Jarrett B. Topel's blog

Avoiding Tax Paralysis (The Importance of Tax Diversification)

I’ve never understood why there exists in most American’s minds, such a negative association with paying taxes (as in “death and…”). Doesn’t the fact that a person has to pay taxes mean that he or she has made money? I get that there are any number of specific objections people may have, depending on their own personal political or socio-economic position, to how much they are taxed, or to what the money is used for etc., but it has always struck me as an odd dichotomy that something relatively positive can carry such a negative connotation in most people’s minds.