What are Tax Refunds? Tax, Slightly Cynical, Talk Why do business owners have to pay payroll taxes? Note that the content is meant to be educational, only. Explanation: We often learn best with images and with a story, and a story needs memorable characters with strong characteristics. Thinking about tax law and the tax code as an interplay taking place over time between a greedy tax collector and hard working business person or employee can provide content to help memorize the law and make the process more fun. This information is not designed to promote a political opinion or to talk down about a person, party, or organization in particular even though the government and the IRS will typically be the bad guy. In reality, the IRS is an institution that is part of a democracy and does not represent one character with greedy intentions but is rather much more complex.