November 16, 2013

Why We Are Taxed

Essay : [Why We Are Taxed]

English Essay on "Why We Are Taxed"

Why We Are Taxed

Every country must have a government of some sort, or life would be impossible. The primary duties of a government are to protect the life and property of the citizens, to maintain law and order, to make and maintain the roads and highways, and to defend the country from foreign foes. Besides all this, government makes arrangements for education, provide hospitals for the sick, and attend to sanitation.

Now all these great public duties need money. An army and navy has to be kept up, the police force have to be paid, school and colleges have to be provided and teachers supported, expert health officers and sanitary engineers employed.

Whether these expenses are borne by the central government or local bodies like town councils, money is needed for them all.

Where all the money needed for these public services to come from The question is answered by another namely, “for whose benefit are all these services maintained’ The answer is for the public.( It is the people as a whole, rich and poor, that benefit by security of life and property, bye sound administration of justice, bye the maintenance of roads and bridges, by the public hospitals, public educational institutions and good sanitation. Therefore, it is only right and fair that the public, individual citizen should contribute the money needed, for the money they give in rates and taxes comes back to them in the shape of these benefits which all enjoy.

This should be sufficient answer to those who grumble at having to pay taxes to government. Of course nobody likes paying taxes. Even those who know that taxation is necessary and just, don’t exactly welcome the tax- collector as a bosom friend. But, so long as we have a good and efficient government, as long as out money is being used in the right way, and so long as the burden of taxation is distributed fairly, we have no right to grumble at having to pay our share of the taxes.

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