Today’s the deadline for individuals to present their tax declarations. Since I try to be a good citizen I went ahead and met that deadline. I’ve submitted and reported on every cent earned and I have met the obligations established by our government.
Every year when I have to do this I get the exact same feeling: I get sick to my stomach. I hate the fact that on this day I see the exact amount of shitload of money that I rightfully earned, go into the government’s purse and get lost faster than my socks get lost in the wash (yeah, that’s another big mystery).
On average, I work around 50 hours a week. I make sure I keep updated on all relevant information that will help me add value to my function and help my company succeed. If I do my job right, the socially responsible conglomerate I work for will do better. If it does better, it will grow. If it grows, it means it creates more jobs and adds more value. It creates more wealth, attracts investment and keeps the economy going. It puts more food on more tables of more mexican families.
Abiding by the established laws is part of my job. It is one of the many ways in which our company shows its commitment to the country… so yeah, I have to pay my taxes and be one of the very few captive taxpayers. Here are some of the reasons why it is so hard to actually go through with this:
- While I pay taxes a huge informal sector does not have to… and they probably never will because no Mexican government has had the balls to do what they should have done a long time ago: flat tax on consumption. Instead, we have an unfair, unequal bracket system that rewards mediocrity. The worst part is that since it is politically effective to say so, the general discourse points towards raising taxes for captive taxpayers (like myself).
- I just don’t see my taxes working for me.
- We have a shitty public education system which I hope to be able to keep my kids away from. This means I will have to pay for private education in order to try to give my kids the better opportunities I had to succeed in life.
- The taxes I pay for are supposed to pay for my security BUT instead they support the police force citizens fear because a lot of them are actually the criminals.
- These taxes are supposed to pay for our roads and infrastructure. Anyone who has driven in any Mexican city can tell you how great a job the government is doing there.
- They are supposed to provide for decent utility services but since they don’t I have to pay an insurance company to protect my electronic appliances which might blow out due to uncontrolled voltage spikes and/or water pipes blowing up because of inconsistent water pressure.
- They are supposed to provide us health services but I hope to NEVER have to be treated at an IMSS hospital for sheer fear for my life.
- The amount of money I paid in taxes would have guaranteed both of my children access to the best university in the country… instead, they are paying for a bunch of white-collar thieves to sleep in during Congress sessions.
So for these and MANY other reasons, here’s a short message to the tax authorities, to government officials who benefit from my taxes and to all you assholes in the informal sector who besides not paying jack shit, keep complaining that the us, the working class, is screwing you over:
I don’t like it, but I’ve paid my taxes. So, FUCK YOU.