I know that Tax Day this year falls on April 18th, but I usually write about taxes on April 15th, and I am on record saying I don't mind paying my taxes. I recognize the fact that I have a responsibility to pay for the services I use, and I have to note that the people who complain most loudly about taxes tend to benefit from tax dollars. I pay federal income tax, state income tax, and city income tax, and I derive benefits from all of these levels of government... I drive to work on decent roads, I buy untainted groceries at the local store, and I have a great county library system and parks system.
New York State actually gives its taxpayers the opportunity to pay additional monies, earmarked for specific purposes, into its coffers. I voluntarily contribute to funds for wildlife, cancer research, and outreach for homeless veterans. I'm not a saint, I'm a citizen, I recognize my obligations to my less fortunate neighbors.
Last week, I joked about procrastinating with regard to my tax preparation, but I actually enjoy sitting down and crunching the numbers, and I don't experience a pang when I write out the checks. I like being a member of this club I call America, so I value living up to my obligations by paying the dues.