Can someone please give us a rational argument why implementing a Flat Tax system in America is not fair? We don’t know if we can continue posting without thoroughly understanding this issue first. From a percentage basis, each person pays an equal amount of their income towards taxes, and from an absolute basis, richer people pay more!
Why don’t we just start taxing people according to height? The shorter you are, the more you have to pay! Brilliant idea, thanks. Here’s a commentary from a site that really got me thinking about the word “comrade” and the phrase “melt your pots for bullets.”
Those of you rich folks in the top 39.6% tax bracket (~$400,000 and higher) need to stop whining. You don’t get to whine. I hope this administration taxes the beejesus out of you all…it’s time you paid your fair share and get with the program. It’s only fair the wealthy pay more out of their millions and billions of dollars to subsidize the rest of us who need it the most. We are struggling in this recession and it’s time to fix the problem – by taxing the rich!
Gee whiz, last I checked, we live in America not North Korea. Why people believe it’s fair to tax one class of citizen a higher percentage than another confuses us. Is this not a pure form of discrimination? Fine, let’s agree that anybody below the poverty line of $25,000 for a family of four ($10,000 for a single person) are exempt from all income taxation.
Here’s a reasonable 15% Flat Tax Example:
“Poor” Man Income: $50,000 / year.
“Rich” Man Income: $1,000,000 / year.
How much does the poor and rich man pay as a percentage of their income? 15% each = equality!
How much tax does the poor man pay in absolute dollars? $7,500.
How much tax does the rich man pay in absolute dollars? $ 150,000
———-> The rich man earns 20X more than the poor man, but also pays 20X more than poor man in taxes! Equality!
Let’s put a twist to this example. Let’s say the rich man is a 50 year old ER doctor who saves lives every single day. He spent 15 years after high school studying, and $300,000 in tuition to become a doctor. Is it right to reward this doctor who studied harder than most of the population with a higher tax rate just because he makes $1 million a year?
One could argue this doctor deserves a tax holiday, or should spend regressively less on his taxes. But then, the honorable $50,000/yr school teacher says she’s helping people too, and should pay less taxes as well. It gets complicated, but not with a flat tax!
LET’S STOP DISCRIMINATING AGAINST PEOPLE
Should we tax everybody who makes more than us an even greater amount than we are taxed to help subsidize our own living? Should I buy the domain name: “Financial Socialist Samurai of America?” We are craving for rational reasons from the personal finance community as to why the flat tax is not fair. Everybody understands racism and bigotry is bad. Why then do we accept discriminating against income levels?
Mathematically, the flat tax makes perfect sense and expunges words such as “should, fair, subsidize” from the tax argument. What the government has is a serious spending problem. The first thing we’ll tell the president is the mother of all personal finance advice: spend less than you earn!
We have a monster budget deficit due to reckless spending and this must stop. The second thing we’ll tell the government is: discrimination is illegal. Damn, maybe we shouldn’t have revealed the secrets, for now it’ll be hard to make millions from the government.
Tax Progress For 2019
I’m glad that that tax reform in 2018 and beyond has stopped severely penalizing couples who want to get married. In the past, it was 1 + 1 = 1.2. Finally, it’s 1 + 1 = 2 up to each partner making $300,000 a year if you check out the latest tax bracket above.
Despite the standard deduction going up to $12,000 for singles and $24,000 for married couples, the State And Local Tax (SALT) deduction cap of only $10,000 hurts individuals and couples who live in high cost of living areas around the country.
For example, the median home price in San Francisco is $1.5 million, resulting in a $18,000 a year property tax bill. This couple might also pay $30,000 in state income tax for a total of $48,000 a year. $38,000 of their $48,000 in taxes can no longer be deductible. Meaning they lose out on thousands of dollars in tax refund.
This penalty against coastal cities and other high cost of living areas is why everybody should consider investing in the heartland of America. Due to technology, the trend is away from HCOL areas. The best way I’ve found to invest in lower cost areas of the country with lower property valuations and higher net rental yields is through real estate crowdfunding.
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Update for 2019: After leaving Corporate America and making little money in 2012 and 2013 from a lot of money a decade before, and now back to making a decent chunk of change with my online media business and various consulting gigs, I’ve got to say that my feelings about a flat tax have not changed. A flat tax above a certain poverty level by individual and family count is absolutely the fair and simplest way to go to not only collect more tax revenue, but to also simplify the tax filing process.