IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 122 - Some people believe that they should keep all the money they have earned

IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Present a written argument to an educated reader with no specialist knowledge of the following topic: 

Some people believe that they should keep all the money they have earned and should not pay tax to the state.

Do you agree or disagree with the above notion?

You should write at least 250 words.

Model Answer 1:
A group of people think that residents should keep all their earnings and should not have an obligation in paying taxes to the government. I personally disagree with the statement as taxes are useful for the residents and the nation themselves, and the following essay will discuss it in details.

To begin with, it is a fact that taxes are used by the government for developing its nations. Taxes are allocated for various kinds of essential matters. Firstly, they are used for expanding and maintaining public transportation facilities, such expanding roads and highways, and replacing old public transportation units. Secondly, taxes are utilised for providing decent medical services and basic educations for their residents. And last but not least, taxes are also used for funding military services, which is important for maintaining the political stability of a nation.

And then, people should also notice that taxes that they have paid, will also be beneficial for themselves sooner or later. Some of the funds that have been collected by tax authorities are used for retirement funds. It means that in the end people will enjoy and benefit some personal facilities from the government, which are funded from taxes. Therefore people should not keep their earnings to themselves and they should comply in paying their tax duties and obligations.  

In conclusion, I do not agree if we should keep all our income and not pay any taxes to the government, as taxes are beneficial for the development of the people and the nation themselves.

( Written by - Darwin Lesmana)

Model Answer 2:
Whether people should pay tax to the government or not is an argument of great debate. Some people think that it is government's responsibility to raise money from other sectors and should not take the portion of a person's hard earning cash while others stand just opposite of this opinion. I believe if the government spend the money for the benefit of the citizen, as it meant to be for every country, and value  the mass people's opinions and suggestions how to best use the money, then there is nothing wrong with the tax paying method and rather had many positive reasons to do so.

Those who are against the tax paying system often opine that the government should never take their hard earning money for the sake of country's development scheme. This is especially true for those who earn an amount that barely supports  his/her family and who are not satisfied with the public service provided by the government. In many countries, people have to pay a tax of more than a quarter of the total earning of a year and yet do not get basic facilities like treatment, education and they have to spend their own pocket money for those purposes. This is very natural that they become angry about the tax paying.

But tax , collected from the people of a country can be a great fund to use for their betterment by the government. There are lots of poor people who can be benefited from the tax paid by the others. The government can build more roads, offer public services, and can introduce other useful scheme using the money. Almost in most of the countries, people who earn more than a predefined amount have to pay tax and not for those who earn less than that amount. So Government is not forcing poor people to pay tax but those who are able to pay tax.     

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Andy
Income tax is meant to assist the government to develop the infrastructure of the country, invest in new projects, decrease the gap between the poor and rich and on top of that, help the taxpayers at their old age. Although some might not condone with the taxpaying process, others feel that it is a powerful tool for development. This essay outlines the mixed emotions of the public when paying taxes.A government’s main cash-flow for developing the infrastructure of the country is either through loans or the taxpayers’ money. Loans can be repaid by having road toll taxes or development levies from the public for the use of the facility. However, the loans do not come free and often include a hefty interests rate and other obligations. Thus according to many reliance on such loans is often a burden for a state and they advocate for the government's earning from income tax. Moreover, the state provides numerous facilities to its citizens like free education, healthcare, social security, trade facility, subsidiary in other important sectors and thus the budget requirements increase every year. If the money is not collected from capable citizens, the government can not offer those amenities and opportunities. Poor citizens are usually excluded from such tax and thus many feel that this is a great tool to ensure the rights of the poor in a country. Conversely, some hesitate to pay taxes as they believe that they have earned the money and have the right to keep it all. Those people fail to realise that they have used many benefits offered by the state to earn the money and have a natural obligation to pay back a portion of it which would be used to help all. In some poor and developing countries, corruption levels are to the extremes and thus attracting tax evasions. Not to pay the income tax is often a result of lack of knowledge but in most of the cases, it is intentional. To recapitulate, I believe it is very important for us to pay taxes for a healthy economy and a progressive nation. We should pay taxes so that the poor can get help in their lives and our future generations don’t migrate to other countries for work. A change in a country is evident if the citizens bring a change in themselves and pay taxes on time.
Raman
Sample 1 has both of disagreement. Can somebody clear Me that?
Ercan
Hi! would both of these essay get band score 9? Thanks.