I Wanna Know, Where Did My Taxes Go?

Posted on blogger Hu Chan’s site, by an anonymous writer, translated by CDT:

Today is the deadline for reporting personal taxes if annual income is above RMB 120,000. I look at the calendar and felt a struggle in my heart. I’m not sure if I should be serious, or I should be silent to show my resistance. I make an income of RMB 150,000 yuan annually. My company withholds taxes for me. Over RMB 20,000 yuan were taxes contributed to the country. Taxes should be collected, as it is necessary for the government representing the people to carry out its public obligations. But collecting tax is collecting tax. Why does the government repeatedly announce they will punish anyone who reports their taxes late. This makes me angry. In return for our silence, the government is only more demanding. We get more squeezed after we ignore our rights. I want to advocate to everyone to ask: “Tell us. Where did our taxes go?!” Not a cent is used for my medical care. I need to cover myself if I’m sick… Now I’m financially able to pay for my own medical care, but I’ve never seen a cent of my tax used for people who are too poor to pay for their medical care. There are innocent people appearing in newspapers and on TV asking for help everyday. Human life and health is so fragile under the pressures of the economy. Should I show my sympathy by donating money? I’ve paid so much tax. There are a lot of people like me who paid a lot of tax. Why not use our taxes to help people who are having difficulty? Why are they always crying on TV? Two thousand years ago in the Western Han Dynasty, seniors would be raised by the ...
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