On Taxes

“He says that the Roman system of tax farming was one of the main reasons the empire collapsed,” I explained. “Taxes in the provinces were collected by private contractors, so the whole business of collecting taxes turned into a giant profit-making industry.”

Mr. Magundi looked thoughtful for a second. Then he said, “Did you know that, within an easy walk of this very streetcar stop, there’s an office of Liberty Tax Service, an office of Jackson Hewitt, and two offices of H & R Block? Just a fun fact to remember. Now we can get back to what was wrong with ancient Rome.”

About The Publisher

H. Albertus Boli is well known as the editor of the celebrated Magazine that bears his name. He publishes Mr. Magundi's thoughts as a favor to an old friend, but it is Mr. Magundi who is entirely responsible for his own opinions.
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One Response to On Taxes

  1. Karl Anderson says:

    There is a huge difference between the Roman model of Government Contracted Collectors and the Roamin’ model of Consumer Contracted Preparers.

    In the Roman model, Collectors earned bonus commission by over-collecting taxes.

    In the Roamin’ model, Preparers earn bonus commission by over-preparing schedules and forms. They make merely a token for filing a simple form 1040EZ. But by adding Schedules A, C, EIC, SE, and XYZ along with forms 2106, 2441, 5695, 8812, 8941, 4137, and 666 they can charge you $500 for reducing your tax by $250.

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