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24 Outrageous Facts About Taxes In The United States That Will Blow Your Mind

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The U.S. tax code is a complete and utter abomination and it needs to be thrown out entirely.  Nobody in their right mind would ever read the whole thing – it is over 3 million words long.  Each year, Americans spend billions of hours and hundreds of billions of dollars trying to comply with federal tax requirements.  Sadly, it is the honest, hard working Americans in the middle class that always get hit the hardest.  The tax code is absolutely riddled with loopholes that big corporations and the ultra-wealthy use to minimize their tax burdens as much as possible.  Many poor people do not pay any income taxes at all.  The dishonest are rewarded for cheating on their taxes (if they can get away with it) and the ultra-wealthy have moved trillions of dollars to offshore tax havens where they can avoid U.S. taxation altogether.  Our system is incredibly unfair to the millions of hard working people in the middle class and upper middle class that drag themselves out of bed and go to work each day and try to do the right thing.  In addition, the current U.S. tax system is incredibly inefficient, it diverts a tremendous amount of resources away from more valuable economic activities, and it has chased thousands of businesses and trillions of dollars out of the United States.  The U.S. tax code is such a complete and utter mess at this point that it can never be “fixed”.  The only rational thing to do is to abolish it completely, and any politician that tells you otherwise is lying to you.

The following are 24 outrageous facts about taxes in the United States that will blow your mind….

1 – The U.S. tax code is now 3.8 million words long.  If you took all of William Shakespeare’s works and collected them together, the entire collection would only be about 900,000 words long.

2 – According to the National Taxpayers Union, U.S. taxpayers spend more than 7.6 billion hours complying with federal tax requirements.  Imagine what our society would look like if all that time was spent on more economically profitable activities.

3 – 75 years ago, the instructions for Form 1040 were two pages long.  Today, they are 189 pages long.

4 – There have been 4,428 changes to the tax code over the last decade.  It is incredibly costly to change tax software, tax manuals and tax instruction booklets for all of those changes.

5 – According to the National Taxpayers Union, the IRS currently has 1,999 different publications, forms, and instruction sheets that you can download from the IRS website.

6 – Our tax system has become so complicated that it is almost impossible to file your taxes correctly.  For example, back in 1998 Money Magazine had 46 different tax professionals complete a tax return for a hypothetical household.  All 46 of them came up with a different result.

7 – In 2009, PC World had five of the most popular tax preparation software websites prepare a tax return for a hypothetical household.  All five of them came up with a different result.

8 – The IRS spends $2.45 for every $100 that it collects in taxes.

9 – According to The Tax Foundation, the average American has to work until April 17th just to pay federal, state, and local taxes.  Back in 1900, “Tax Freedom Day” came on January 22nd.

10 – When the U.S. government first implemented a personal income tax back in 1913, the vast majority of the population paid a rate of just 1 percent, and the highest marginal tax rate was just 7 percent.

11 – Residents of New Jersey pay $1.64 in taxes for every $1.00 of federal spending that they get back.

12 – The United States is the only nation on the planet that tries to tax citizens on what they earn in foreign countries.

13 – According to Forbes, the 400 highest earning Americans pay an average federal income tax rate of just 18 percent.

14 – Warren Buffett had an effective tax rate of just 17.4 percent for 2010.

15 – The top 20 percent of all income earners in the United States pay approximately 86 percent of all federal income taxes.

16 – Sadly, as Bill Whittle has shown, you could take every single penny that every American earns above $250,000 and it would only fund about 38 percent of the federal budget.

17 – The United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world (35 percent).  In Ireland, the corporate tax rate is only 12.5 percent.  This is causing thousands of corporations to move operations out of the United States and into other countries.

18 – Some tax havens are doing a booming business in setting up sham headquarters for U.S. corporations.  For example, the city of Zug, Switzerland only has a population of 26,000 people but it is the headquarters for 30,000 companies.

19 – In 1950, corporate taxes accounted for about 30 percent of all federal revenue.  In 2012, corporate taxes will account for less than 7 percent of all federal revenue.

20 – In a previous article, I discussed how many of our largest corporations make huge profits and yet pay less than nothing in taxes….

What U.S. corporations are able to get away with is absolutely amazing.

The following figures come directly out of a report by Citizens for Tax Justice.  These are combined figures for the tax years 2008, 2009 and 2010.

