For those of you who procrastinate, now is the time (that’s me this year…) April 17th this year to get the Federal and State tribute completed. But what about “hidden taxes?”
I stumbled across this chart and was unpleasantly surprised to see the growth in the gas tax over the past 20 years. It’s invisible since it’s rarely broken out of the total taxes paid on a gallon of fuel. I don’t object to the gas tax per se, but I do believe there should be transparency in the taxes citizens are asked to pay and some consistency applied to the situation.
Property tax, use fees, sales tax, vehicle registration, “insurance,” social security – these are all taxes and they add up quickly. Taxes are necessary to fund our civilization and infrastructure, but I’d prefer one, visible bill that is either usage based or income based. Wouldn’t you?