Over the years employers, companies and investors have developed the habit of ranting about every form of tax which is imposed upon them.
Taxes – so they say – slow down the economy. They give investors and co. the creeps and scare them away to countries with lower labor costs.
In short, taxes are bad for the economy.
But why are taxes really such a bad thing? And more important, are it really taxes which keep investors from spending?
It’s ironic, but in fact it are the investors and employers themselves who cause taxes to scare away investors and make our economies appear expensive.
A better place to work and live
Taxes are imposed to fund governments who then in turn invest the money to create a better society and improve living and working standards for all inhabitants.
These improvements turn your place into a place where it is actually good to work and to live. In short, taxes contribute to employees’ happiness and intrinsic productivity.
The same goes for better infrastructure and investments in education. These also have a positive impact on the economy. These are also assets for local companies.
Deliberate social inflation
Yet some investors, employers and companies consitently refuse to take these matters into account.
To make matters worse they publicly devalue the benefits of taxes by refusing to ascribe any economic value to them. They even refuse to mention them ar all, suggesting they don’t exist.
By doing so, they are deteriorating societies instead of helping them.
And by demonizing public tax systems, employers and investors have played an important role in the idea that taxes should be seen as some kind of personal harassment.
Whereas taxes in itself are only a contribution to the common good.
The daily face of taxes
It are those same taxes that can keep unemployed people and unschooled youngsters from criminality, that can keep your family from poverty when you or your partner suddenly falls ill. It are those same taxes which may allow your community to be proud of its infrastructure, to use a public transport system and to rely on public health care. And so on.
Denying common good is irresponsible
Taxes have always been impopular. Psychologically people have a deep intrinsic fear of loss and it’s hard to understand what contributing to the common good means when you’re not experiencing any benefits directly.
Employers and investors have consistently denied this and only emphasized that every tax should be seen as an extra cost and as a loss.
That in itself is irresponsible.
That in itself is just as much as saying that every contribution to society and to some kind of collective organization is plain and simple waste.
While it has become very trendy to portray itself as being sustainable, as being caring and contributing to the well being of local societies, employers and investors should also realize that by saying all taxes are bad they are doing exactly the opposite.