Just a vent story to put things in perspective. Recently my very generous client gave me a 5000 dollar Xmas bonus Out of that 5000 I had to pay 1000 in income tax. 3000 of it, I'm using to pay my property tax. That leaves me with 1000 bucks. Government gets 4000. I get 1000. And when I use that 1000 to buy gas or clothing, it will be taxed again. The government gets almost all my bonus.