I am not talking about income tax – that’s an entirely different subject and one I don’t want to get into here. I am OK with paying taxes; I understand that is how society works and stays in business. But what I want to talk about in this post are the fees, taxes, charges, etc. that are on every single bill or service that we have to pay for, from the smallest little thing all the way to some of the biggest purchases that we make. In order to get a fuller picture of just how much of my money goes out the door each month in these charges, I went back through a month’s worth of bills…and this is what I found out.
Qwest Internet Bill – $56.73, of which $9.46 is taxes and fees
Electric Bill (last month) – $45.57, of which $14.06 is taxes and fees
Propane Bill (Feb bill) – $206.91, of which $13.31 is taxes and fees
DirecTV Bill – I wish I knew, since it changes every single month. Don’t ever sign up for DirecTV. Ever.
Vonage Bill – $30.70, of which $5.71 is taxes and fees
AT&T Wireless Bill – $131.08, of which $19.84 is taxes and fees
For just those bills alone, I am shelling out an additional $62.38 in fees and taxes. Over a year, that’s an additional $750! I imagine that many people have much higher bills than we do, which means they are paying even more than we are in fees and taxes. As I said earlier in the post, I don’t have a problem paying my fair share of taxes – it’s part of being a citizen of a country like ours. I make a decent living, and I don’t mind if I have to pay a little more than someone who doesn’t. I am OK with it. There are different schools of thought on this, but that’s my opinion. That being said, however, I don’t like being taxed both coming and going. I don’t like having to pay fees and taxes on top of the taxes that come out of my paycheck, as these additional charges actually make your paycheck a lot smaller (especially if it is small in the first place!). Either these fees should just be buried inside the monthly bill, so I don’t see it, or we should just be paying some sort of flat tax thing that covers everything. Those fees are a rather large percentage of those bills; it seems kind of outrageous. For example, on our $45.57 electric bill that I referenced, only $33.77 of it was actual energy cost. A full 25% of the bill was fees and taxes. Quite silly, really…
What do you guys think? Have you ever added up all those taxes and fees you have to pay out each month in addition to your income tax? How much does it add up to? Which would you rather, they bury it or we somehow figure out a way to pay them all out of our income tax?