America came into being when the colonists refused to pay unfair taxes to their British lords. Through their rallying cry of “no taxation without representation,” they eventually threw out their colonial masters. Therefore, until this day the average American citizen loathes taxes. Corporations seek every legal means of avoiding it. Also, in a society of freedom, having to pay taxes seemed counterproductive. The citizens of many of the other countries of the world share this same view. It is unfortunately wrong-headed.
In life, we form contracts with others. One example is the contract we have with the government. We may not realize we have one, but we do. It is that they will take care of us — provide security, infrastructure, et al — and in return, we will pay our taxes. Thus paying taxes can be considered an act of patriotism. It can even be argued that one who disdains taxes is deserved of losing his citizenship since he has broken his essential contract with his government. He is not holding up his side of the social bargain.
When we pay our taxes, it should be an act of gratitude, indicating our deep thanks and appreciation for the benefits the government, the society has provided us. When we move from disdain to consciously express positive attitudes of sincere gratitude, we move away from our egocentric view and open to a wider field of existence. It is from such a poise that sudden good fortune arises.
So when we pay our taxes, let us think of the nation, state, or community that has provided the great foundation that enabled our life to thrive. Let us give deep thanks to those who have come before us, who have helped shape our world, and to whom we are paying back through an inner debt of gratitude. Paying our tax then becomes a profound act that cannot help but release powerful positive energies that will keep the wheel of inner and outer success turning.