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Tips on How to Pay Your Fair Share

Have your checkbook handy for some timely tips on how you can help fund the state and federal government.

Do you think the state and federal government are woefully underfunded? Are you plagued with guilt for not paying your fair share in taxes?

Well, get out your checkbook. There are ways you can help right now with funding and maybe you'll ease your conscience in the process.

For starters, you can contribute to the General Revenue Trust Fund. The money in the fund goes to the general revenue account in Missouri.

Make contributions to:

ATTN: Department of Revenue

P.O. Box 3022

Jefferson City, MO 65105-3022

P.O. Box 3022

You can also pay when filling out your tax returns and you can have all or part of your state refund applied to the fund. Details are on line 45 of the Missouri 1040 form with several other trust funds.

Last year, $7,043 was donated to the fund, compared to $4,380 in 2009.

You can also help pay down the national debt. Make checks payable to:

Bureau of the Public Debt

Department G

P.O. Box 2188

Parkersburg, WV 26106-2188

Or you can enclose the check with your income tax return when you file.

But the Internal Revenue Service warns you not to add your gift to any taxes you may owe.

More details are on the IRS Form 1040 on page 88 and in IRS Publication 17 on page 15.

Maybe the government should take it one step further. It is fairly easy to set up a PayPal account and place a Donate button on a website. Maybe then we could crowd fund our way into solvency.

By Brian R. Hookbrhook@brhook.com, (314) 482-7944

Hook is editor of Missouri Journal, which covers the economy across the Show-Me State. For more Missouri news, sign up for a newsletter and follow Missouri Journal on Twitter and Facebook.

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Harold Lambing November 14, 2011 at 12:16 PM
If all the people & corporations that make re-election contributions made payments to these funds instead of the re-election campaigns the deficit would be gone in no time.
Elizabeth O'Fallon November 15, 2011 at 02:32 PM
Or if we had a government that didn't spend uncontrollably that might help too...thinking of a quote from Ronald Reagan, " Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other." You can't simply blame "the rich" and corporations for the deficit, certainly not 15 trillion dollars worth!
Anthony Pousosa November 20, 2011 at 02:08 PM
I can't believe this article. Mr. Hook wants to gulit me to pay more than my fair share of taxes to help get the state of Missouri back on track. I already pay my share of the tax burden due to the state. I also pick up the tap for Missourians that pay little or taxes into the system. They use the state welfare system as a way of life and not as crutch to get their lives back on track. The state of Missouri wastes millions of my hard earned tax dollars on programs that set the state up for financial ruin. I think Thomas Jefferson said it best "A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government".
Gregg Palermo November 20, 2011 at 06:19 PM
I'm the editor of Creve Coeur Patch, and this item was published in our Local Voices section of citizen bloggers. Everyone is invited to use the platform to share their opinions, passion, interesting points of view. I just wanted to distinguish between this and "an article". Thanks for your comments
Candace Jarrett November 20, 2011 at 08:54 PM
Sarcasm folks, it sound like this blogger is making light of the fact that government thinks people need to contribute more than what they already do; however, I may be wrong. "Do you think the state and federal government are woefully underfunded? Are you plagued with guilt for not paying your fair share in taxes?" I don't think anyone except Warren Buffett wants to or feels they should pay more taxes. Thanks for commenting on Patch. It's great that this is getting a good dialogue going.
Matt Hay November 21, 2011 at 05:18 AM
Guys, this is a tongue in cheek swipe at the millionaires and billionaires like Warren Buffett and Michael Moore and others who are whining that the government needs to raise taxes on "millionaires". The irony is that these folks complain their taxes are too low, but if they really felt that strongly about their convictions, they, and others similarly situated could act on their conscience, and follow the instructions provided to pay over and above their calculated tax due, but they don't pay extra and in cases like GE, pay no tax at all, hence the irony.
Brian R. Hook November 22, 2011 at 05:01 AM
Thanks for all the comments. And yes, it is indeed sarcasm. But if you are feeling guilty, here's your chance to help. - BRH
Jim Gilbert November 22, 2011 at 11:59 AM
Hahahahaha! Brilliant, Brian - loved it!
Joe Scott November 22, 2011 at 05:37 PM
I can vouch for Brian Hook on this. I had an email exchange with him right after I read the article (before it was published) and said I couldn't wait to pay $1 more in taxes, and we'd have the federal debt paid off in no time now. He laughed and agreed. I don't think he really believes this is going to pay off $15 trillion.
Joe Scott November 22, 2011 at 05:53 PM
Anthony - Keep in mind the state of Missouri at least has a balanced budget amendment. It is required by the state Constitution to spend no more than it takes in. I'm not saying there's no waste, just that the state of Missouri at least doesn't rack up debt. The federal government is a different story.
Brian R. Hook November 22, 2011 at 10:55 PM
From part of my email sent to Joe Scott before post was published: "Make sure and mark your calendar. You are playing a role in solving our state's and country's financial problems. We're making history. Let the revolution begin." Am I sarcastic? You be the judge. - BRH

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