I had an interesting
argument discussion with a friend last week. I mentioned how I’m not willing to help clients if they aren’t willing to declare all their income.
He looked at me with a are-you-serious!!?-face. According to him, most people won’t. He feels it is not right that one should declare all your hard earned income, pay your taxes and then have some corrupt government idiot steal the money….
Okay, I get where he is coming from. Our roads are hazardous. Our hospitals atrocious. Crime shocking. It’s true. If it weren’t for corrupt government employees / departments, our country could be way better. Maybe we could actually drive on our roads, instead of constantly trying to search for the tar between the pot holes. Maybe it would be okay to let your child go to a government hospital. Maybe the police would respond if you phoned.
True. Totally true. There is no reason, no excuse. Our money should be used to better our country. The country where we live and work. Where we pay our taxes.
Does this give you the right NOT to pay? Does the fact that your money may / may not be ‘stolen’, give you the right to withhold the tax?
No sorry. I do not think so.
If you don’t pay your taxes, then you don’t have the right to demand better service. If you don’t pay your taxes, don’t complain. If you don’t pay your tax, don’t even vote.
For that matter, if you don’t pay your taxes, you are just as bad, if not worse than the government employee who steals it. You are stealing. You are stealing money that should be paid over to SARS.
I’m sorry. You can try to sugar-coat it as much as you want. It can never be right not to declare all your income.