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Taxing the Poor

jack1466 Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 2:09 AM
INRE jenny 83 below,if you tell/convince all those politicians to stop spending,eventually you'll lose the income you presently enjoy IE those funds will"dry"up.New funds will be titled someone needs a new car Taxes won't be decreased,and politicians have to spend the Money.If you want the"Freebies"taxes have to be levied. and the money spent

With all the talk about taxing the rich, we hear very little talk about taxing the poor. Yet the marginal tax rate on someone living in poverty can sometimes be higher than the marginal tax rate on millionaires.

While it is true that nearly half the households in the country pay no income tax at all, the apparently simple word "tax" has many complications that can be a challenge for even professional economists to untangle.

If you define a tax as only those things that the government chooses to call a tax, you get a radically different picture from...