Tax is known to be a burden to every taxpayer. If you earn an income, whether from business or employment, you generally need to pay an income tax. If you do business, whether you gain or loss, you are normally required to remit business taxes. Taxes can be local or can be national. Income tax and business taxes (e.g., value added tax, percentage tax and excise tax) are examples of national taxes imposed on taxpayers. On the other hand, local taxes include permits, licenses and other taxes imposed by local government units. Thus, taxes may initially give unfavorable impressions and impact in our daily lives. But why our government imposed such burdens?
Taxation has four main purposes – revenue, redistribution, repricing and representation. The main purpose, revenue, raises money to spend on infrastructures (roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, et cetera), systems and government regulations. The second, which is redistribution, means transferring wealth from the richer sections (big companies and individual) to poorer sections. The third purpose, repricing, is imposed to discourage activities like smoking, drunkenness and pollution. Representation, the fourth purpose, came from the American revolutionary slogan “no taxation without representation”. This implied that rulers tax citizens, and citizens demand accountability from their rulers as the other part of this bargain.
The law was created to bring regulation, harmony and equality among people throughout the land. Taxes are imposed with clear purposes as cited in the previous paragraph. But what makes people liars and tax evaders? Is it the tax law? The law is good. The law protects the nation’s welfare. The evils are not in the law. Those evils are found in the hearts of men.
If you are a “taxpayer” you should pay tax as your name suggests. A person who does not pay his tax dues cannot be called a taxpayer but a “tax evader”. As for the “tax collectors” you should collect taxes for the government welfare. People who collect taxes for their own and selfish consumption can be called “thieves”. Therefore my brothers, let us stop these lies and greediness in our hearts before our God and the law of our lands punish and condemn us. The government has created laws that need our respect. We shall all (taxpayers, tax collectors and government officials) obey them.
And the words of God were delivered unto you. Let us not forget them.
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.
My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor detest His correction; For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:11-12