This year, US taxpayers will have to work until April 12, before they will have earned enough to pay their taxes for the whole year. But the ActionAmerica Tax Freedom Clocks go a step further. Since the Tax Freedom Clocks tick in seconds, ActionAmerica used the data provided by the Tax foundation (27.68% of our work goes to pay tax), to calculate Tax Freedom Day down to the second. So it turns out that Tax Freedom for 2011 occurs on April 12, at 12:46:05 AM. So that's the time that the Tax Freedom Clocks use, in their countdown.
Tax Freedom Day for individual states varies, from March 2, in low-tax Mississippi, to May 2, in high-tax, Connecticut. In other words, folks in Connecticut have to work more than 1/3 of the year, to pay their taxes.
That means that the average US taxpayer works 1/4 to 1/3 of the year, while the money that he earns, goes to his master. That's like working for 1/4 to 1/3 of the year, without getting paid. Our government officials call that work that we do for their benefit, without getting paid, "patriotism". But Abraham Lincoln had a more accurate term for such unpaid work. He called it by its proper name, "slavery."
Of course, the question that you need to ask yourself is, "Are the services that I receive from the government worth between 1/4 and 1/3 of my hard work and couldn't I provide better services for myself, for less money and have more left over to improve my life?"
I was going to post the Tax Freedom CLock here, but for some reason, this forum does not allow the inclusion, in the original post, of Flash embed code, like that which the Tax Freedom Clock uses. However, they do allow it in the comments section. Go figure… Anyway, I'll try to post the Tax Freedom Clock in the first comment, after this post.
Spread the Tax Freedom Clock around all of the forums that you visit, to keep people thinking about how much they pay in taxes. Get the embed code for the Tax Freedom Clock on the ActionAmerica Tax Freedom Clock page and paste it on those sites that allow embed code, as I will do below.
Here is the US Tax Freedom Day Clock that I mentioned, above. It counts down the days, hours, minutes and seconds till Tax Freedom Day, to remind folks how much longer they have to work for the government and then counts up from that time, to remind folks how little of the year they have actually been working for themselves.