By definition (via Wikipedia) “tax is a financial charge or other levy imposed upon a taxpayer by a state such that failure to pay is punishable by law“…wow, that sounds nasty.
In all seriousness though, paying taxes is important and essential…the government uses our taxes to invest in our community by way of infrastructure, roads, hospitals and schools…even if you don’t agree with their decisions or how they do it…it does happen!
In Australia, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is the principal revenue collection agency and it is the role of the ATO to “ensure the community has confidence in the administration of Australia’s taxation and superannuation systems”
For me, as an Accountant and Registered Tax Agent, it is my job to maintain familiarity with the taxation laws and it is my role to communicate with and advise clients on tax-related issues, and assist them to understand their obligations.
By working together, tax needn’t be that “nasty” thing that no one wants to talk about…rather with the right knowledge, you can take control of your tax situation and be well prepared to avoid any taxation surprises!