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  • Tax Freedom Day Video: We are Never Really Free

    Tax Freedom Day is the day in the year when we have earned enough income to pay our total tax bill for the year. It is a simple way to illustrate the cost of government and can be applied to countries around the world.

    In the U.S., according to the Tax Foundation, Tax Freedom Day was April 13 this year. That means it took all Americans from January 1 to April 13 to earn enough income to pay taxes in 2009.

    The Fraser Institute in Canada calculates Tax Freedom Day for Canada. They found that Canadians will work until June 6 to pay their tax bill for 2009.

    Canada’s Tax Freedom Day is so much later than ours because their government spends more. A big part of that additional spending is for nationalized healthcare. To pay for larger government, Canada has a value-added tax (VAT) that substantially increases the taxes of all Canadians.

    A VAT is national sales tax that would raise the prices of all the goods and services we buy. Unfortunately for U.S. taxpayers it is now being discussed as a way to raise more revenue here in the U.S. to close massive budget deficits. A much better solution would be to cut spending.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMbe0NQfeQs[/youtube]

    A VAT, or another broad-based tax that raises substantial revenue, might be inevitable if nationalized healthcare is passed and Congress needs trillions of dollars of new revenue to pay for it.

    To celebrate their impending freedom, the Fraser Institute released the amusing video below. Although it is for a Canadian audience, many of the same principles apply.

    Here in the U.S., just as in Canada, we pay taxes each and every day on a variety of products and activities. And just as in Canada, we pay more for taxes than we do on clothing, food, and housing combined.

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    7 Responses to Tax Freedom Day Video: We are Never Really Free

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    2. Barb -mn says:

      Nice one. Very creative. But depressing.

      All government with and of ethics wouldn't be taxing necessities of survival. Food, drink (non-alcoholic as alcohol alters the abilities), housing, clothing, medical, etc.

    3. Barb -mn says:

      creatively put together, I meant.

    4. Carl, PA says:

      I'm looking for statistics for the estimated real tax freedom day.

      Adding FICA, excise, real estate, and sales taxes.

      Plus the other hidden taxes like state regulated casinoes and such!

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    6. Wrong definition of Value Added Tax is linked wonderfully to that of contemporary tax amnesty. This is to the point that, when it became obvious that without respite for the taxpayer and amnesty was thought to be the appropriate program, amnesty was wrongly defined in “tax amnesty” and replicated in all countries that ever underwent such a program. This is to the extent that Greece, from whose indigenous language Greek word “amnesia” amnesty derives its meaning, implemented such tax amnesty yet continues to sink into deeper and deeper throes of economic woes. On the net, regrettably, Greece has become a laughing stock. Greeks are fantabulously rich, yet, Greece is poor. Greeks are not common people common people on Earth and we have to take them seriously. If tax regulators are not going to come down to earth and tell simple truths, give simple and true definitions for which in turn citizens would feel free and secured to tell the truth, Greece economy is a shining example of what befalls the EU and the rest of the world at large. United States needs to take a cue.

    7. Tax regulators, economists and commentators are observed making policies, pulling out formulas and running commentaries on or based on or both wrong definitions or wrong wording of laws, regulations, rules, notices, etc. which leave everybody in total confusion. Let us become critical of confusion in governance existing in our society, especially due to tax and address it.

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