Shifting the Tax-Payer Paradigm
A paradigm is a set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them. The paradigm that most of us hold for tax time, tax collectors, and taxes in general tends to be quite negative. It has been at least since Biblical times.
For example, I received this in an email the other day:
The New EZ-EZ IRS Tax Form
1) How much did you make? _________
2) How much did you spend? _________
3) What is left? _________
4) Send it to us. _________
We seem to have developed a "victim" consciousness of "us vs them." However, because we are One..."us" IS "them."
Now, I will not deny that there are people who abuse the system...in fact, there are too many of them. Nor will I deny that there are people who obediently pay every penny of their taxes without question. Somewhere between these two "poles," the rest of us labor over tax forms, looking for any and every possible deduction. And so we should. ALL of us. Because "THEY" cheat on their taxes and do not pay their fair share is not an excuse for "US" to fudge on our returns. Conversely, when we pay our fair share proudly, joyfully, and with a consciousness of abundance, we foster the good for all. We all want the things our taxes provide; great schools qualified teachers...with music and arts programs as well as sports; we want safe roads to drive on, a strong defense system (which, at this time is an unfortunate fact of consciousness and I pray will one day no longer be required), assistance programs for those who are in true need; we want fair and just laws and strong, healthy leadership to enforce them.
It all comes down to consciousness. As I am sure you recall, what we learned in history class...we rebelled against "Taxation without representation" at the Boston Tea Party. Well, we DO have representation that we elect every two and four years. The two problems here. One is that many of us do not vote, and many who do are ill informed. The second is that we do not hold those we elected accountable to the promises they made. Again, this is not an excuse to fudge on our returns.
We can start shifting the paradigm, to create a new and better plan of prosperity for all. The Divine Idea behind taxes, is everyone contributing to the good of the whole. It is that simple. When we withhold our fair share, we are actually stealing. Because we are an inseparable part of the whole, we are therefore stealing from ourselves. We are making the "One" that we are in Truth, weaker.
Whether cheating on our taxes, or feeling victimized, we are demonstrating either selfishness or lack consciousness. God is a God of abundant provision for everyone. The problem is not the supply, it is the distribution, and we are the distributors.
Every time we pinch our tax pennies, we pinch the programs and services we all agree that we want and need. So, if you have not yet completed your tax forms, I encourage to do them with a positive attitude. Remember, whatever energy you send forth will come back multiplied. If you will be sending a check, bless it as well as your ability to pay your taxes. If you will be receiving a refund, assure that it is not gleaned at the expense of your integrity.
Jesus asked the Pharisees whose image and inscription were on the coin. They answered, "Caesar's." If you take a coin out of your pocket, you will see that the image on that coin is a political figure...BUT...the inscription is "In God We Trust" on one side, and "E Pluribus Unim," which means "out of many, One," on the other. How beautiful that the money that passes through our hands every day affirms that God is our source, and that though we are many we are One.
We each have the right and privilege to be an active part of that One. If we don't like the way our tax dollars are being spent, we can do something other than gripe about it. We can exercise our right to vote, and our right of free speech to be heard.
So, my beloved...relax. Release your tax-time stress. God IS our abundant source, and we are blessed to be the distributors.