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InvisibleTheHateCamel
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Why are there tax returns?
    #3033295 - 08/21/04 06:07 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Maybe this is something I should know and have never picked up on.

Why (in America) do they tax our income and then return it to us later?

Is there something benefical behind that?

How would it be any different than not taking it in the first place?

Is it so we get a large amount of money and we then put it right back into the system because we feel like we earned it?

What's the deal?


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InvisibleDieCommie
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Re: Why are there tax returns? [Re: TheHateCamel]
    #3033432 - 08/21/04 06:54 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

They withhold money from your check because if they didnt most taxpayers would spend it all because Americans are very bad at personal finance and budgets. Only the poor ones get money back because they dont earn enough to warrant the taxes that were withheld.

I think that answers your question...


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Re: Why are there tax returns? [Re: TheHateCamel]
    #3034354 - 08/21/04 11:03 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

They're just having a laugh.


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Re: Why are there tax returns? [Re: TheHateCamel]
    #3035800 - 08/22/04 11:25 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Well, I'm surprised no one mentioned that they earn interest on your money all year.


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Re: Why are there tax returns? [Re: TheHateCamel]
    #3035911 - 08/22/04 12:25 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

If you get a refund it's your fault for not taking enough exemptions when you filled out your W2 or 4 (I don't remember which). You can always change it. The ideal is to end up with a zero refund and a zero tax due. It's up to you, though, to make the right number of exemptions.


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Re: Why are there tax returns? [Re: zappaisgod]
    #3036215 - 08/22/04 02:23 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

The ideal would be to have zero witholding, and create a tax account where you place the same ammount of money which the government would have otherwise witheld.

This way you can earn interest on YOUR MONEY all year.

If taxes are due at the beginning of the year, where does the government get off disallowing you control of your own money all year before taxes are even due?


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Re: Why are there tax returns? [Re: TheHateCamel]
    #3036591 - 08/22/04 04:57 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

The payroll tax uses stealth means to take your money. If they didn't take it out of every paycheck and then hit people with a bill at the end of the year their would be outrage. The government should give people an itemized list of where their money goes.


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