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  • Tax Day Coincidence?

    The Associated Press reported last week: “Tax Day is a dreaded deadline for millions, but for nearly half of U.S. households it’s simply somebody else’s problem. About 47 percent will pay no federal income taxes at all for 2009. About 47 percent will pay no federal income taxes at all for 2009.”

    A new Gallup poll out this week finds that 45% of Americans believe “the amount of federal income tax you have to pay” are “about right.”

    47% of Americans pay no taxes and 45% believe what they pay is about right. What are the odds that these are the same Americans? No one ever said fundamental tax reform was going to be easy.

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    9 Responses to Tax Day Coincidence?

    1. Billie says:

      I'm sure I won't be the only one to say this, but: the odds are, they're not American at all. Or true unbelievers of personal strength, dignity, freedom and liberty… must have been democrats only?

    2. Paul Terry Stone says:

      Is not withholding taxes? If not, it must be highway robbery. Are you saying that anyone who receives a tax refund using IRS rules is a deadbeat?

    3. Drew Page, IL says:

      I would propose that anyone not paying federal income tax, either jointly, or individually, in the tax year prior to a federal election, should not be allowed to vote in that election. If you are not paying into the system, you should have no right determining how that tax money should be spent.

    4. Nick, Los Angeles says:

      No amount of Federal "Income" tax is about right. It is an illegal, non-apportioned direct tax set up to pay the interest on the loans from the Federal Reserve. How did we survive before that? Pretty well. And why does a government with the power to issue its own currency interest free borrow money from a private bank running up a vast national debt? It defies logic. Stop arguing about what kind of income tax we should have, end the federal Reserve and end the illegal income tax. Income is not defined in the IRS code by the way.

    5. Nick, Los Angeles says:

      PS.: to Carol L. Boston, what you described is not a flat tax, it is a graduated tax, which, by the way is one of the 10 tenets of communism set down by Karl Marx in The Communist Manifesto.

    6. Carol L. Boston says:

      And it for this very reason that ALL Americans should and MUST pay income tax. The implementation of a FLAT TAX would be “fair” to all. Make it 10% for anyone who makes under $50,000 and 15% for anyone making over $50,000. Very simple – we could reduce the number of IRS agency workers as they wouldn’t be needed. Besides, ever call the IRS? NO ONE THERE CAN GIVE YOU AN ANSWER!! They never know. Flat tax would let everyone have some skin in the game and we could reduce the size of the Federal Government in one swoop.

    7. Mary, IL says:

      We must be classified as one of those not paying taxes. Retired with Soc. Sec., Ira distribution which was a lot less dollars than prior years. Also have a lot of medical expenses and percentage wise we give more to charities than our VP. I would like to pay taxes as I have always believed if one has taxes to pay that means one is making money., So don't judge all as welfare cases. We will manage on our own thank you and we do NOT want Obamas welfare. We will not be dependent on the government hand outs.

    8. stirling, Pennsylvania says:

      Those that beileve that taxes are “just right” are not bearing a fair share of the tax burden, and are kidding themselves into beliving that the current system is fair. Until the current tax code is abolished and replaced with a “Fair Tax” system we will continue to have the oppression on those who succeed and create jobs in this country. To Punish those who succeed and create jobs is backwards thinking in that it assumes that those who create wealth will always be there and will not move their money elsewhere. The world market of investing today creates an easy route for those fed up with taxes to vote with their walet in addition to the ballot box on government tax policies.

    9. Jeanne Stotler, wood says:

      As a senior citizen I am going to say for people like Drew Page, we have paid our dues, we worked, paid our taxes, had money taken every week from a paycheck,after being taxed, so now we have high medical bills, we have to pay for Medicare B, and also pay for a supplement policy, these are all deductions from income. We were (our parents) that if we paid into SS and Medicare, that we could expect a return, now we are called mouchers as we collect what we worked for. If you pay for auto Ins. and after many years of no claims, you have a major accident, many injuries to you and others and your Ins. co. says "Sorry, I don't have the money to cover this" you'd be at an atty's. office ASAP and filing a suit against the Ins. Co. Th Gov't is saying this, and WE CAN NOT SUE, is this fair. NO NO NO so stop referring to us as mouchers.

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