During those three years, all of the corporations below made a lot of money.  Yet all of them paid net taxes that were below zero for those three years combined.

How is that possible?  Well, it turns out that instead of paying in taxes to the federal government, they were actually getting money back.

So for these corporations, their rate of taxation was actually below zero.

If you have not seen these before, you are going to have a hard time believing some of these statistics…..


Profits: $4.9 billion

Taxes: -$34 million

*Fed Ex*

Profits: $3 billion

Taxes: -$23 million

*Wells Fargo*

Profits: $49.37 billion

Taxes: -$681 million


Profits: $9.7 billion

Taxes: -$178 million


Profits: $32.5 billion

Taxes: -$951 million


Profits: $2.1 billion

Taxes -$72 million

*American Electric Power*

Profits: $5.89 billion

Taxes -$545 million

*General Electric*

Profits: $7.7 billion

Taxes: -$4.7 billion

Are you starting to get the picture?

21 – Exxon-Mobil paid $15 billion in taxes in 2009, but not a single penny went to the U.S. government.

22 – Many wealthy Americans hide enormous amounts of money outside the country in order to avoid paying taxes.  According to the IMF, a total of 18 trillion dollars is currently being hidden in offshore banks.

23 – The number of traffic accidents spikes each year right around April 15th.  The following is from a recent Bloomberg article….

Deaths from traffic accidents around April 15, traditionally the last day to file individual income taxes in the U.S., rose 6 percent on average on each of the last 30 years of tax filing days compared with a day during the week prior and a week later, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

24 – Most of the tax debate is focused on income taxes, but the truth is that Americans pay dozens of other taxes every single year.  The following are just a few of the taxes that many Americans pay….

#1 Building Permit Taxes

#2 Capital Gains Taxes

#3 Cigarette Taxes

#4 Court Fines (indirect taxes)

#5 Dog License Taxes

#6 Federal Unemployment Taxes

#7 Fishing License Taxes

#8 Food License Taxes

#9 Gasoline Taxes

#10 Gift Taxes

#11 Hunting License Taxes

#12 Inheritance Taxes

#13 Inventory Taxes

#14 IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)

#15 IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)

#16 Liquor Taxes

#17 Luxury Taxes

#18 Marriage License Taxes

#19 Medicare Taxes

#20 Property Taxes

#21 Recreational Vehicle Taxes

#22 Toll Booth Taxes

#23 Sales Taxes

#24 Self-Employment Taxes

#25 School Taxes

#26 Septic Permit Taxes

#27 Service Charge Taxes

#28 Social Security Taxes

#29 State Unemployment Taxes (SUTA)

#30 Telephone Federal Excise Taxes

#31 Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Taxes

#32 Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Taxes

#33 Telephone State And Local Taxes

#34 Tire Taxes

#35 Toll Bridge Taxes

#36 Toll Tunnel Taxes

#37 Traffic Fines (indirect taxation)

#38 Utility Taxes

#39 Vehicle License Registration Taxes

#40 Vehicle Sales Taxes

#41 Workers Compensation Taxes

When you account for all forms of taxation on the federal, state and local levels there are many Americans that pay out more than half of their incomes in taxes.

We are being taxed into oblivion, and yet most Americans do not even realize that it is happening.

It is kind of like being killed by thousands of tiny cuts.

So what do all of these taxes buy us?

They buy us a massively bloated government that wastes money on some of the craziest things imaginable.

Millions of Americans work for the federal government, and yet most of them produce very little of real economic value.  The following comes from a recent National Review article….

By 2005, the federal government employed 14.6 million people: 1.9 million civil servants, 770,000 postal workers, 1.44 million uniformed service personnel, 7.6 million contractors, and 2.9 million grantees. This amounted to a ratio of five and a half “shadow” government employees for every civil servant on the federal payroll. Since 1999, the government had grown by over 4.5 million employees.

According to that same article, when you add in state and local government workers the numbers are even more dramatic….

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 3.8 million full-time and 1.5 million part-time employees on state payrolls. Local governments add a further 11 million full-time and 3.2 million part-time personnel. This means that state and local governments combined employ 19.5 million Americans.

Yes, we do need some government.  For example, without any law enforcement at all our society would descend into complete chaos, and without any military at all we would be completely open to foreign conquest.

