2005.03.24

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Letís decide alone about our taxes

 

Taxes have a purpose to serve the common needs of people. People should determine such needs, but they have influences to the creation of tax policy almost nowhere. For example, workers were never asked how much they would like to pay for taxes. What is even worse, they do not have influence in how the tax money will be spent. Formally, this spending is provided by governments and parliaments. Yes, we choose our governments democratically following their proposals at elections. But we cannot rely much on it because they rarely keep their promises. For example, I have never heard any governments proposed tax increases at elections; however the practice shows that taxes grow. 

The Governments are supposed to use the tax money to follow the interests of the people, but they donít. The control over the accumulated money through taxes gives the biggest power in the state and the governments tend to spend the tax-collected money in the way they like. However, even governments do not have the biggest control over this money. In the western world, rich people have the biggest power. They have invented a very developed mechanism that gives them control over everything including the tax-collected money. The mechanism starts with friendly advices and lobbing of governments and representatives in parliaments and finishes with corruption and blackmailing. They are very successful in it and that means the collective spending follows the interests of a few and not of the people. This is not fair. We all pay taxes but only some have power to use it. That must be changed. 

In the new system I have proposed, nobody will be able to take the power that belongs to the people. Each person will have the right to participate directly in forming the tax policy. Each person will do it by splitting their own gross income into a part intended for own spending and a part intended for taxes. All of the workers will split their incomes in such way. The total sum of the money intended for taxes to the community, will form the total amount of money for taxes. This amount will then be collected from workers proportionately to their income heights. Maybe I was not clear enough: The individuals will not pay taxes in the amount that they want, they will participate in creating the total amount of tax money and then this money will be taken from workers proportionately to their income height.

In the same manner, the people can make further allocation of the tax money for the various common expenses groups. It could be money for health care, education, building new objects or infrastructure, etc. Theoretically, the people can further decide on distribution of the money inside the groups as long as they have interests in it. Managers will perform the final distribution. They will make the best possible money distribution for people because they will pay their responsibilities for doing it to the people by receiving evaluations for their work from the people. 

The new tax policy will significantly contribute to the development of society without matter of what kind of decisions the people will make about taxes. Following the living experience, the people will learn how much money needs to be allocated for taxes and what is the best way to spend it. They will obviously allocate more money in the fields of their largest interests. In such a simple way the communal spending will most efficiently follow the interests of the people and the people will be most satisfied with it. Once the people get the power to decide about taxes and how the collected money would be spent, nobody will be able to take this power from them because they would not allow it.

 

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