Is the taxation in Nordic countries really as bad as they say? I prefer to hear answers from actual Nordics.
All Nordic countries are different, except perhaps Finland and Sweden, which have almost identical average wages and price levels at the moment. Legislation and labor code have long been very much alike.Tax calculations are produced in different ways and taxes are spent in slightly different ways, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the tax percentages were within a reasonably close margin.The following calculation is for Finland.As local tax payers do, go to the income tax rate calculator 2019.Fill in municipality, parish (if any) and year of birth. We’ll leave all else blank.On earned income, we’ll just fill in the first box in the form. Say, 40,000€ ($45,000) for a median income in the private sector.You could play with other variables like capital income, but this is a very basic example.Next are deductions. Common deductions include home loan interest, student loan interest and commuting expenses. We’ll just claim annual 300€ ($340) from trade union membership fees and unemployment fund payments.Rates used for calculation:Resulting income tax for 2019 is 18.5%, of which 18.0% is municipal tax.Full disclosure, 0.815 x 40,000 isn’t your annual net salary. There is withholding tax we need to take into consideration. That covers pension, unemployment and health insurance, and is paid by your employer. (Here’s probably where practices vary between countries the most).So we’ll visit another online calculator. This one’s only in Finnish and Swedish, not English.Same example salary, same example age. No deductions. Add the income tax percentage calculated before and you get an estimated annual net salary of 29,300€. That’s 27% tax on income. All included.Here’s a taste of what ‘all’ entails. The Social Insurance Institution of Finland in English online. (Apparently they also have an Instagram account!)You might be interested to know how much you spent on healthcare there?It’s indirectly supported by the municipal tax, but the health insurance, specifically, came to 988€ ($1,120) a year, which was suspended from your income in monthly installments of 82.33€.For 80% of the population this will do. Approximately 20% have a private health insurance.There’s more than income tax, of course. Let’s check out the tax payer info online. Only brief summary available in English there, sorry.Here’s the whole tax contribution sorted by source.Finland’s taxes in 2017, million euros34,404 from income tax31,848 from consumption27,068 from mandatory social security payments, incl. the withholding tax we saw earlier.Property tax is in the bottom-right corner, there. Everything else is pretty insignificant.We’ve already broken down the two big ones. Zooming in on consumption now.20,404 MEUR tax revenue from VAT (value added tax)4,324 from energy (gasoline, electricity)1,340 from alcohol. The state monopoly liquor store online1,169 from taxes on vehicles …962 from tobacco products…1,021 MEUR from national lottery and gambling.Yes, gambling. Tax revenue from horse races and slot machines is used for supporting sports and culture.Tax contribution being made in a supermarketVAT is a tax on consumption. Those who do not consume, do not pay. Value added tax is generally 24%, but reduced on basic necessities:14 % on groceries, restaurants and meal services10 % on medicine, accommodation, transportation, books, sports and recreation.VAT is not paid for exports.Here’s how it plays out in general price levels.Cost Of Living Comparison Between United States And FinlandFinnish people on average have 16.29% less disposable income than Americans. That difference suspended from your salary covers an array of social services, incl. universal health insurance in EU, higher education, nine months parental leave, subsidized daycare… things Americans tend to pay more out of pocket for.With subsidies, preschool and daycare is 63.41% cheaper in Finland.Here’s the widest margin in USA’s favor:Gasoline is +141.15% more expensive in Finland. I certainly noticed the difference on a road trip in USA earlier this year.Jeans and domestic beer are also much more affordable in USA. Groceries are more affordable in Finland and EU in general. With 14% VAT and all.To answer your question, is it bad? I recognize that there’s a significant chunk of my income gone every month, but I don’t feel bad about it considering what I’ve gotten in return. I was a net receiver for the first 25 years of my life. Now I pay back. I also support the services that my parents as pensioners need.I like that I have information available on what my contribution amounted to and what it’s spent on.What do you think, does it look bad?Edited to add:Look, it comes down to different mindsets. Living in the USA I would probably groan about taxes too, because the way the society is set up, you need a lot of disposable income to afford good living. Anything that hampers with that, incl. taxes, leaves lower/middle income earners with less options.This isn't the way it works in Europe. Tax-funded services provide the kind of security and opportunities that lower/middle income earners would struggle to obtain. This is most clearly demonstrated in health care and education.
How do I fill out a 1120 tax report?