In order to have a stable, secure society we do need some government.

However, we definitely do not need the massively bloated government that we have today.

The truth is that most government employees are a drain on the system.  Most of them just push paper around.  I used to work in Washington D.C. so I know what pushing paper around is all about.

And as I wrote about yesterday, there are millions of other Americans that enjoy a comfortable existence at the expense of the federal government without doing any work whatsoever.

Of course the biggest welfare recipients of all are the big corporations.  All forms of corporate welfare should be eliminated immediately.

When are U.S. taxpayers going to get sick and tired of paying for all of this?

Every single year, the federal government, state governments and local governments drain massive amounts of desperately needed money from hard working middle class families.

Then they take that money and spend it on incredibly foolish things.

When are American voters going to stand up and boldly declare that they have been taxed enough already and they aren’t going to take it anymore?

The current tax code is completely and utterly broken and it is beyond repair.

Unfortunately, neither the Republicans or the Democrats are proposing that we should get rid of it.

So we are just going to continue to get more of the same year after year, and it is the middle class that will feel the pain.

  • Rodster

    I heard this morning on the news that car accidents spike around April 15th.

    • Rodster

      I forgot to mention I was confirming fact#23

  • Jay

    Would you people please recognize corporations and business’s don’t pay taxes. They just collect them from whoever buys their product and passes it to the government. Business Taxes should be zero. We’d see a whole lotta jobs coming back to the US of A. Oh and no business taxes also means no business welfare. A nice level playing field.

    • Rodster

      We can start with GE. Oh that’s right it’s Jeffery Immelt who runs GE. Doesn’t he work for Obumma? How nice that those thieves are DemoCraps. 🙂

      • terri

        btw, where is Romney’s money??? oh yeah, offshore…

    • McKinley Morganfield

      I agree 100%. Taxes upon corporations & businesses are factored into what consumers pay for products & services. Take a given product or service and think about how every transaction that transpires in the course of producing that product or service is taxed and those taxes are passed along by the producer to the consumer.

      • P. Zander

        Let’s see. Corporations do not pay taxes.

        But corporations are considered to be persons?

        Something wrong here. Both times.

    • knightowl77

      I could live with that….but until we get that done, there is no way that companies should get something back from the government, when they didn’t pay anything in – in the first place….

      So zero Corp taxes, and NO taxpayer bailouts, no subsidies, no taxpayer funded gov’t loan guarantees.

      Eliminate all deductions on income over $250k, no refunds to people that did not pay in – in the first place…..

      Limit deductions to individuals; Home mortgage (1 home max), Charity, Medical expenses in excess of 6% gross income, business expenses which create income.

      Code much simpler, much less revenue needed….

    • Lori

      A wise man once said, “a poor man will never give you a job” so, bottom line, we need the businesses to provide jobs. I agree..we have to make it appealing for companies to be here. I’m tired of speaking to people in India who 1) don’t understand me and 2) whom I don’t understand. But without tax breaks for the corporations, they will NOT come back and without them, more and more people will be forced to be on the government dole. Wake up American Legislators!

      • ivan

        We gave them tax breaks. In fact, we gave them enough tax breaks that as the article says, many of them get hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars.

        And the jobs evaporated.

        How much more tax payer money do we need to give them?

      • drklassen

        Poor people give everyone jobs all the time. They spend pretty much all they take in and that spending creates demand which creates jobs.

        Without demand, the richest person in the world isn’t going to hire anyone.

        So that saying is not so wise.

        • Gary2

          It never ceases to amaze me how the conservative fools parrot the crap about a poor man never giving me a job. If they simply stopped and thought for a minute (I know they can’t think) they could see that what you said about demand is correct.

          The utter stupidity of the right is astounding.

        • 007

          No, you don’t work for anyone who is not rich enough to have reserve capital to pay wages in good times and bad. Obama and the democrats are hell bent on taxing these same employers and their reserve capital. This is the brilliant Buffet proposal. What will the government do with it? They will spend it on corrupt and rediculous things.

          This is Obama’s only solution for our economy and the budget deficit. How much income will the buffet proposal cut the annual deficit?

          Drum roll……………two days.

          People should be offended that they are being so obviously played for fools.

          • drklassen

            And just where did that “reserve capital” come from…?

