High property tax, which varies due to a number of mostly geographical factors, can pose significant problems to residents and would-be residents, as it discourages them from moving into the area. Residents may also be forced to leave their homes and communities to manage costs, especially in times of inflation.
A Twitter user doesn't think retirees — who are likely living off pension — and elderly people, in general, should have to pay this levy. They asked, “Who agrees with ending property tax at the age of 65 so that seniors can finally stop being pushed out of their homes?”
@TGrammie2 is of the opinion that taxation is theft, and if property tax should exist, it shouldn't be taxed annually.
I don’t think property taxes should be a thing. Taxation is theft. We bought the property, paid taxes at the time of purchase like we do with everything else it shouldn’t be taxed on a year-round basis— 🌺 Bekah 🌻 (@TGrammie2) January 20, 2023
Someone else counters this logic: “Well, that is how most places fund their police, fire, streets and schools. What is your proposal?”
A Trump supporter @StillWithTrump suggests that the government needs wiser spending habits, and residents should not have to pay the price of their excessive spending.
End it all together.. You should pay taxes only at the time of purchase. If the government had less money they would spend more wisely. There is so much waste and we all foot the bill.— Gino Sabato (@StillWithTrump) January 20, 2023
@mhdksafa thinks it's only fair that old people pay their taxes like everyone else.
No. You won't let young people with families get a break on taxes when they need it most to have home in good school district. When old cannot afford their house they should move. Many have paid off mortgage & taxes is all they pay.— Jo Ann Duman (@JoAnnDuman) January 19, 2023
@squiddy61 contrasts this idea, pointing out all the benefits that young people enjoy, compared to old people.
Child Tax Credits, tax-free dependent care, mortgage deductions and CHiP aren't enough for you?— Squiddy McCephalopod (@squiddy61) January 20, 2023
Property taxes are primarily for education for *your* children – theirs are long gone
They spent decades paying property taxes – let them retire with some dignity
Another person replies: “You are young & able to work. One day you will be old & wake up to the how the rising costs of…everything…will affect your life. Property tax is not all they have to worry about, but that money could help in other areas. Compassion & critical thinking aren't your strong suits.”
@AIWashburn presented a solution:
End property tax, period. Raise income taxes on the wealthy instead.— Amy Washburn (@AIWashburn) January 20, 2023
One user thinks that people shouldn't have to pay taxes on properties they own, and not people living off Social Security.
Yes! Our home is paid for. We shouldn’t have to pay taxes on something we own. People living on Social Security usually don’t get enough to buy groceries, pay bills and insurance. Property taxes are nothing but rent to the government.— Deborah Braswell (@DeborahBraswe15) January 20, 2023
Another user thinks being older isn't enough reason to get a “free pass”, and not when they had enough years to save for retirement. They suggest it places more strain on younger people.
absolutely NOT. Just because you have had more birthdays does not give you some free pass. If the elderly do not pay their fair share that shifts the burden to younger people to pay more. Old people had plenty of time to save for their retirement years…— trixeyfairfield (@trixeyfairfield) January 20, 2023
@RJM doesn't think the government treats senior citizens fairly enough.
Imagine how great life could be if senior citizens were treated half as well as illegal immigrants by this administration. We would have free, healthcare, welfare, food stamps, and little to no accountability.— Mel1979 (@RJMRogers) January 20, 2023
Someone replies: “Sounds good in theory. Anything offered to illegal immigrants is better than what they left. But anything given to citizens by this govt is never going to be better than what we would provide for ourselves if govt stay out of the private sector & out of our wallets.”
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Boloere Seibidor, fondly called B.S. is a Nigerian-based writer and poet. Her favorite topics to cover include music, especially Hip-Hop, film, lifestyle, and fashion. She's been published by Feral Journal, Fantasy Magazine, The Temz Review, and most notably, Wealth of Geeks. She enjoys romantic dinners, movie nights, and touring new sites. When she's not writing, she's delving back in time to the underground world of Hip-Hop, watching TikTok, or visiting the cinema.