Pay Your Taxes First Before You Complain

Taxes. Just the mere mention of that word makes the working man cringe. After slaving away for hours each day, he comes home with a salary that has been greatly reduced by withholding taxes. He buys food for his family and every single item of food he buys is also subjected to tax. Next thing you know, he’ll also be paying taxes for the air he breathes.

Though we dread it like a plague, taxes are much needed by the government to fund its social programs. These are used to provide health services to the underprivileged, to build more public schools and classrooms, to ensure our safety and to build roads and bridges. But are the taxes we pay really working for us? Yes, we do see construction workers wielding tools equipped with Delafield hydraulic hose to repair deteriorating roads. And yes, there are government hospitals providing free health care services to indigents. Public schools are being built and the old ones being improved. Unfortunately, these government services are still wanting of better quality and better service.

Of course, we can blame this on government officials who have vested interests and squander government funds that would have otherwise been used to improve the social programs of the government. But then, taxpayers, even the regular Juan, may also have a hand at this. The BIR estimates that as much as P42.1 billion is unpaid by suspected tax dodgers. These include not only wealthy businessmen but also other professionals and entrepreneurs. That’s P42.1 billion that could be used to build more classrooms and provide more medicines for the poor.

Now, before you ask whether your taxes are working for you, better make sure that you are paying your taxes.

9 comments for “Pay Your Taxes First Before You Complain

  1. Clarinda Santiago
    April 16, 2013 at 5:39 am

    As humans, we have our duties to our country. One of those is paying the right taxes. I don’t mind if some percentage of my earnings goes to taxes, as long as I abide by the law…

  2. Erica M. Baylosis
    April 17, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    paying taxes can help our economy get higher

  3. Belinda Ibanez
    April 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Just filed my income tax for last year, i hope government should use our taxes money for a good cause!

  4. Steve del Castillo
    April 21, 2013 at 12:14 am

    hope our goverment uses taxes collected to build schools,roads,etc. not put the money solely to their pockets!

  5. carla venice relayo
    April 22, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    i think we should all pay in time less hassles and less worries,

  6. Roland Savellano
    April 23, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Dapat lang naman na magbayad ng tamang buwis ang mamamayan pra na rin sa ikauunlad ng ating bayan..

  7. John Rozzelle Savellano
    April 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Ok lang po na magbayad ng buwis pero sana po tama rin ang nakokolekta na nilang buwis sa mga mayayaman.

  8. ria
    April 24, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    paying taxes is everyone’s obligation

  9. Ann Quiogue
    April 26, 2013 at 1:53 am

    You can’t complain if you didn’t even help/contribute. It’s as simple as that. Yeah! We know tax matters, for most Filipinos it’s a big chunk of their hard earned salary (I know how it feels.) especially if you’re a bread winner and you can’t even get an exemption or at least lower the tax that you pay. We just hope that these taxes goes to something really worth it for majority. At the end of the day, we still need to pay tax. Just make sure you pay before you complain!

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