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My taxes must be unfair: Part 5, The solution to fairness

30 June, 2014 (18:09) | Appraisals, Austin, TX, Democracy, Homeownership, Housing, Land value, Local issues, Municipal budgets, Politics, Real estate taxes, Schools, Urbanization, Zoning | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday's Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By:David A. Smith People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can’t live within its income. — Robert Half  As by now become apparent from deconstructing a recent article in […]

My taxes must be unfair: Part 4, Or do they?

27 June, 2014 (09:29) | Appraisals, Austin, TX, Democracy, Homeownership, Housing, Land value, Local issues, Municipal budgets, Politics, Real estate taxes, Schools, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 2 and Part 1.] By:David A. Smith In theory, taxes should be like shopping. What I buy is government services. What I pay are my taxes. – P. J. O’Rourke And I don’t pay taxes for haircuts Yesterday, after dispelling the illogical arguments, overblown rhetoric, and […]

My taxes must be unfair: Part 3, The critics may have a point

26 June, 2014 (09:30) | Appraisals, Austin, TX, Democracy, Homeownership, Housing, Land value, Local issues, Municipal budgets, Politics, Real estate taxes, Schools, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By:David A. Smith The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. –Will Rogers. “I am not a member of any organized political party. I’m a Democrat.” So far, working slowly through the complaints of Austin homeowners, reported […]

My taxes must be unfair: Part 2, Is it a trend?

25 June, 2014 (07:34) | Appraisals, Austin, TX, Democracy, Homeownership, Housing, Land value, Local issues, Municipal budgets, Politics, Real estate taxes, Schools, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By:David A. Smith I’ve been held responsible for taxes I know nothing about. – James Brown  “The hardest working man in show business.” Yesterday’s post on the astonishment of discovering there’s something wrong with the real estate tax system because I’m paying too much, using an unintentional-comedy story in the […]

My taxes must be unfair: Part 1, How much is too much?

24 June, 2014 (17:54) | Appraisals, Austin, TX, Democracy, Homeownership, Housing, Land value, Local issues, Municipal budgets, Politics, Real estate taxes, Schools, Urbanization, Zoning | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes. – Lao Tzu  When it comes to tax systems, ‘simple’ and ‘fair’ are mutually exclusive, and like most mutually-exclusive things, we refuse to accept the possibility. When it comes to ‘buy now, pay later,’ we’re always […]