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After some great news today, I think I've snapped.

I was fired last year from Radioshack because I was put in a wheelchair. I sued them, but of course, the projected outcome would've been a mixed motive case since Radioshack fired me for having improper footwear (Apparently I didn't have the right wheels). So, reluctantly, I settled for $4000, which is terrible for missing out on a years worth of work, but at least it was something. The lawyer, whom I had hired when I did not have any money, was working on a contingency basis, meaning they'd take a set amount out of the winnings in this case, 30%, which is fine, I agreed to that before we went into this. So they took about 1,333.33 and left me with 2666.66, which was fortunately enough to keep myself afloat for a while. I get the check, and good old Uncle Sam decided to dip his hand in and take out half of the check, leaving me with around 1000 bucks. A thousand bucks to compensate for a years worth of missed work, the humiliation of being laughed out of every stable job opportunity and not even being able to afford insurance or even find out what exactly it is that is wrong with my legs, plus the $50,000 plus medical bill for half assed tests that "didn't show anything" (that's a whole other story).

So it comes down to this, why the hell am I paying taxes? I'm not even required to file anything unless I make 9,000+ during the year (so far, I've made this check). Even if you buy into that fairy tale that income tax goes towards infrastructure and police forces etc. how the hell does this help me? Public transportation doesn't run anywhere near me, the police have never helped me (and don't go spouting that whole "if there were no police we'd all be murderers and rapists" crap, because there is no evidence that that would even happen) in fact I can think of a multitude of times where the police have arrested me for doing nothing at all! And of course, the public school system just blows.


In terms of welfare programs, that's a joke too. I am on food stamps, and am very grateful for that, but I've been applying for disability for 3 years now. Because of this backwards system and crappy job market, I pretty much got my footing on any grounding I probably never had in the first place. I always get really offended when people have the nerve to say that this whole economic crisis is caused by too many lazy people on welfare. I gotta tell you, welfare won't pay for jack crap, and you have to jump through all kinds of hoops to get it.

But none of that matters because taxes do not go into any of those, it is owed back the the federal reserve, something that shouldn't even be there in the first place.

Even if I can stop them from taking the taxes out, I'm refusing to pay taxes ever again. What are they going to do? Throw me in jail? Hah. Like there's any difference between that and my living here. I've been homeless on over 3 occasions, for a total of about 3 years, I got out of it, and I went from a 180lb wrestler with plenty of work, my own place and tons of stuff to do, to a cripple that can't even get out of the house, sits in a chair and makes crappy games.

I don't know, I've been over working myself like crazy trying to get something started for myself, when I should be trying to recover, and it really just kind of seems like I'm going nowhere. Maybe I don't have a valid reason to be upset, crap like this has been happening to me for almost my entire life (so it seems a bit unlike me to be upset now, only after this), but I'll get over it, I just felt the need to vent to some other people for a change. Any advice from the more logical members of the community?

 
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20th November, 2010 at 21:45:32 -

Dude, normally I don't read such long posts, but this time I did. I don't know how taxes work where you live, but I am pretty sure I could get back most of what they took. I hope your legs will get better soon, whatever is wrong with them.

Good luck with everything.

 
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20th November, 2010 at 22:03:38 -


Originally Posted by Hayo
Dude, normally I don't read such long posts, but this time I did. I don't know how taxes work where you live, but I am pretty sure I could get back most of what they took. I hope your legs will get better soon, whatever is wrong with them.

Good luck with everything.



You have to make a certain amount or they won't give back anything. One year I paid almost 3000 in taxes and they were only going to give back 66 dollars. I'm not sure if that differs, however, from court winnings. The point is, why am I giving money to some rich people to get richer/a cluttered system of bureaucrats that will end up loosing it anyways? If I do end up paying this, I'll have to see if they'll give any of it back during tax time. Either way I'll do my research.

But thanks for taking the time to read it and the kind words, I really appreciate it.

 
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21st November, 2010 at 00:58:16 -

Not sure of what the system is in the states but in the UK you have to at least make so much money before its taxable so I dont understand why they taxed your cheque.

To be honest your payout from court also seems low.

Hope your legs get better soon.

 
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21st November, 2010 at 01:22:37 -


Originally Posted by ..::hagar::..
Not sure of what the system is in the states but in the UK you have to at least make so much money before its taxable so I dont understand why they taxed your cheque.

To be honest your payout from court also seems low.

Hope your legs get better soon.



Well, actually in my last post I mentioned court winnings, but it was a settlement. And you're right, it's ridiculously low.

The system in the states is basically "we have the guns and the numbers, so it's the law." There legit isn't any law in the U.S. that requires any non-corporate entity to pay taxes. There was a 1913 case that apparently granted the state the ability to tax everyone, but the case stated that it gave no new powers. But of course with the induction of the federal reserve, the gold standard went bye bye in favor of a currency based on debt, the US Government needs to pay back it's bill to the fed, and of course the government doesn't have anything on it's own it has to take it from someone else, hense why there is an income tax.

And thanks.

 
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21st November, 2010 at 02:05:35 -

Aaaand it looks like it can only get worse.

