More Immoral Taxes On The Way To Prop Up The Bankrupt Monetary System
Do you remember a long time ago the principle of “benefit in kind” was introduced to the tax system, whereby the revenue would impose a tax on employees for benefits they got from work. Up to a point you could understand it if the benefits were given in lieu of wages, but only up to that point.
I remember in the last decade when they got a little more greedy and extended the scheme to include ridiculous things like being able to park your car at work. Now what was the excuse at the time… something about it not being fair on people who have to pay for parking meters, you know the usual divide and conquer reasoning.
What it really showed was that rather than the meters being a way of unclogging roads, as claimed, they were really just another tax collection scheme; and in order to catch everyone else who wasn’t forced to pay those extortionate charges, the car parking at work benefit tax was invented.
So lets move on to today and see how far they have developed this benefit in kind idea for taxing us for not using their other taxing scams.
Today we see reported the Revenue are coming up with a whole raft of new ideas to put their hands in our pockets and involve themselves in our family lives.
The Finance Act is proposing to scrap the already megre €3,000 annual exemption on “gift tax”, instead limiting it to children under 18 and children under 25 in full time education. Now the fact that the gifts are already from net income is another issue and this would mean the receiver paying another 33% of it to Revenue.
What this could potentially open up is a situation where people, who through financial hardship have been forced to move home with their parents, could find themselves being pursued by Revenue because they are getting free board and lodgings. The principle being “How dare you get something for free!”
The tragic irony of this is that people don’t move home out of choice; they move home because the government has made it impossible for them to afford to live elsewhere. Mortgages out of their reach, rents too high, wages too low and jobs non existent, plus a wave of new individual stealth taxes.
So despite government and Revenue putting them in that position they now want to come after them for more because they are too poor to pay the other taxes that now accompany everyday existence. The trend over the last years seems to be to create a tax system whereby any adult man or woman must pay money to the state, regardless of their circumstance, simply for existing. Isn’t this slavery?
One of the targets has been reported previously, looking to tax people who have their kids minded by grandparents. Yet we have the most expensive childcare in Europe but still they want to tax us for not using it, just so we can go to work to exist in a system that requires both parents to work just to survive.
Now under what moral or even lawful standards is it acceptable for Revenue to involve itself in family arrangements like this? This is just a step too far.
They could even apply this 33% tax to the money your parents paid on your wedding. Does anyone actually own a wedding anyway, why would it matter who paid for a celebration everyone enjoyed?
You would have thought the government would want to avoid anything that stopped people spending and keeping money in circulation; after all money in circulation changes hands many times, funds multiple jobs, and yields taxes along the way.
You would also have thought that Article 43.1.2 of the Constitution which prevents the State passing laws inhibiting transfer of private property would limit their involvement, even in spite of the ability allowed to the State to limit inheritance “in the common good” given in Article 43.2. Where is the common good in this? You may even suggest that Article 41.1.1 which puts the family “superior to all positive law” would prevent them further involving themselves in our family lives.
After all what kind of a benefit is €3,000 these days. Would it pay your student rent? No. Would it tax and insure your car? Barely. It’s a poultry sum but apparently it is far too much for us “taxpayers” as they like to call us, because that is all we are to them; not people, just livestock. While their paymasters might only light their cigars with €3,000.
You see the problem is not really the government, they are just the board of directors running a for profit state on behalf of their benefactors who issue their currency; they don’t care about breaking their own Constitutional rule book, they just do as they are told.
The problem is the monetary system the government is forced to use. It has built in bankruptcy over time as it is created out of debt. Every year we owe more than was created because it is created at interest by banks. Hence every year the government has to either grow the economy at a higher rate than the interest OR create new ways of taxing us.
As you may have noticed with the economy in the toilet for the last 6 years they have been inventing ever more ingenious new ways to take our money to pay back the banks who loan us our currency. Every tax we pay goes towards paying off those debts, while services are paid for by new money.
It is inevitable in this system that eventually those issuing the money at interest will own everything, including our labour, that is the way it is designed, wealth travels upwards, and we have seen the results of this as, even through the recession, the gap between rich and poor has grown exponentially. This is the biggest issue we as people have to challenge if we are going to take control of our country back.
Interestingly enough the first steps have been taken in of all places the UK Parliament where on November 20th they will debate the issuance of money and alternative methods. If we don’t start to look at this problem in Ireland now all we will see is ever increasing taxes and privatisation of resources.
We are already taxed to the limit and government claims that we are a low tax economy with taxation somewhere in the 20%s are ludicrous. When you add up every PAYE tax, PRSI, BIK, all the levies they added, you come to a net wage. Then start deducting the stealth taxes, the pension levies, the VAT on everything, the massive excise duty especially on fuel, VRT, the stamp duties, the local authority charges, charges on building and living in your home, transaction charges, and of course all the fines they dream up; the list is endless, but when you add it all up you are already paying out almost 80% of your money in some form of taxation.
The nearer this system gets to failure the more immoral the taxes become. As you see in the UK with bedroom taxes, like the window taxes of old, the system is nearing failure; we in Ireland are not far behind. You cannot keep raising the level of tax because once you get to 100% you are, as I said before, a slave. This is why we must change the monetary system as a matter of urgency. We look forward to reading your comments and suggestions below.