If you are not sophisticated with taxes, DON'T try this form. You can get yourself in a lot of trouble. Get a good CPA or EA. The time and effort it will take you to figure this thing out is not worth it. If you value your time at more than the minimum wage, you will save time and money by hiring a professional.
Why don't schools teach children about taxes and bills and things that they will definitely need to know as adults to get by in life?
Departments of education and school districts always have to make decisions about what to include in their curriculum. There are a lot of life skills that people need that aren't taught in school. The question is should those skills be taught in schools?I teach high school, so I'll talk about that. The typical high school curriculum is supposed to give students a broad-based education that prepares them to be citizens in a democracy and to be able to think critically. For a democracy to work, we need educated, discerning citizens with the ability to make good decisions based on evidence and objective thought. In theory, people who are well informed about history, culture, science, mathematics, etc., and are capable of critical, unbiased thinking, will have the tools to participate in a democracy and make good decisions for themselves and for society at large. In addition to that, they should be learning how to be learners, how to do effective, basic research, and collaborate with other people. If that happens, figuring out how to do procedural tasks in real life should not provide much of a challenge. We can't possibly teach every necessary life skill people need, but we can help students become better at knowing how to acquire the skills they need. Should we teach them how to change a tire when they can easily consult a book or search the internet to find step by step instructions for that? Should we teach them how to balance a check book or teach them how to think mathematically and make sense of problems so that the simple task of balancing a check book (which requires simple arithmetic and the ability to enter numbers and words in columns and rows in obvious ways) is easy for them to figure out. If we teach them to be good at critical thinking and have some problem solving skills they will be able to apply those overarching skills to all sorts of every day tasks that shouldn't be difficult for someone with decent cognitive ability to figure out. It's analogous to asking why a culinary school didn't teach its students the steps and ingredients to a specific recipe. The school taught them about more general food preparation and food science skills so that they can figure out how to make a lot of specific recipes without much trouble. They're also able to create their own recipes.So, do we want citizens with very specific skill sets that they need to get through day to day life or do we want citizens with critical thinking, problem solving, and other overarching cognitive skills that will allow them to easily acquire ANY simple, procedural skill they may come to need at any point in their lives?
What if your taxes for 2017 was filed last year 2018 when filling out taxes this year 2019 and you didn't file the 2017 taxes, but waiting to do them with your 2019 taxes?
Looks like you want to wait for next year to file for 2018 & 2019 at the same time. In that case, 2018 will have to be mailed and 2019 only can be electronically filed. If you have refund coming to you on the 2018, no problem, refund check will take around 2 months. If you owe instead, late filing penalties will apply. If you have not yet filed for 2018, you can still file electronically till October 15.
Is it illegal for my boss to fill out the tax papers to tell them how much to take out?
It would be illegal for an employer to fill out a W-4 form for you.However, if you have not signed a W-4 form and given it to your employer, the employer is still required to withhold taxes. If I remember correctly they must do as if you'd filled out the form as single with 0 exemptions.If you want to change what your employer is withholding, you should be able to go to Internal Revenue Service, print out a W-4 form, fill it out and give it to your employer.If after that your withholding doesn't change in a reasonable time (I think they're allowed a couple of weeks), then talk to the IRS.
How do I fill out services tax?
HelloTwo cases here.You want to make service tax payment: Click this link to move the Service tax payment page on ACES site. EASIESTYou need to fill service tax return.Other than the paid software in the market. You can fill it from two utilities.a. St-3 offline utility.b. Online in aces website.Excel utility procedure is here: A separate excel utility is launched by the department for April to June 17 period. You can download utility from here. ACES’s Excel Utility for e-filing of ST-3/ ST-3C (Service Tax Return) for Apr. 2017 to Jun. 2017Going with the excel utility.You need to enable macro when you open excel. Excel asks to enable them when you open this file.Worksheet (Return): You need to fill the information of your company, service tax number, Type of return (Original), Constituion (e.g private limited company) and description of services. Validate the sheet and click next, you will get more tabs in the excel workbook after click next.Worksheet (Payable Services(1)): It includes the services provided, export and tax, taxable services under reverse charge. The sheet calculates the taxes by default after filling the necessary info of outward supplies.Paid-Service: Need to mention the tax paid in cash and by input credit recd. from your supplier of services. Separate figures of ST, KKC and SBC to be provided.Challan-Service: All the challan number and amountCenvat: This sheet comprises your opening cenvat as on 1st April 17 and credit taken and availed. You closing balance of Taxes in your account books should match with the closing balance in this sheet.Hope this answer your queries.Please upvote if this answer your queries. Thanks