At one time, we had a professional tax preparer do our taxes, mainly because we worked and owned a home in California. There are so many credits and deductions for that state that I just could not keep up with them, so, to be on the safe side, we hired someone much more knowledgeable.
Today, I make the effort to do our taxes. Integral to the job is some understanding of what deductions are allowed. But, even I am amazed that Douglas and I, and every retired individual, have to pay taxes on Social Security.
Indeed, we found out the hard way the first year that I began receiving Social Security that if you don’t have taxes deducted from your monthly benefits, you will pay Uncle Sam a pretty penny in taxes owed. It did no good to plead ignorance to the faceless bureaucracy of the Internal Revenue Service.
I realize that I did not learn anything about Social Security before I started receiving it, but I thought that the amount deducted for Social Security all those years when I worked for a living meant that I had already paid taxes on the money! I was wrong!
It seems so ridiculous that the money is taken from my checks when I am young. Then, when I get old, I lose thousands of dollars of much needed income each year by having taxes deducted from what is called an “old-age” pension. And although I disagree with it, I will pay my taxes like the good citizen I am.
I understand better now the conversation in Matthew 22 that Jesus shared with the Pharisees who were attempting to get Jesus to say something that would get him arrested. They asked him if it was right to pay taxes to Caesar or not.
Jesus took a coin, and he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?” They responded that it was Caesar’s. Then, Jesus said to them, “Well, then, give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”
So, I rendered to our government what they say belongs to them. Even with a program to guide me, it was taxing work, mainly because I chose to manually enter all of my information, rather than upload them for possible hacking.
And I render praise and gratitude to our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus, that Social Security is available today for Douglas and me. There was a time before the Great Depression that that was not the case, and many of the hardest working people had no income after retiring, and, therefore, were the poorest of Americans. As someone who was not taught to save for a rainy retirement, I am truly blessed to have the money, taxed or not taxed.