The most honor­able day of the year: Tax day

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

To the United States of Amer­ica, I want to say how grate­ful I am to be liv­ing in a country that ac­tu­ally taxes me. Ev­ery year, the day I click the send but­ton of my tax re­turns is the most honor­able day of the year for me as a United States ci­ti­zen.

We all have our opin­ion about taxes, ap­pro­pri­ate rates or mer­its and de­mer­its of spe­cific tax pol­icy. As some­one who stud­ied fed­eral tax laws in my un­der­grad­u­ate years, I re­al­ize th­ese are com­plex laws for the or­di­nary cit­i­zenry to com­pre­hend. That is why only the will of the Congress alone can de­ter­mine what is just and fair amount for us to pay. But pay, we must all.

Taxes pro­vide rev­enue for fed­eral, lo­cal and state govern­ments to fund es­sen­tial ser­vices such as a high­way sys­tem, de­fense, po­lice, a jus­tice sys­tem that ben­e­fit all the citizens, who could not pro­vide such ser­vices very ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently for them­selves. Taxes also fund pro­grams and ser­vices that ben­e­fit only cer­tain citizens, such as health, wel­fare, and so­cial ser­vices, job train­ing, pub­lic schools and pub­lic li­braries and parks.

Pay­ing your fair share of taxes is not only the right thing to do but an honor­able act as well. I left Nepal in 1994 in pur­suit of higher ed­u­ca­tion. While there, I at­tended a world class unique pub­lic school sup­ported by the tax­payer. While in the U.S., I was given a merit based full tu­ition schol­ar­ship through trustee schol­ar­ship at Ohio Wes­leyan Univer­sity, where other honor­able tax­pay­ers had do­nated money to the col­lege.

It is of­ten said among our im­mi­grant cir­cle that those of us whether we land in U.S. as doc­u­mented or un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants that we be­come a mil­lion­aire the instant we put our feet on the ground. The awe in­spir­ing trans­porta­tion in­fras­truc­ture, the mil­i­tary might that guar­an­tees our free­dom, the emer­gency hospi­tal vis­its that guar­an­tees our med­i­cal treat­ments, the pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and the list goes on, all cour­tesy of honor­able tax­pay­ers such as your­self.

So, thank you, Amer­ica, and thank you Amer­i­can tax­pay­ers for all that you have done and con­tinue to do for this great na­tion. We can have heated de­bates among politi­cians, aca­demic and or­di­nary citizens about the sub­ject of taxes but the fact that pay­ing taxes in an honor­able act should not be de­bat­able. So this Mon­day when you get done fil­ing your taxes and hit­ting that send but­ton, let’s cel­e­brate our role as honor­able tax pay­ing citizens. You can swing by my house if you like, drinks on me.

Ron Si­toula, In­dian Head The writer is the vice mayor of the Town of In­dian Head.

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