Nobody likes taxes. Nobody. Who would? You earn money and then someone else comes along and takes it from you to spend on things that you don’t care about or agree with. The truth of the matter is, however, that you probably don’t even dislike them as much as you potentially could. Taxes are a hot topic during every election season. Do we tax the rich? The poor? Both? Nobody? There was not a civilization in history that didn’t tax its people in some way, shape, or form. In fact, many of the most important decisions, conflicts, and even wars in world history were based on little more than taxes. That is why kings and conquerors wanted to expand their territory. It meant more wealth. And that is why people often fought for their independence. It meant not paying money to somebody you didn’t agree with. Taxation has influenced our lives more than most people know and much of the modern geopolitical environment can be explained by this one simple concept. In spite of its prevalence in our lives though, most of us have a bad taste in our mouth because of it. These are 25 facts about taxes that will make you hate them even more.
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