Dear US Congress, States of California, Connecticut, Ohio, Illinois, and North Carolina House of Representatives and Senators, Cities of Brunswick, Fairfield, Lockland, Strongsville, and Twinsburg, and any other taxing authorities I have missed (I’m sure I missed a few. The oversight is not intentional. Please don’t audit me. We can work it out peacefully.),
I have filed all of my tax returns. I don’t know the exact number of pages, but I’m comfortable guessing my business and personal tax returns total well in excess of 1,000 pages. Accompanying all of those returns is the amount of tax owed if it wasn’t paid already.
On a regular basis, I thank my partners in my endeavors – our hard working employees, our loyal customers, our vendors, our bankers, and professional service support. I could go on and on. Without them, I.D. Images would not exist. I’d even like to thank you for the services you provide – defense, safety forces, road maintenance (at least in some of our communities), social safety nets, and numerous other services all of the various government entities provide that make the grand experiment that is the United States of America possible. Many of the services the government provides allow me to do what I do – invest, create jobs, eke out a meager profit, and pay taxes. I am sincere when I say I am truly blessed to be able to do what I do in the country I do it in.
I find it disheartening that I don’t think I’ve ever been thanked by a public official for paying taxes. Somewhere along the way, most of you forgot how the world works. Your salaries and ability to perform services are dependent on people like me paying my taxes. Without us, your jobs would not exist. In fact, to put things in business terms, you all technically work for me and the hundreds of millions of hard working Americans that have money taken out of every paycheck and file tax returns just like me. Virtually everything we buy or do has some tax embedded in it. I know, I know, government employees pay taxes too. But I liken that to my son paying me back for a toy he bought with “his money” earned via an allowance. Yes, he “earned” money doing something I wanted done. But there was no value creation. I gave him $5 to do something and he gave me back the $5 to buy something. Our family is net poorer $5 (albeit with a toy he “had to have”). When government workers pay taxes, the amounts are ultimately being paid by someone who created value in the first place.
Don’t take me the wrong way. I am not an anti-government nutcase. As I wrote above, without a functional government, I couldn’t do what I do. I don’t ask for much. A simple thank you would suffice. If you really care, I propose a private sector holiday. We have lots of government holidays where you all get the day off while those of us in the private sector toil away while being taxed, of course. I propose a day in which all government workers go to work, paid of course. Those of us in the private sector get the day off and the government subsidizes us. I know it’s just taking money out of my right hand and putting it in my left, but it’s the thought that counts! Wait, on second thought, this won’t work. As my fellow business owners know, if we don’t work, we don’t generate revenue. If we don’t generate revenue, we don’t have businesses. That’s not on option for us, or those we fund through our taxes.
If you really want to make me feel better, one group of you would stop portraying me as a greedy SOB and appreciate what I do every day and the other group would recognize that, gasp, the government does do some valuable things. Shutting down the entire government hasn’t accomplished anything except make you look crazy. Perhaps the two parties could even work together to figure out how to make the economic environment conducive to job creation. A good place to start would be reducing the burden of complying with the myriad of tax laws we are forced to follow.