April 15 is the worst day of the year. It doesn't have to be — and I don't just mean moving the day. That actually is the case this year — taxes are due April 18 in 2016.
There could fundamentally be a change in how people look at paying taxes. Instead of dreading for months or weeks before the due date about all the paperwork you have to fill out just so your money can be forcefully taken away from you with guns by an unaccountable agency that assumes guilt before innocence, we can abolish the Internal Revenue Service.
We don't need an income tax. We don't need a payroll tax. The federal government in the United States can be funded by a national consumption tax as a replacement. It's the FairTax plan. You could say that's still theft, but at least it's not intrusive and you don't need to retain any records.
Until then, what can YOU do to avoid taxes? ...Ask an accountant. Not me. I just know that if you work, and you pay less in taxes, you'll have more money to do things like purchase videogames. Or feed your family. (Though, depending on the game, you may be convinced that you shouldn't be eating.)
Nintendo's Satoru Iwata & Kazuto Nakaya were scared by the American tax system:
“Yes. The server team in America is working on [tax rates in America being very different depending on your location]. Add to that our financial, accounting and legal people in the various countries, and there are so many people from so many countries involved in this project that it takes forever to decide anything.
What we're having the most trouble with right now is tax rates in America. In America, tax rates are determined by state, city and county. There are about 60,000 postal codes, and usually, once you know the postal code, you know the tax rate, but the tax rate in some areas isn't determined solely by the postal code.”
You can at least support presidential candidates that will get you a lower tax bill. That would be any Republican or Libertarian candidate. Hillary Clinton is against tax reform and will keep taxes largely the same or a bit higher... while Bernie Sanders will dramatically raise taxes. More taxes means less freedom.
Less taxes means more freedom. See which candidates want to give you more freedom:
|Say you're a single person with no kids making a measly $25,000 a year.|
Take note of who gets to let you keep more of your money, and play around with it here.
It might be a little more complicated than that.
But only a little.
Ludwig is the prince of Koopa Kingdom, which has a taxation system that is relatively minimal and definitely not as intrusive as that of the United States. He wanted to make a "Taxation is Theft" meme in this article featuring a Nintendo character, but didn't have the time or inspiration.
KoopaTV's first April 15 article is here, about how KoopaTV could be subsidised by the government's welfare state.
On April 15, 2015, Ludwig used his newly befriended Mewtwo to escape the clutches of a dangerous IRS raid.