Why Do People Try So Hard To Avoid Paying Taxes?

At first glance it's an odd question, I know. Because I get more money in my pocket, dummy! I'm being serious in my quest for a deeper answer, though. You may not like how our government is run, but regardless of your politics, you agree we need most of the things our tax dollars are spent on, right? Then why do many Americans go to such extremes to minimize the taxes they pay? Paying your fair share should be considered one of the most patriotic activities someone can engage in.

Instead it's socially accepted to maneuver your way into paying the smallest amount of income tax possible. Americans regularly lie about donations they made, hide money in offshore accounts, and hire expensive accountants to wring every nickel out of the system they can. Why is this considered OK? Look at how your tax dollars are spent. National Defense. Healthcare. Education. Veterans Benefits. We need these things, right? They aren't going to pay for themselves.

This disconnect has never made sense to me. I'd love to have a productive conversation about this and hear answers other than personal greed. Let's try to keep politics out of it as much as possible. If your reason is because you don't agree with the way our tax dollars are spent, just say that, as opposed to criticizing how much we spend on Social Security or F-35s. If you need a reminder where your tax dollars go, an abridged version of an infographic I made for a different post is below.

Infographic on how tax dollars are spent
Infographic on how tax dollars are spent