They've just printed a bunch more money, expect price increases.

 
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I v heard a lot of bad things about US goverment, but i guess you could be in a worse position, it's not like there are not even worse countries in the world when it comes to economic inequality, like China for example, and brazil. I am not sure if that is actually helpfull.

 
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21st November, 2010 at 12:38:53 -

maybe you arent filing your taxes right.

when you have a job, you should be getting taxed per paycheck. not all at once. if you filed correctly you should be getting money back, not having to pay. i only have a part time job and make about 9 to 10k a year, and am only paying maybe 1100 in taxes the whole year. i usually end up having to pay like 50bucks or get 50bucks back cause i didnt file my w-2 right. it has to do with what you claim on your w-2 form, how much they take out of your checks for taxes.

sorry about the legs though.

get a desk job dude.

 
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21st November, 2010 at 14:57:26 -

Since this post is by a kid in high school, I won't be giving you tangible advice, but I'll give you my wishes nonetheless.

Hope you can find your way out of the mess, just keep on chugging and it'll get better bit by bit.



 
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21st November, 2010 at 15:07:13 -

Robot Cecil : I am really surprised you have to pay taxes at all on 9 to 10k dollars per year. Over here you can earn upto 6,475 pounds ($10,343 USD) before hitting the taxable limit which accounts for most part time jobs students take.

But then again our cost of living is quite a bit higher (a gallon of petrol is over $9.50 USD - and Americans wonder why the British drive small cars... ) so I guess it balances out.

@ Horrendous Games : If there is any equivalent of a citizins advice beuro in the States I suggest you give them a ring. Something sounds not quite right. As said before a desk job (or perhaps acadmia) maybe good routes.

 
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21st November, 2010 at 15:11:47 -


Originally Posted by Matthew Wiese
Since this post is by a kid in high school, I won't be giving you tangible advice, but I'll give you my wishes nonetheless.

Hope you can find your way out of the mess, just keep on chugging and it'll get better bit by bit.




How did you deduce he is in high school (at 23) ?

 
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21st November, 2010 at 15:23:53 -


Originally Posted by ..::hagar::..

Originally Posted by Matthew Wiese
Since this post is by a kid in high school, I won't be giving you tangible advice, but I'll give you my wishes nonetheless.

Hope you can find your way out of the mess, just keep on chugging and it'll get better bit by bit.




How did you deduce he is in high school (at 23) ?



I was referring to myself. "This post" meaning the one I was writing.

 
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Ah I suffered from a senior moment then .

 
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21st November, 2010 at 17:46:08 -


Originally Posted by Robot Cecil
maybe you arent filing your taxes right.

when you have a job, you should be getting taxed per paycheck. not all at once. if you filed correctly you should be getting money back, not having to pay. i only have a part time job and make about 9 to 10k a year, and am only paying maybe 1100 in taxes the whole year. i usually end up having to pay like 50bucks or get 50bucks back cause i didnt file my w-2 right. it has to do with what you claim on your w-2 form, how much they take out of your checks for taxes.

sorry about the legs though.

get a desk job dude.



I thought so too, I usually attempt to file several different ways, sometimes I get a better outcome, sometimes I don't. Unfortunately, I usually only make 2-4k a year, usually due to not having a stable home to live in. You'd be surprised but it's very rare that anyone will ever hire a homeless person (despite the whole "get a job" thing), it didn't matter if I was honest with them, neglected to tell them or picked a random address (the truth usually comes out). Once that changed, I was holding onto that RadioShack job for a while, but yeah. But yeah, I might very well be filing wrong, but with that small amount of income, I'm pretty much in the category of "you didn't work enough". I know there have even been several instances where the government gave out like 500 bucks, but of course I flew right in under the radar.

A desk job would be nice, I've been looking for quite some time. The only desk job I had so far was a telemarketing position, the desk part was nice, but unfortunately I couldn't handle the customer service end of it. I have beefed up my resume a ton, and I've been sending my resume out to as many office positions as possible. The only obstacle is the whole getting out there deal, well that, and actually finding one, but I'm sure if I could get out there, I'd have a better chance of landing the job.

Haha, I'm in a wheelchair, every job is a desk job.

@Matthew Wiese: Thanks, haha.

@..::hagar::.. : Not sure on what exactly that place does, so it's tough to judge which American service would do the same, but most American Government run places are horrifying, unproductive and tough to get straight answers. Can't hurt to give it a shot, though.

 
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21st November, 2010 at 17:49:22 -


Originally Posted by Don Luciano
I v heard a lot of bad things about US goverment, but i guess you could be in a worse position, it's not like there are not even worse countries in the world when it comes to economic inequality, like China for example, and brazil. I am not sure if that is actually helpfull.



That's actually one of the things that keep me going. One of my old history teachers used to tell me "You could be in Cambodia with a leg blown off". Although sometimes that puts me in a situation of feeling bad for feeling bad. But that kind of feeling bad isn't as bad as feeling bad because I feel bad, which is bad. Now if that makes any sense at all, you deserve a medal.

 
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