Some people think they should keep all the money they earn without paying taxes, others disagree. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
People tend to have divergent opinions regarding paying taxes. Taxation is likened by some taxpayers to heavy pressures imposed by the government, while others consider it a significant contribution to the society. In this essay, it is suggested that people pay taxes for the betterment of the society.
To begin with, a number of citizens find it unacceptable for the state to collect taxes. Some of them are not satisfied that taxes are imposed in a mandatory way and that failure to pay, or resistance to collection is punishable by law, which, these disobedient citizens believe, are gross violation of human liberty. Other people who are reluctant to pay taxes argue that taxation exacerbates their financial hardship as a portion of their wage is sent not to them, who earned the money, but to other people, so not surprisingly, they want to keep all the money they earn to live a better-off life.
Despite that, it cannot be denied that taxation is an effective tool to keep the government running and provide the public services we need. With taxes that citizens pay, the state can build and maintain the necessary infrastructures such as roads and fire stations that no individual can afford. Taxes also provide funds for public services which ensure that we can live in safety and that our legal rights are protected. Tax collections also helps to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor, because wealthy people have to pay much higher taxes than low-income families do. In other words, taxation is the price we pay for civilization.
From what have been discussed above, I think it is the due responsibility for every citizen to pay taxes. It is true that taxation reduces our income, but the benefits it brings outweigh its disadvantages for the simple reason that it improves living standards for all.