Slate.com columnist Samantha Henig has written an entertaining and informative article regarding common questions one may ask about the taxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. code. They include the following:
If you check the box (Presidential Campaign Fund box), do your taxes increase?
Once you send in your forms, where does your tax check actually go to?
Americans living and working abroad are often allowed to exclude tens of thousands of dollars of income and the cost of housing from their federal taxes. How come?
Is there any way to have someone else pay your taxes for you?
Do informants have to pay taxes on the rewards they get from the government for revealing terrorists’ whereabouts?
So terrorist informants don’t get tax breaks, but the blind do? What’s the deal with that?
What if you cheat on your taxes—are you going to end up in an orange jumpsuit on a dingy cot?