I used to think that taxes were just something that my parents paid, and the money would go to a bank and sit there. I also knew that there were a lot of type of taxes: income, property, sales, social security. We make money, and we pay taxes. We spend money, and we pay taxes. After storing money in the bank, our interest is taxed.
But now imagine a world with unpaved roads and no highways, not to mention your state would no longer have a congressmen or policeman. Our taxes are used to maintain public works and pay officials. Without taxes, society would come to a stand still. We take for granted a lot of what is done to keep our cities looking nice.
Texas does not have an income tax but has a very high property tax. Different states may have different tax policies but the money is made up elsewhere. There are also federal taxes. 36% of this money goes toward military funding and salaries. The top 1% of of people (based on highest income) pay 38% of the taxes. Taxes are really a financial redistribution. Neither how much people are taxed or the redistribution are equal. This is not to say that people who have very little should pay the same amount of taxes, but the redistribution leads to an unbalanced economy.