The plutocrats of both parties offer “freedom” all right– the same freedom that has been extended to serfs for hundreds of years:  the freedom to be starved and be taxed out of existence while they continue to get a free ride on the backs of the majority with the tax loopholes that they write for themselves.

Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen

it’s true that the Federal income tax is progressive, although it’s not nearly as progressive as it once was and it’s not at all progressive for many like Mitt Romney from the 1%.

However, the part that the politicians neglect to mention is that other kinds of taxes are not progressive at all.  For example, there are payroll taxes.  Payroll taxes are not progressive, they are actively regressive.  The poor and middle class pay higher rates than the rich.  Social security tax is another tax that soaks the working poor and middle class.  We pay social security tax on 100% of our income while those who earn in excess of $106,000 a year don’t pay a dime of Social Security tax on income earned above $106,000.  Thus a person earning a million dollars a year only pays Social Security tax on 10% of his/her income with the majority of Americans pay Social Security tax on 100% of their income.

What conservatives don’t seem to get through their thick skulls is that a flat tax is an unjust tax.  If I have an income of $500,000 a year, paying 15% or 35% of my income in taxes does not affect whether I will be able to feed my family and put a roof over their head.  However if I am the head of a household earning $35,000 a year and must pay 20% of my income in federal taxes, that amounts to $7,000 a year and this means that cuts will come–not from how many vacations my family can afford to take but from whether we can have two or three meals a day or whether we can afford to pay the rent, buy clothes or put gas in the car.  Such a tax burden on the poor cripples them and keeps them in poverty.  A flat tax unfairly burdens those who can least afford it.

Then there are state income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes and other fees.  State taxes are not progressive at all.  The Corporation for Enterprise Development recently released a scorecard for all 50 states.

Here are the top 20 states.  Look at the tax burden by income.

 

Liz Berry

Liz Berry

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