            Drum roll…….the wealth creation of laborers servicing the demand of their customers, some of which they siphoned off and called “profits” instead of increasing the wages of those who created it.

        • Larry Freedom

          As to the poor creating demand or jobs is laughable. Buying alcohol, cigarttes, blunts, hair and nails, and swapping food stamps for cash usually at a two for one ratio hardly creates the sort of demand to supply jobs that a hardworking plumber of sixteen years needs like myself needs

    • drklassen

      They only pay taxes on profits. So raising the price to “cover” their taxes…raises their taxes. So, no, we don’t pay their taxes, they do.

      Corporate profits taxes should be MUCH MUCH higher in order to encourage them not to simply bottom-line their worker pay, to pay a living wage, and to re-invest instead of take money out of their company.

      • Gary2

        again you are 100% correct thanks.

      • Terry


      • Jeremy

        Much, much higher? We already have one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world; even higher than socialist europe. Makes you wonder why we are losing jobs overseas. *sarcasm*
        If we lowered the corporate rate we could get more investment, which equals more jobs, which equals more TAXPAYERS. More taxpayers and lower gov’t spending are the answer to solve our crisis. That will only happen with lower taxes.

      • Admiral Obvoise

        Let me just make sure I understand where your coming with this… So I am a large corp, I pay a 2% tax (after my loop holes). The Gov raises my taxes so I am now paying, let’s say 4% (after my loop holes)… Your statement say’s I won’t raise my rates cause it raises proffit which in turn raises my taxes… You’r not very good with math are you? You raise me 2%, I raise my rates 4%…. Voila! I now make the same I did before, and my consumers pay the diffrence….

  • MB92083

    You might want to get ready for an IRS audit Michael.Speaking the truth so plainly may draw you some special attention.

    • Jodi

      The 9/12 projects and tea party groups got hit with audits this year. Speaking the truth seems to make you the villain somehow.

    • Government Agent

      Your comment is in violation of statutes § 2-300 (2010), § 5-3462 (1948), § 0-2319 (3382), § 6-3354 (1243), § 6-2365 (6640), § 3-3321 (9921), § 3-4236 (8842), § 2-1298 (3400), § 3-4597, and § 2-3494 (1132).

      Local PD has been notified of your position. Please remain where you are until they arrive.

  • Craig

    When it finally all hits the fan, will blacks still expect “Payback”? Or will they finally just become one of us average Joe’s?

  • mondobeyondo

    #24 is just hilarious. We are taxed every which way but loose.

    Ugh… I’m so happy to do my part in helping the federal government sustain itself. My IRS contribution this year will be 1 trillionth the amount to fund a brand new battleship. The USS Ben S. Bernanke.

    (Excuse me while I head to the toilet to puke)

  • Peego

    1. The IRS does not lawfully exist as an agency of the federal government, as it was never created by an act of congress. This has been verified by Congressman Pat Danner, of the 6th District of Missouri and others.

    2. 31 USC, Chapter 3, Subchapter 1, shows the organization of the Department of the Treasury. Nowhere does it mention either the “IRS” or “Internal Revenue Service”.

    3. The IRS is a Private Corporation, based in Puerto Rico. You can easily verify this at

    4. The Constitution Of The United States, states in Article 1, section 9; “No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration hereinbefore directed to be taken.”

    5. Nowhere in the law is “income” defined, but the courts have ruled that “income” is corporate profit or profit from an investment, and not salary or wages.

    In the case of Lucas v Earl, 281 US 111 (1930), the U.S. Supreme Court stated unambiguously that;

    “The claim that salaries, wages, and compensation for personal services are to be taxed as an entirety and therefore must be returned by the individual who has performed the services which produced the gain is without support either in the language of the Act or in the decisions of the courts construing it. Not only this, but it is directly opposed to provisions of the Act and to regulations of the U.S. Treasury Dept. which either prescribe or permit that compensation for personal services be not taxed as an entirety and be not returned by the individual performing the services. It is to be noted that by the language of the Act it is not salaries, wages, or compensation for personal servises that are to be included in gross income. That which is to be included is gains, profits, and income DERIVED from salaries, wages or compensation for personal services.
    The Court ruled similarly in Goodrich v Edwards, 255 U.S. 527 (1921) and in 1969, the Court ruled in Connor v U.S. 303 F supp 1187, that,

    “Whatever may constitute income, therefore must have the essential feature of gain to the recipient. This was true when the 16th Amendment became effective, it was true at the time of Eisner v Macomber supra, it was true under sect 22 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1938, and it is likewise true under sect 61 (a) of the I.R.S. Code of 1954. If there is not gain there is not income … Congress has taxed INCOME and not compensation.”

