I haven’t met a person yet who said, “Damn, I wish my tax refund were smaller!”
CNN reports that 8-in-10 Trump backers say paying taxes is ‘civic duty’.
Is it really? It’s certainly not the way we act as a country.
If it’s a civic duty to pay taxes, why do we create so many loopholes for the “rich” to get out of paying them? What about their fair share?
If it’s a civic duty to pay taxes, why do we create exemptions for the “poor” to get out of paying them? Are they not citizens?
If it’s a civic duty to pay taxes, remove all the loopholes and exemptions people use to get out of paying taxes. Make them pay their fair share, and when I say fair, I mean the definition of fair that we all learned when we were children. Everyone pays the same thing; the same rate. Regardless of who you are. In the eyes of the government, there should be no rich or poor, and there should be no loopholes or exemptions. That’s the only way to ensure all people pay their fair share, especially if you think it’s their civic duty.
When I first approached this topic in [Three Kinds of Poor](https://www.jalandoak.com/2013/11/three-kinds-of-poor/), I knew what I wanted to say, but really didn’t know the best way to go about it. The result was an article that I thought was weak. The original intent was to provide an extended definition of who the poor were and weren’t as opposed to an argument supporting a point of view, but it didn’t work very well. I posted it anyway, which turned out to be a blessing. I had a good discussion regarding the topic, and was pointed to [another article](http://morechrist.blogspot.com/2013/11/if-you-dont-work-you-dont-eat.html) that had been posted a day later. I decided the article would have to be rewritten. This is the rewrite.
There’s a lot of discussion about helping the poor through government programs. We’re told, if you’re a Christian you will support helping the poor through welfare, and if you don’t, you aren’t a real Christian. While I understand the argument, it’s never sat well with me. I think that’s because it doesn’t take the discussion deep enough. It’s a surface argument, a jab, for one group of people to get another group of people to feel bad for their position. This is the first in a small group of articles I’m planning on the deeper subject of Christian giving and welfare, and I think the best way to start is by answering the question: what is Christian giving?