The Church of Jeebus Crispy—send money now
I wrote a large check last night for my 2010 income taxes. The fab GF and I each had to file extensions this year because of this funny law that was passed in MARCH ferchrissakes that forces registered domestic partners (or those of us who have a legal relationship equivalent to RDP) to pool income, divide the total by two, and then use this total to figure income tax.
We can't split deductions, of course. And she's getting a refund, though not enough to offset the amount on that check I wrote. Yes, the law is structured to force us to pay more taxes than hetero people who are married couples. Intentionally. Cause everyone knows teh gaies are rich rich rich.
Given the economy, I am aware that I sound whiny. It's a nice problem to have---we're both doing well enough that we owe taxes, etc. But this is crappy. We're married. Why can't we be treated at the same level of crappiness as other married people? Why the added super-sauce of crappiness? Because we're both innies and not an innie and an outie?
And it also points to something BTD often mentions---tax policy. And how taxes aren't about government paying its bills, but how government uses taxes to redistribute wealth. And BTD is right.
Imagine doing your taxes in late November and realizing you're going to have to send the IRS a check for $1,000. Instead of giving it to the IRS, you could scrape up that money and donate it to a tax-exempt organization and take the deduction. Instead of sending the money to the IRS, you send it out into the community.
The IRS doesn't pay its bills with tax money. It doesn't build roads or anything else. And the Treasury doesn't need your tax dollars. But tax dollars moving from me to you or you to me or all the way around the block and across coutnry means wealth moves from person to person, who can use it to do things like buy groceries and pay the water bill.
Yes, it's a nice problem to have: knowing you owe $1,000 in taxes ahead of time and being able to give it away without worrying how you're going to buy groceries or pay the water bill. Make no mistake: I'm acutely aware how lucky we are, because that's the difference between us and a lot of folk. Luck. Pure, unadulterated luck.
And I'm aware at how thin a thread we hang by. It can all go to crap very very fast.
Regardless, I shall soldier on because there may be an opportunity here regarding the microlending discussion that crops up occassionally. Perhaps there is an argument to be made for creating a tax-exempt nonprofit to take in funds that would then be shared by those in need. This could be beneficially if it's tied to accountants or accounting software that would allow anyone to get an estimate income taxes for the current year. Find out what you're going to owe and donate it before the end of the year. Take the deduction. Or don't.
Maybe this tax-exempt nonprofit should be a church. The Church of Jeebus Crispy.
I dunno. I've never done the nonprofit thing. Well, not intentionally.
But I had I known ahead of time, I would've been mighty tempted to send a check to the Church of Jeebus Crispy.