For many taxpayers paying taxes to the IRS can be very frustrating because you may not know where your tax dollars are going and you might be opposed to certain spending programs enacted by Congress.
For example, you might be opposed to having your tax dollars spent on National Parks and you’d rather have your tax dollars spent on school lunch programs. Unfortunately, you cannot choose where your taxes go when you file your tax return — with one exception.
That one exception is this: you can choose if you want $3 of your tax dollars to go to Presidential candidates for their campaigns. If you’re married filing a joint return you and your spouse have control over a total of $6.
So, do you want to divert $3 from the government’s general fund to Presidential candidates? The latest figures show only about 4% of taxpayers do want $3 sent to the candidates.
Years ago — many years ago — about 30% of taxpayers wanted money to go to the candidates. But that was decades before Facebook and Twitter and YouTube and I’m guessing the participation of taxpayers sending money to the candidates has dropped because we now have too much politics to deal with.
Anyway… you have that choice and that decision to make. Check the box on your tax form. It’s your only chance to tell Uncle Sam what to do with your money.
And here’s a choice that won’t cost you any money: call now and the tax attorney at Legal Tax Defense for a free consultation regarding your tax problems. Vote for a fair tax appraisal: call Legal Tax Defense now.
Disclaimer: Alan Mendelson is a well-known TV consumer news reporter who reports on tax issues. You should seek professional advice if you have tax questions or issues.