It is time for the Government to consider a voluntary tax bill.
How many times have you observed a prominent person bemoaning ‘the fact’ that Australians don’t pay enough tax?
Usually it is an ideological pretext to increase the amount of income redistributed.
What about those that accused the previous government of profligate spending because of tax cuts. Well yes, the previous government did have some silly and expensive programs. But a tax cut is not spending. It is a tax cut! A cut to revenue not an increase in expenditure.
What we need is a voluntary tax bill.
Those piously calling for increased taxes can then lead by example. Put their money to a good cause – taxation.
I propose that tax deductible contributions to the Australian Tax Office be permitted and indeed encouraged. And just like donations to say Opera Australia, the donor’s name should appear on the ATO’s website and in its annual report. We could even give donors different titles: a platinum donor for those paying voluntary tax above say $20,000. A gold donor for those paying between $15,000 and $20,000 and so forth.
Then when we hear another claim that taxes should be increased, we just need to check the ATO’s website to see how much voluntary tax the proponent donated in the past year.
The ATO: a worth deductible gift recipient.