Sales taxes are regressive, they disproportionately affect the people who spend
a higher percentage of their income each year, which is the poor.
@atl134 - No, they would be spending the same proportionate amount as anyone
else. Plus, by going with a sales tax only model, the poor would receive more of
their income back, just like everybody else and not have to wait until they file
taxes. Besides, under this model, the poor could still be charged a lower rate.
I wholeheartedly agree that the income tax model for this state
& country need to be revamped. A sales tax only model would give consumers
more control over government spending as well as market prices. If tax rates get
too high, people stop spending, so either the government has to lower taxes to
boost it, or businesses have to lower prices, or both taxes and prices will have
to be lowered. Plus, we won't have to file income taxes and go through the
whole mess of figuring out exemptions and deductions. I think it's
definitely something that should be considered at all levels of government.
Maybe we should only have property and capital gains tax.All taxes
come from properties or capital gains.All taxes.No
income tax, no sales tax, no payroll tax.Then let the states support
whatever programs they choose with a mandated infrastructure and defense
budget.Then, only allow property owners to vote. No one else.Wonder what kind of world we would end up with?I bet the
states would look a lot different.Just wondering.The
posting limits and word limitations prevent this idea from becoming too much
Corporate income tax is a hidden tax paid by the consumer. Sales tax is paid by
the Consumer, but is not hidden. The sales tax will not be anymore burdensom to
the poor than the hidden taxes in the goods they buy now.
I left Utah for Washington, and state income tax played a pretty significant
role in that decision. The burden of income tax is more than financial.
It's also an anvil hanging over my head year round, both for the P.I.T.A.
of actually filing the tax forms, and the complexity of purchase decisions.
"Is this deductible?" "Is that deductible in this state, but taxable
in that state?" "What's my tax rate?" "Should we be a
two-income family, or are we paying so much in taxes and costs-of-working that
it's actually cheaper to just stay home?" Washington State has a sales
tax (except on unprepared food) and property tax. It's just so much less
At risk of sounding heartless, why do we have any progressive taxes, or taxes
higher or lower for one group of citizens than another? Unless you are
committed to a socialist state?The "Poor" benefit from a
huge number of programs but pay very little of their income in taxes of any
sort, and often get cash back from various "refundable tax credits" or
"earned income tax credits." (Many of which are riddled with fraud.)If you want to have gas taxes to help pay for highways, remember that
"the Poor" benefit from the trucks that bring their food, not just rich
folks on vacation in their massive RVs. Everyone should pay the
same percentage of their income in taxes, from those who make almost nothing,
who will pay almost nothing, to millionaires who will pay huge amounts. This
can be from a sales tax, or from a flat income tax. No special tax breaks to
benefit certain classes, or special punitive taxes on those who work, save or
Government revenue isn't the problem. Spending is.Whether they
take it from my front pocket or my back pocket. We all pay.This is
typical "smokescreen" to divert from the real problem of out of control
spending.6 figure government salaries. U.S. troops in over 90
countries. Billions down the black hole that is the U.N.How much
would we save if we eliminated the IRS entirely? What Congressperson would go
along with it? They all have their favorite forced charity.
Louisiana does indeed have a sales tax on food. Although it is exempt from the
state sales tax (a four percent tax), local sales taxes--which range statewide
in Louisiana from 3.5 to 6.99%, depending on the city and/or parish--still apply
to all food purchased in Louisiana.
I favor a flat tax on disposable income. But because disposable income
can't be quantified, the right kind of progressive tax most closely
approaches that. I think that a low corporate tax is good. Companies generate
jobs. Capital gains taxes are good. The companies are really owned by the
stockholders. Tax the companies on the level of the stockholders when they sell
the stock.I think that the mortgage rate deduction should only
include the first $300,000 of house. So I can't get a subsidy on buying a