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Taxing the Poor

Zerubbabel Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 11:34 AM
Sales tax, sin tax on alcohol and tobacco, road tax on gas and tires and many other little taxes do not spare the poor. Only the homeless avoid paying real estate tax; that tax not placed by the elite of Washington but by our own neighbors in controlling and corrupt local governments.
Doug5049 Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 3:16 PM
Right. And lower income people use more tobacco than higher income people.

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...