-2012, 12:23 PM #27
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