New tax return proposal…check box where you want your money to goby Hugh Holub on Jul. 28, 2011, under politics
With all this debate about federal spending and budget deficits…here’s an off-the-wall idea:
Allow taxpayers to check on their return where they want their money to go like we do for campaign fund contributions
For instance, the 1040 could offer taxpayers the following choices:
I want my tax payment to go to/for:
___war in Iraq
___war in Afghanistan
___Environmental Protection Agency
___National park system
___interstate highway system
___Army Corps of Engineers flood levees
___Border Patrol fence
___public housing projects
___pork projects in Congressional districts
___reduce federal deficit
___giving tax breaks to corporations
…you get the idea. The government would be required to only use your payment for what purposes you checked.
Kind of a national referendum of what governmental programs or activities you think it is worth spending your money on.
And I’ll bet no individual or married couple taxpayer will check the box to give tax breaks to corporations.
Note: we forget it is our money the federal government spends. We work hard for that money. Then we give it to Congress to decide what to do with it.
Does not seem like anyone…Congress or the various federal agencies that spend our money have any sense of value or the work that went into us making that money.