Trying to Reason with Tax Season?

By   •   April 15, 2011

While the “last minute folks” among us actually have until April 17 this year, the deadline is close. As you wrestle with deductions and receipts, you may be pondering some of the spiritual implications of paying taxes. Read some of the questions that Billy Graham has responded to over the years.

Q: Last year, I earned some extra money working on the side and I didn’t see any reason for paying income tax on it this year. Several friends did the same, but my wife says this was wrong in God’s eyes. What does God have to do with taxes?
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Q: I’ve been getting my financial records together to prepare my income taxes, and I’d like to ask you a question: Is it always wrong to cheat on taxes? I made some money last year selling something for cash, and I don’t see any reason why I should pay part of it to the government, when they’ll never know about it.
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Q: I work in our county’s tax collection office, and I don’t understand why Jesus condemned tax collectors so much. After all, if we didn’t collect taxes, we couldn’t have good government, could we? Am I doing something wrong?
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Q: I’m a widow living in a cottage at a nice retirement village, and I’ve grown very attached to a widower who also lives here. I want us to get married, but he just wants me to move in with him because he says he’ll lose some tax benefits if we get married. What would you advise?
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Q: I just paid my taxes, and it makes me angry to see all the churches, charities and other organizations that don’t pay a cent in taxes, while I have to pay until it hurts. They ought to pay their fair share just like everyone else. I know you don’t agree, but that’s my position.
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Q: My uncle claims to be a Christian, but the other day he admitted to me that every year he cheats on his taxes. He laughed and said he enjoys outsmarting the government. I don’t see how he can be a Christian, do you?
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Scripture is from the New International Version of the Bible, © 2011

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