Is it Okay to Cheat on Your Taxes? #IRS

Category: Moral Question of the Week, Weekly Columns

Taxes

Taxes. About half of Americans pay them. So, this question is for that half. Do you think it is alright to cheat on your taxes? If “cheat” is too volatile a word, let’s say “fudge” a bit here and there? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

  • http://freetraffictip.com Tinu

    Wait. Only half of Americans pay taxes? Where’d you get that figure?

    To answer the question, I don’t cheat. There’s no need, I learned by working for a really great tax attorney in my 20s.

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      @Tinu:disqus – check it out (google it) – and only a VERY small percentage of Americans pay the VAST majority of (income) taxes. EVERYONE pays sales tax. EVERYONE pays tax on gas, cigarettes, liquor, etc. We are taxed in so many ways we don’t even acknowledge. The worst one and the one that is most evil IMO is the “death tax” that people pay on inheritance – it’s really a double tax and is completely immoral!

      • http://freetraffictip.com Tinu

        That is Shocking.

        • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

          @Tinu:disqus – how many people in the U.S. are on Food Stamps? Gotten MUCH bigger in the past few years! Why?

          • http://freetraffictip.com Tinu

            Because more people need it I would expect. Or population growth. And I don’t remember this many recessions from when I was a kid.

            Most of the people I know who are *supposed* to be on food stamps either can’t get them, or refuse to do so. (Having assisted a person in getting it once, I know first hand that it’s almost a full time job just to prove you qualify, at least in the places I’ve lived. As it should be. That’s not monopoly money.)

            I’m in the second camp- most people with my particular type of disability do not work, and that’s from way before this entitlement era came along.

          • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

            @Tinu:disqus – I believe it’s become EASIER and EASIER to “qualify” in the past few years and I believe more and more people are abusing the system as well as those that seek disability when they don’t have real meaningful problems/disabilities!

          • http://freetraffictip.com Tinu

            I’m not out to change anyone’s beliefs, or to agree or disagree. You asked me a question and I shared my experiences and information. For me it’s not about the emotion of the issue. I take emotion out of it, and look at the data. From the mix of those two things, everyone is going to come to their own conclusions that make sense IF they consider both.

            When was the last time someone really changed your beliefs with arguments? It rarely happens. The vast majority of people do not have open minds or base their ideas on data. Which is fine if it works -otherwise humans would not even be able to walk in a straight line without changing their minds!

            So I don’t like or dislike people based on whether or not they disagree with me, although my respect goes way up for people who take the time to listen. So thanks for that.

          • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

            @Tinu:disqus – again, we are agreeing. It’s sad how many VOTING Americans don’t take the time to get informed and get influenced by marketing and ads. As far as facts go, they can be picked and chosen much as statistics can be “interpreted” one way or another. So, the whole thing is a difficult process IF you don’t make the effort to sort through it all…

        • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

          @Tinu:disqus – America used to be a country that was about self-reliance. It used to be a country where anyone who was willing to DO THE WORK could make it! Now, we’re a country of entitlements and gimmes. Do you know why that’s changed so drastically?

          • http://freetraffictip.com Tinu

            I wouldn’t fully agree with that. Looking at the numbers in proportion rather than quantity, I believe it’s partly going in that direction, and partly that we’re more aware of this part of the shift than we were in past generations because the information is more available. It also gets a disproportionate amount of mass media coverage in proportion to the reality and how it affects this country.

            For the part of the world that is going that way, I’d say part of that is cultural. Because the parts of America I know of that aren’t like that have strong local community bonds, are first or second generation children of immigrants, or for some other reason have it embedded in the culture from a young age that the gimmes are a last resort, not a first choice. Those that aren’t, in my observations anyway, seem to be going with the message that they should have it easier.

          • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

            @Tinu:disqus – I think we’re mostly on the same page!

  • David Weber

    Taxes exist in a context of statute, which are open to interpretation (as shown in the toilet cartoon). Different people are going to feel differently about how loosely they will interpret the statutes relevant to their tax liability. The question is not so much is it OK to cheat/fudge, it’s more, What are the guidelines you will follow for interpreting relevant statutes?

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      Okay Professor, you had to analyze the question rather than simply answer it! I love you! Did you know that HALF of Americans pay NO (Income) TAX at all! We should simply have consumption taxes and we’d be so better off …