Taxes are said to be one of life’s certainties. We’ve paid a fortune in taxes over the years, and I’m not satisfied that they were used wisely. But as we all know, they’re not optional.
We did find a seemingly foolproof way to avoid paying income taxes. Homesteading small farmers don’t have to worry much about that one. Likewise consumption-based taxes can be greatly reduced by greatly reducing consumption. When you don’t spend much money their bite isn’t so bad. The tax that gives us the most heartburn these days is property tax.
As someone once said, if you think you own property just stop paying your taxes. You’ll soon find out who the real owners are.
As we prepared to transition to this lifestyle we eliminated lots of expenses and made sure that going forward we wouldn’t owe anyone anything and could be as reasonably self-reliant as possible. But we must pay the government every year for the privilege of owning our farm and our property taxes keep climbing. It’s an expense we can neither eliminate nor control.
As tempting as it is, I won’t launch into a tirade about local government. It really doesn’t matter much whether I agree with how it raises revenue or what it does with it. We’re required to pony up whatever they tell us to pay and no amount of complaining is going to change that. And to be fair, some tax revenue is necessary and there will be valid objections to any method used to raise it.
But for anyone thinking of transitioning to a less-complicated lifestyle, don’t forget the taxman.