That, my friends, is the crux of the problem and it was created by the design of a devious government. With the advent of tax withholding, most of us pay little if any attention to our taxes. And to add to the issue, many more of us set our withholding higher than necessary to insure a refund check will come. And when that check comes, we act like we have "free money" and use it to buy something which has caught our eye with all of the tax season retail advertising going on. Even the professional tax preparation organizations get in the act by offering an advance on our refund, subject to a nice fee, of course.
There is no free money and when we overestimate our liability for taxes to get a refund we just give the government an interest free loan on that portion of our take home pay that we choose to leave with them. It just shows how easy we as a people are to manipulate and the government loves it. And that's the same reason that withholding was initiated in the first place. They get our money up front before it is due and we, over time, forget about it. We begin to look at our paycheck as our entire income, forgetting about that huge chunk of change that they require employers to automatically take off the top.
So instead of celebrating this day as the day that our taxes are done, why not decide instead to get involved in a goal to change the system to a process that meets our goals and objectives, not the goals of mindless bureaucrats in Washington, DC. There are a number of groups working to make change for the better, one of which is the Fair Tax, a concept I thoroughly support. But whether you like that or something maybe a little easier to implement like a flat tax, we need to at least address the issues that keep the Washington class as our bosses instead of our employees. Until they understand that they work for us, not the opposite, things will never get better. Think about it and get involved.