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Taxing the Poor

The March Hare Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 7:12 AM
Energy and food are not counted in the inflation figures in order to keep it low, but how can people not notice the cost of their biggest expenses shooting up so much? Even liberals.

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...