Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Government Taxes VS American Citizens

First question of the day: IF you tell a lie enough times does that make it 'truth'?

1) Top 25% of Americans don't pay their fair share in taxes….
2) Corporations pay taxes…..

The article below was posted today by the Centre for Individual Freedom and written by Timothy Lee. The information for the article was published by our very own IRS. We won't make any comments about the article but please read through.

To the second question concerning corporations. The federal government has made corporations their 'tax collectors'. Corporations make their money selling goods or services to citizens. What ever the corporation's tax burden is, this burden gets built into the pricing of their goods or services and passed through to us.(The consumer/citizen/voter.) The business then turns the money over to the government.

Government has said and the liberal press broadcast the idea for decades that our business are evil and greedy. This lie has been told enough times that it appears to be 'truth' and seemly most voters believe it.

Second question of the day?

How can we have a growing vibrant capitalist economy IF the consumer has no 'discretionary money' to spend? After mortgages, insurances, car payments, children's expenses, clothing's, power, gas, federal and state taxes, etc. where will the 'cash to spend' come from?

Latest IRS Data: Wealthier Americans Again Paid More than Their “Fair Share”
By Timothy H. Lee

Wealthier Americans don’t pay their fair share of the nation’s income tax burden – they actually pay more than their fair share. Says who? The Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

“The rich are not paying their fair share.” So said Hillary Clinton earlier this year, parroting one of the political left’s favorite canards.  In fairness, perhaps she only meant to reference her own gilded marital syndicate with Bill. 

Regardless, she’s absolutely right, but in a very different manner than she intended.  Wealthier Americans don’t pay their fair share of the nation’s income tax burden – they actually pay more than their fair share. 

Says who?  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 

This month, the IRS released its annual summary of federal income tax data, including its breakdown of earnings and tax rate categories.  Once again, the real-world numbers flatly contradict the myth perpetuated by class warriors attempting to justify government growth and even higher taxation. 

Here are the IRS numbers for 2008, the latest year available: 

The wealthiest 1% of American taxpayers (incomes of $380,354 and higher) earned 20.00% of the nation’s income in 2008, which was down from its 22.83% income share in 2007.  Their share of income taxes paid, however, was 38.02%.  Accordingly, the portion of income taxes paid by the top 1% was approximately twice as high as their portion of income earned. 

If that two-to-one ratio doesn’t constitute a “fair share,” it’s difficult to imagine what does in the mind of the modern liberal. 

That same dynamic applies across all income categories.  The top 5%, with incomes over $159,619, earned 34.73% of the nation’s income, but paid 58.72% of the nation’s income taxes.  Not quite the two-to-one income earned/taxes paid ratio of the top 1%, but pretty close and still highly disproportionate. 

Moreover, that means that the top 5% paid more income taxes than the remaining 95% combined. 

The top 10% bracket (incomes above $113,799) earned 45.77% of the nation’s overall income, but paid 69.94% of the nation’s income taxes.  When the top 10% doesn’t earn half the nation’s total income but pays approximately 70% of its total income taxes, under what delusional standard is that “not their fair share?” 

The top 25%, which encompasses incomes above $67,280, earned 67.38% of total income for 2008, but accounted for 86.34% of income taxes paid, and the top 50% segment (incomes above $33,048) earned 87.25% of America’s income but paid an astonishing 97.30% of income taxes. 

How about the bottom 50%, with incomes of $33,048 and below?  According to the IRS data, they earned 12.75% of national income in 2008, but paid 2.70% of income taxes.  And even that amount is down from the 2.89% share from 2007. 

Just as importantly, the IRS tables provide some very eye-opening historical data.  It isn’t pretty for Oliver Stone and other Reagan or Bush antagonists. 

The political left persistently characterizes Ronald Reagan’s presidency as the point at which “the rich” really began to prosper at the expense of middle- and lower-class Americans, but the facts again show the opposite.  In 1980, the top 1% paid 19.05% of the nation’s income taxes, but in 2008 paid 38.02% - twice as much.  The top 5% of Americans paid 36.84% of the income tax burden in 1980, but 58.72% in 2008.  In 1980, before the supposed “Decade of Greed,” the top 10% bracket paid 49.28% of America’s income taxes, but that increased to 69.94% for 2008.  The same is true of the top 25%, which accounted for 73.02% of the income tax burden in 1980, but 86.34% in 2008.  For its part, the bottom 50% of American income earners saw its national tax share decline from 7.05% in 1980 to 2.70% in 2008. 

Contrary to lazy popular myth, wealthier Americans also saw their income tax portions increase during the Bush years. 

Since 2001, the top 1% saw its share of income taxes rise from 33.89% to 38.02%.  During that 2001 to 2008 period, the top 5% saw its income tax burden increase from 53.25% to 58.72%, and the top 10% paid 64.89% of the nation’s income taxes in 2001 but 69.94% in 2008.  The top quartile’s share rose from 82.90% to 86.34% from 2001 to 2008, and the top half’s share rose from 96.03% to 97.30% during that span. 

As we approach the largest tax increase in history when the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire on January 1, this straightforward IRS data provides extremely important perspective. 

Ignorance serves the purposes of President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid as they seek to “spread the wealth around” and impose even more burdens on American families and small businesses.  Ironically, the IRS itself provides a welcome roadblock to their destructive scheme. 

Third question of the day? Are the Federal and State governments too large and too costly?

The answer to this question is all too obvious to most citizens BUT not all. There are demands from many voters for more and more social programs. This is a growing group of voters. There are 'needs' within sections of our population and the question is what responsibilities, if any, does the working family have to non-working families? Can a balance be found? The answer can't simply be more taxes and bigger government. This is a failed idea that is destroying our economy.

Fourth question of the day? Will we be paying less taxes with the programs this President and congress passed?

Come November…. I still don't think the Prez and congress has 'got it' yet. On November 2, we will just have a good face to face 'sit down conversation' with them.



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