Hymn Of A Taxpayer
Note: This article was written after my graduation in 2011. My views might have changed already but I still carry the same issues especially when it comes to taxes and especially with what’s happening right now in our government.
In my early days as a student, I’ve always wondered why a lot of workers clamored about their taxes. I just thought that these people were just overreacting. However, when I embarked on my own employment, I was placed in those clamoring workers’ shoes.
The taxes we are being subjected to are for the common good, for the betterment of the country, for the domino effect of comfort and security. This has been the definition of tax that I have known long enough until such time I received my own pay slip and got a chance to see what tax really is all about.
I come from a family that is not well-off and this makes me work hard, even more so now, to get all the things that I need and some that I want. I strive so hard to get not just material things but also to provide my family with what they need.
However, I was very disappointed when I first received my first pay slip. There I saw the amount that I need to pay my tax. I was really shocked that taxes could range that big for a starter like me. My co-workers confirmed that one’s salary is commensurate to one’s taxes, so while you get higher pay, you also pay higher taxes. I just imagined the many professionals and blue-collar workers who are out there paying their taxes every month. But do our roads, our health, our youth’s education, our homes, and our lives reflect the tax that we are paying for? Do the government agencies cater to the good services we taxpayers deserve?
These are just some of the questions in my mind when I realized how taxation works in our government. It is just so disappointing that there are plenty of people working hard to provide for their family but here comes the tax that they need to pay. But where do these taxes go? Do these taxes become part of the hollow blocks and cement for strong and well-built bridges? Do these taxes take the form of the leaves of the books in the libraries of public schools? Do they contribute to the standard many people are looking for in good services from government agencies? Perhaps, most of these workers will say no. Needless to say, our taxes are being accumulated deep in the pockets of SOME government officials, and that’s obvious.
If the government keeps telling us that they will alleviate poverty in the lives of millions of Filipinos, then perhaps the best answer that we workers can get is to lessen the taxes that we are paying. In such case, we will no longer react too much to the things we know we have contributed a lot for. Perhaps, the taxes that we are paying will go farther than the potholed roads built halfway.
I speak on behalf of the millions who are working too hard for their family but are deep in resentment for such corruption that is happening in the government. We hope that if taxes are used for the things that will benefit the whole Philippines and all the Filipinos, then there would be no sweat and blood wasted. But we also hope that some corrupt government officials will also be considerate of the sweat and blood that they are just putting into the trash because of their greed.
Hymn Of A Taxpayer
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