I think I got burnt out on paying taxes back in '97 when one of the Senators for the state I was working in released his tax info. The previous year The Old Lady and I made $15K. The Senator made over $150K. We paid $1500 in federal taxes, give or take a few dollars. The Senator paid around $700 in federal taxes. He made over ten times what we did and paid less than half of what we did in federal taxes. At that rate, I guess millionaires pay no taxes, or so it seems to me. One of the reasons for this disparity is we have never been able to itemize our taxes. We've owned several houses and paid mortgages, but we've never cracked the threshold for itemizing. We've always had to use the standard deduction because we didn't have enough deductions even with mortgage interest and other stuff to itemize.
That same year I got this Dilbert shirt.(The shirt finally wore out last year and became rags.) Well, after that job ended, I put the bastard on a diet!! I did work off and on (more off than on) after that, but I lost all enthusiasm for working to subsidize the rich after that year.