(UnitedVoice.com) – If you file your taxes every year, you are woefully aware of how much money you pay to Uncle Sam or your state and local governments. But, have you ever thought that you’re paying more in taxes than you realize?
When all is said and done, you are paying a massive amount of money in taxes and don’t even know it because it’s out of sight, out of mind.
That makes it easy for politicians to collect more money without creating an uproar from the public.
I’m going to show you some of the taxes you are paying that you may not be aware of and then provide you with an example of how the government is taking money from you without you even knowing it.
How Are You Paying Taxes Without Knowing It?
Some taxes are obvious and some are not. In fact, it’s almost impossible to determine what you’re really paying unless you do some research and make a lot of calculations on your own.
The obvious ones include sales and gasoline taxes.
Then, there are the not so obvious forms of taxes you give to the government through various methods.
There are hundreds of federal agencies and each uses regulations and rules to enforce broad laws that Congress passes. Between 1995 and 2017, federal agencies created 88,899 rules and regulations. Each year, dozens or hundreds of new regulations are characterized as “major,” “economically significant,” or “significant” — and the annual costs can add up to an additional $100 million in economic impact.
The tricky part is figuring out the real amount being taken from taxpayers from unfunded Congressional mandates. An unfunded mandate is when Congress says that a state or local government must, by the force of law, do “something” and the state or local governments are responsible to pay for it. This way, the federal government is shielded from paying the bill and reporting it in their numbers while also controlling state and local governments without the responsibility or accountability.
Fees and Surcharges
All levels of government charge fees and surcharges which are additional ways for federal and state agencies to raise more revenue without calling it a tax. The following services are just some that require a government fee or surcharge:
- A mobile phone or landline
- Electricity at your home or business
- Cable or satellite TV
- Commercial flights
- 911 service
- Infrastructure fees
- Municipal right of way fees
- Municipal Development fees
And the list goes on and on…
Why at Least 40% of a Whole Chicken at the Grocery Store Are Taxes Built into It
Have you ever wondered why a whole chicken at the grocery store could cost as much as $10?
I’m going to tell you why, and this same methodology applies to virtually everything else you buy.
Here is why the chicken costs so much:
- A chicken farmer has to pay taxes on his feed and equipment. The farmer also pays property taxes, gasoline taxes, and surcharges and fees on phones and electricity.
- When chickens are sold, the farmer then has to pay taxes on income as well as employee taxes for both himself and any employees.
- The transportation company that picks up the chickens pays for the same thing as the farmer… gasoline taxes, maintenance taxes (tire replacements, repairs, etc.), employee taxes, phone surcharges, and more.
- When delivered to the processing plant, the company that owns the plant pays property taxes, fees, and surcharges on electricity and phones, employee taxes, 911 service fees, and any other local fees and taxes.
- The company that transports the product for sale to the grocery store pays the same taxes as the transportation company that picked up the chickens from the farmer.
- Finally, the grocery store pays a sales tax when they buy chickens from the plant to resell, plus property taxes, employee taxes, fees and surcharges, and any other state or local taxes.
- Consumers pay sales taxes on the chicken — plus gasoline taxes to get there and electricity surcharges and fees built into the electric bill to prevent the chicken from spoiling.
In the business world, this would be a Ponzi scheme. At a quick glance, each and every chicken is being taxed numerous times. These taxes are built into the final price of the product that consumers ultimately pay for, not the companies. They pass the cost of those taxes on to the consumer and the only one who wins is the government.
Governments have learned that people don’t ask questions when they don’t see the bill or pay for it directly out of their pockets. Yet, the federal government alone collected record taxes in 2019 and still managed to spend $1 trillion more than was collected.
How long can this go on? As long as you aren’t aware of all the taxes you pay, it will go on forever.
At least, that’s what politicians are counting on.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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