I sometimes get calls as to why we charge what we do.Â After all, “Jim Bob’s” Tree Service is less expensive!Â
Besides the educational programs we attend, we have numerous licences we are required to maintain and fees we are required to pay.Â I am in receipt of the following humorous yet poignant “letter” which makes a good point about the skyrocketing cost of doing business and the insensitivity of government to small business:
I have paid these taxes: accounts receivable tax, building permit tax, CDL tax, cigarette tax, corporate income tax, dog license tax, federal income tax, unemployment tax, gasoline tax, hunting license tax, fishing license tax, waterfowl stamp tax, inheritance tax, inventory tax, liquor tax, luxury tax, Medicare tax, city, school and county property tax (up 33 percent last 4 years), real estate tax, social security tax, road usage tax, toll road tax, state and city sales tax, recreational vehicle tax, state franchise tax, state unemployment tax, telephone federal excise tax, telephone federal state and local surcharge tax, telephone minimum usage surcharge tax, telephone state and local tax, utility tax, vehicle license registration tax, capitol gains tax, lease severance tax, oil and gas assessment tax, Colorado property tax, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma and New Mexico sales tax, and many more that I can’t recall but I h ave run out of space and money.
When you do not receive my check April 15, just know that it is an honest mistake. Please treat me the same way you treated Congressmen Charles Rangel, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank and ex-Congressman Tom Daschle and, of course, your boss Timothy Geithner.. No penalties and no interest.
P.S. I will make at least a partial payment as soon as I get my stimulus check.
Of course, this is a humorous letter, and it misses a number of other taxes and fees a business like ours is required to pay, but you get the point.Â It’s not getting any better, you may have noticed!