Originally Posted by SchmoSalt
Good on those companies for avoiding taxes. I know if I had a business I would do my best to avoid taxes within spec of the law. If I had my own LLC making more than $1 mil a year here in California I would be forced to give up approximately 52% of my income. Would the government write 52% of my code? Would they come up with 52% of my game concept? Would they draw 52% of my textures? No, of course they wouldn't. I'd do 100% of the work and only get 48% of the reward.
Like I said, good on those companies for avoiding taxes.
Awesome. If everybody were as set as you are in avoiding taxes, guess what would happen to your country? Yep, bankrupcy.
Seriously, I still don't get how could you imply to avoid taxes as much as possible... when its totally immoral and plain wrong. The fact of the matter is that if everybody paid what was needed... the country would make more money, which could be used to lower taxes or to repay debt.
Spain is one of those countries in which tax evasion (although ours is ilegal) makes for something around the 40-50 of our GDP
Originally Posted by Senator
I'm not necessarily opposed to this. I think most people agree there is something wrong with the current system, and we all want to change it, we just vary in opinions as to how.
Something simpler seems to be the best bet. Currently the US tax code alone is 13,458 pages in length, 20 volumes in total, and a copy will set you back a cool 1K. Talk about some put me to sleep reading!
w00t? 13K pages of tax code? No wonder the system doesn't work and there are a thousand loop-holes... that think must be more complicated that your civil law system, jeeeeeeez.
Originally Posted by Pheatton
Nothing illegal with this, you may not like the idea but the tax code has the holes in it and you want to know who put it there? That's right the politicians who are lobbied like crazy by big business to keep the loop holes in place. None of this is going to stop until the politicians take there jobs seriously and work the those they represent.
No. The more complicated a code is, the more likely it is to have bugs and loopholes in there. It was never something that was intended to happen, it just happened. Also, in the US the accounts of the corps aren't public, aren't they? Meaning... how is anybody going to figure out how many taxes big corps pay when they don't disclose the amount nor show any of their accounts?
Originally Posted by GrizzleBoy
Legislation does not govern morality (or at least I don't think it does O_o )
Doing things as a mega corp that means tax payers have to pick up your tab, just because you can, doesn't make you a crook, but it does make you an a-hole.
We don't need a law to tell us killing people is bad. If there were no laws on murdering toddlers, I'm quite sure the general consensus would remain that murdering toddlers is at least somewhat
Raping women while they cry for help wouldn't be any less sick if there were no law against it.
I believe this to be a similar situation.
For once in a lifetime... I agree with you.