Taxes revolting? You can get an extension, you know…

By | April 13, 2009

No tax credit for my Prius?! That bites. On I slog through the numbers…

This quote from WRH is interesting to me. If we voted with our tax dollars, we would have a real democracy, not a representative democracy. The problem is, people are too uninformed to make good decisions (supposedly) and that is why we have a representative democracy. I’d like to see what happens in a real democracy for 10 years or so. How bad could it get?

Let us repeal all taxes across the board and offer a shopping list. The list has everything the government might want to do a place to check a box and the cost to the individual tax payer for that program. Items would include schools, hospitals, roads, space exploration, new jobs development, bombs, pay raises for Congress, money for Israel, bailouts for Wall Street, etc.

A taxpayer would simply check off those things he agrees we should all have and is taxed accordingly. I would agree to pay for schools, hospitals, good roads and job development.

The taxpayers would pay for those things we think we need, and NOT pay for nonsense and frills that have no place in our society.

Is that not Democracy in action?

Meanwhile, the revolt has not happened and we still have to file.

Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the TreasuryThis year, anyone, regardless of income, can e-file their extensions at no cost from a home computer using IRS traditional FreeFile or FreeFile Fillable Forms. E-filing a request for an extension using either form of FreeFile is convenient, safe and secure, and taxpayers receive confirmation to keep with their records.

Here are some statistics. Are you getting above or below the average refund?

2009 FILING SEASON STATISTICS

Cumulative through the weeks ending 3/28/08 and 3/27/09

Individual Income Tax Returns

2008

2009

% Change

Total Receipts

86,817,000

84,586,000

-2.6%

Total Processed

81,644,000

81,970,000

0.4%

E-filing Receipts:

TOTAL

62,237,000

65,932,000

5.9%

Tax Professionals

43,366,000

43,329,000

-0.1%

Self-prepared

18,870,000

22,603,000

19.8%

Web Usage:

Visits to IRS.gov

120,604,000

147,478,000

22.3%

Total Refunds:

Number

69,823,000

72,290,000

3.5%

Amount

$172.017

Billion

$196.563

Billion

14.3%

Average refund

$2,464

$2,719

10.4%

Direct Deposit Refunds:

Number

50,788,000

55,202,000

8.7%

Amount

$140.216

Billion

$164.657

Billion

17.4%

Average refund

$2,761

$2,983

8.0%

One thought on “Taxes revolting? You can get an extension, you know…

  1. James

    A true democracy sounds awesome. I am a bit of an anarchist (well perhaps a LOT of an anarchist) and would love to see some new systems being tried or tested even at the cost of craziness for a while.

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