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  •  I remember, one million years ago, (0+ / 0-)

    I visited Switzerland in the company of a Swiss national. One of our conversations turns to taxes (probably inspired by the roadside road cameras that track speeders and lead to a ticket arriving in the mail). I was stunned to hear that the Swiss government calculates its citizens' taxes and mails them a statement. The citizen simply affirms that bill and pays it, or disputes it, I assume, although my partner said she'd never heard of anyone doing that.

    My point (besides saying that the Paul Klee museum is near) is that paying taxes really ought to be a duty performed easily and happily. With it, we pay for what's left of a once great society (no capitalization there). Yet even if it were not considered unPresidential to pay a fair tax rate (thanks, Mittster, for that), it's such an onerous burden in the US. Why can't I pay my government to do my taxes for me? I guarantee they'd do them faster, and more professionally.

    Unless, of course, we think that the government we elect is out to cheat us which, well, I guess people do think that.

    •  it is a little more complicated than that (0+ / 0-)

      the Swiss do need to fill out forms but they are not nearly as complicated as US forms.  but yes, they do send bills.

      by chloris creator on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 08:47:19 AM PST

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