There’s long been a debate about the morality of taxes. The consensus seems to be that taxes themselves are a legal obligation, not a moral obligation.
However, as citizens of the nation, we have a moral obligation to follow the law. This means that we have no moral obligation to any particular level of taxes, but we do have a moral obligation to follow all applicable laws.
This becomes important when considering the reporting by the New York Times that President Trump paid just $750 in taxes for 2016 and 2017. That might seem like a misprint, or that Trump somehow lied, but that’s not what the Times reports. They claim they did a thorough review of Trump’s complicated tax filings and they did not report anything fraudulent. It appears that Trump’s accountants did their job by reporting his income and holdings in a way that was most favorable to their client, reducing his tax liability to little more than a monthly car payment.
It seems that Joe Biden’s accountants weren’t quite as good.
Biden just released his tax returns, showing that he paid $300,000 in taxes for 2019 on income of $985,233, for a tax rate of just over 30%.
Maybe Biden should ask Trump for a referral to his accounting firm.
Of note, Biden, a retired politician, and his wife, a teacher, reported income in 2017 and 2018 of $11 million and $4.6 million respectively. Those are healthy numbers for two public servants.