It is never that easy to predict when taxes might go up. Despite what politicians might say there could be a chance that taxes will rise. This could be income tax, but we also pay other taxes such as VAT on the goods we buy, duty on certain products we buy such as petrol and alcohol as well as taxes added on to things we buy like insurance. If taxes do rise, then we can really notice it as the things we buy will be more expensive or the amount we earn will go down or both will happen. It can therefore be wise to be prepared just in case this does happen.
Have some savings
Having some savings behind us can be really useful for all sorts of situations and this is one of them. If we have some money there, it will mean that we can afford things more easily. So, if we get into the situation where we find that we run out of money, then we will have some savings to fall back on rather than getting a loan. Although a loan can also be a solution, loans are not available to everyone, particularly those with a poor credit record.
It can be tricky to build up some savings, particularly if you find it hard to manage to buy everything you want on the money that you have. However, even just saving a small amount of money will help as long as you try to save it regularly.
Although, having a lump sum of money will only help in a limited way. If you regularly dip into it, once taxes get too high for you to be able to cope with, the money will eventually run out. In this case you will need an alternative plan.
By spending less money you will be able to have more available to pay the tax. This can be tricky though. It can be a good idea to split up the items that you are buying into ones that are necessary to buy and ones that are not. Once you do this, you will be able to more clearly see where you might be able to reduce your spending. While you may not want to cut your spending right down, it might highlight areas where you are spending money that you did not really realise. You will also be able to compare prices on everything that you buy and that will enable you to make sure that you are not spending more than necessary. It can be good to start by doing this with the things that you pay the most for as if you can reduce the cost significantly then this will make a bigger difference to how much money you save. You may want to just try to buy the same things but find cheaper alternatives or buy less things. This is a personal decision which will also be determined by whether you are prepared to go without certain things or not.
If you do not want to cut down or find that cutting down is too hard, then the only other option you will have is to earn more. This might sound impossible but it is possible that there are things that you could try which might work for you. You might find, for example, that you could ask for a pay rise and be offered one. You might be able to pick up some extra work that would help. Otherwise you might be able to find some online work that you could do which will earn you a bit extra. Some people even start up a part-time business to bring in more money. You might even be able to make money by renting out a room in your house or your driveway. There are plenty of options and you will need to take a look at which might suit you the best. There are many money making websites which will have lots of ideas about how you might be able to earn more money and so it can be worth looking at these to get lots of ideas and hopefully you will be able to find some that will suit you and will allow you to be able to start earning more money and managing your costs more easily or being able to save some money.
So, although you cannot prevent tax rises or prevent paying that extra money, if you know what to do, you will not have to struggle for money. It can be great knowing that you have a plan that will enable you to manage in this situation and that you will not have to get a loan to make ends meet, as while loans can be very positive, if you have to borrow just to afford to live, it is doubtful you will be able to afford to repay it.