How Much Are Floridians REALLY Paying In Taxes?


Today is Tax Day 2018, the day when most Floridians actually think about taxes. We hit “Send” or seal the envelope and it’s over for another year. Out of mind, if not out of wallet. Actually, we’ve just begun another year of paying to be Floridian, paying to be American.

What we often forget is we work to pay taxes much of the year. Even people who don’t work pay taxes. In addition to federal income taxes

  • We pay state and county sales taxes every time we buy something, even over the Internet;
  • When we fill up at the pump, we pay gasoline taxes to the state, county and often, the city;
  • Residents and business owners pay county and city property taxes, whether they own land or pay indirectly through rent. Sometimes you even pay something called “special district” taxes, for “special” things.
  • And school taxes, whether you have children or not, you will pay to educate others.

Sometimes it seems government is in business to tax, not to serve the public that created it to serve them!

According to The Tax Foundation, a Washington, D.C. anti-tax think tank, the average Floridian worked until April 13 to pay all their federal, state and local taxes. More than a quarter of the year spent in working for government services. And what do you have to show for it? A few traffic lights, a park, maybe that policeman who gave you a speeding ticket? Do you get what you want for your tax dollars?

More astonishingly, The Tax Foundation estimates we now spend more on federal taxes than we spend to buy food. Add in state and local taxes to the tax bill, and each American now pays more to government than they pay for food, clothing and housing. We pay the government more to exist than we pay to survive.

“Taxes are Florida families’ single biggest expense, more than food, housing and clothing combined,” said Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro. “It’s important that they are kept informed about the changing size of their tax bill, so they can decide if they are getting the government they pay for.”

Why should we pay for what we don’t want? How much did you pay to drop those 105 bombs on Syria last week? At nearly $2 million each, pretty damn much. Despite the visuals of children and adults suffering, was it worth it to you?

Libertarians have a better idea: pay what you want to have. Want a car and be able to drive somewhere in relative safety? Check Box A. Want a policeman to come around to your house to check on a burglary? Pay a one-time fee. Want a park? Pay a fee to go to it. Want to send your kid to a “public school” instead of a “private” one? Pay a fee (they all become private as a result.)

Think about it.

Author: J Mark Barfield

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