Saturday, January 3, 2015

2015 Tax Season

Taxes in Ashland are collected once every two years. Taxes are based on a number of things. Some of the things I look at are: household value, cash on hand, number of dependents, income class, deductions and luxury taxes. Using this information, I can come up with what I think is a fair amount for my sims to pay in taxes. Let's see how it worked out this season:

2015 Tax Breakdown
Calloway: $11,847 Paid
Grey: $5,410 Paid
Fairbanks: $4,962 Paid
Fisher: $858 Refunded
Krause: $683 Paid
Nolan: $12,870 Paid
Parker: $318 Refunded
Rowe: $734 Refunded
Smith: $17,670 Paid
Total of playables taxes: $25,792 paid

In order to find the amount of taxes from my townies, I decided to multiply the amount paid by the playbles by 5. There are more than 7 times as many townies/NPCs in my hood, so I thought 5 was a fair number. This number will probably vary each tax season.
Total of townie taxes: $128,690 paid

Grand Total: $154,752 collected

Frequently Asked Questions

You might be wondering, where does all this money go?!
Town Projects get 45%, Education gets 35% and Medical gets 20% of the total amount collected. With this breakdown that means City Hall gets $69,638.40, the school district gets $54,163.20 and the hospital gets $30,950.40. 

How will this money be used?
A member from the school district stated that they plan to use this money to upgrade the high school. "Talk of renovating the high school has been heard for years," Principal Raymond Hodge recollects "and now we finally have some money to do it!" 

The hospital plans to use some of the money to finish the recent renovations. Talk of an MRI machine and new maternity ward have been rumored.

City Hall plans to use the money to create more affordable housing in the form of apartments in Ashland's city center. This will be ideal housing for young sims who want to live closer to thier jobs in Ashland.


  1. Ashland's got more sims paying taxes than Simdale Valley had in the latest tax year! It will be fun to see the building projects :-) Especially the affordable apartments and school upgrade!

    1. Lol! I just felt like if I only taxed my 33 playables I'd never get anywhere.

      I am so excited about some of the upgrades! I already started the affordable apartments project! I just saw a tutorial on how to stack lots on top of one another (SO COOL) and I wish I had done that with my other lots. Tours will be coming soon :)

  2. I haven't done taxes at all since I rebuilt Sullivan but I've been thinking about how I'll do them. I love your system but I'm undecided on whether I want to do any extra maths!

    When you say, for example, Education gets 35%, do you split that money up and have a certain sim hold it or do you just spend it? One problem I had with my taxes was that my mayor eventually had too much money to hold in the town (which was really her) bank account and splitting it up among my council reps might solve that. Just wondering how you handle it.

    1. I have a no-math needed setup! Someone had posted their tax form on their blog (which I can't find ATM) and I just use that. All you have to do is manually input the data and viola - it does everything else for you! Amazing :)

      I don't actually have anyone hold onto the money just because sometimes that gets sticky. I thought about having a mayor and letting them hold onto the money but it just seems like an extra step I'd rather not do. Instead, I just keep track of it on my excel sheet. I take the money from all the sims (by familyfunds cheat). Then when I am ready to "use" the funds I'll add them into whoever owns the building I'm editing. For example, when I edit the high school I'll use familyfunds to put the money in the principal's account and build as I see fit. Hope that helps!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

    2. Oh, yeah, I think Starr and LaurelCrossing both have tax forms up. I can't use those, because I'm so terrible at maths that I don't trust myself to notice whether I've put the numbers in wrong! I'm comfortable with a calculator though, so I stick with that.

      And duh, just keeping track of the money rather that funnelling it to an actual sim is so much easier! I don't know why I never thought of it but I'm going to do that once I start my taxes again. Thanks for your explanation!

  3. Your post makes me want to do taxes! I just started my schedule for round 10 and put Taxes down so I don't forget. I like the idea of keeping track of the funds the way you do, I used to have a pnpc mayor, but now I do elections and I didn't want the city funds mingling with my families. Keeping track on a separate file would be great, right now it's been an unlimited budget! Looks like great places to use the money, especially the hospital additions! I need to add those to mine too, I hope you post pictures!