When you are thinking of your income tax bill you should give some consideration to the implications of this tax regime on your personal finance status. Most people are not fans of taxation. There are many reasons why people might not want to pay taxes. First of all they might not be able to pay the tax in the first place.
Life is hard enough without having to worry about the taxman and what they intend to do to your personal finances. The problem is made worse by the fact that the government is usually not sympathetic to people when they are unable to pay their taxes. In the past they used to throw them into jail. Now they just make the tax bill larger than ever before.
You then have the fiscal conservatives that are just against income tax in all its different forms. They particularly object to it if it comes from the federal government. This is partly driven by their resentment of the programs that are funded by the taxes. They might feel that they do not want to provide welfare assistance to people in distress or that they do not wish to get social programs on their tax dollars.
In any case this has led to the rise of groups that oppose the different income tax levies. In the USA it has become a hot political issue and now it is mixed in with old racial resentments leading to a toxic mix that is about to divide the nation.
You have a responsibility to pay income tax. It may be the case that you have some valid ideological differences with the people that are collecting the taxes but this does not give you the right to avoid paying the taxes. Actually there is a difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion.
Tax avoidance might not be ethical but it is legal. On the other hand tax evasion is both unethical and illegal. You have to consider the income tax in your jurisdiction so that you are prepared for the bill when it comes in. You also have to think about the backdated income tax that might come your way if you have not been diligent in the way that you have managed your personal finances.
Some jurisdictions go for the income tax through the payroll system so you really do not have to worry about the details. However if you are self employed the situation is slightly more complicated. You will need to apply for the appropriate code and ensure that you are making the payments at the right time regardless of your personal finances at the time.
You are also responsible for collecting any income tax refunds if you are overcharged. This can be a nice surprise at the beginning of the year. You will find that it is one of the great income surprises that can improve your personal finances. The one principle is that we cannot avoid the income tax system.