    “Statutes levying taxes should be construed in case of doubt, against the government and in favor of the citizen.” (Miller v Gearing 258 F 225).

  • Bone idle

    King of Id. : “Great idea. After we tax the peasants out of everything they own we can tax their taxes”

    Rodney the Knight : “what’s to stop the peasants from revolting?”

    King : “Lack of funds”

  • mark

    You can’t have it both ways. I hear many say that if we cut spending in a big way we will crash. On the other hand if we don’t cut spending in a big way we will crash. Some dopes think that we can get out of our debt problem by spending more. The idea is to grow the economy. Spending by government in general is not an investment, it is just plain old spending. The private market is where the economy grows. We need to shrink the government now and suffer the pain from all of our stupid moves our country has made for the longer we wait the worse it will hurt.

    • drklassen

      Roads are an investment; rail is an investment; basic science R&D is an investment. All government spending. All spending no private corporation is going to do.

      • Draxx

        You are not just incorrect, you are totally wrong. “Roads are an investment; You bet they are and if someone wants one and it isn’t there, they build it. Why do you think the toll roads make so much money?
        “rail is an investment;” You bet they are and they are privately owned(except for Amtrack)They make money too in most cases. If they don’t someone takes them over they are still privately owned.
        “basic science R&D is an investment;” Again, you are right it is an investment. But as in every case you cite you are totally wrong in saying that if government doesn’t do it it won’t get done. That is hogwash and any person with a functional brain either does know or would if they took an instant to think about it.
        All 3 of your examples are paid for time and again by private corporations or individuals. In fact, having the government involved in any type of business transaction wastes money, time and effort better spent doing whatever you have planned. We need the government to provide for the DEFENSEof our country. That’s all. Police are basically useless for anything other than cleaning up messes. Of course, there are plenty of those. So we have to have a few to deal with messes. What we don’t need is thousands of them armed to the teeth and looking to add to government coffers by relieving the public of their excess cash through robbery at gun point for driving a little too fast or not coming to a full stop at a stop light.

  • Paul

    Same goes for Germany, and Germans are emigrating to the US because of the German tax system. LOL

    One interesting example:
    In Germany having health insurance is normal.
    However, if you have a low income you fall under federal insurance, whith higher income you can choose private insurance.

    Now it is mandatory to have health insurance.

    But, suppose you are over 55 and return from abroad and don’t find a low-paying job immediately, you lose the right to federal insurance (percentage of income to pay).
    Private insurances (fixed premium, rising every year) are now obliged to provide insurances to everyone who was rejected by federal insurance.
    As a 60year old you have to pay EU 500 per month for health insurance.

    And – for every insurance contract you have to pay insurance tax on top!

    • Paul

      Oh, you can be rejected from federal insurance because your income is too high or because you have no income.

  • ScoutMotto

    We derive NO benefit whatsoever from the federal income tax. I see people on Yahoo threads defending it with some of the poorest statements ever read. They believe federal income tax goes to their schools, police, fire fighting, libraries, roads, electricity, water, trash pickup, etc.

    The federal income tax funds NONE of these things.

    What it DOES fund: interest payments on the national debt.

    We paid some 450 billion Federal Reserve notes in interest payments, and got NOTHING for it.

  • tex

    The poor should pay no taxes. They are poor.

    • tex

      In fact they pay all or most of the 41 taxes listed above, the same as you or any other citizen. But you want a man or mother who makes $8 or $10 or $12 dollars an hour struggling to feed and shelter and educate a young family pay income taxes as well.

      You’re not really Jay! Surely your name is Romney or Gingrich or Koch or Scrooge! Have a heart man!

      • mondobeyondo

        Perhaps the reason why the poor are poor, is because they pay so much in taxes?? Just a thought.

        Oh, and if you really need a heart, you might want to email Dick Cheney. He just got a heart transplant not long ago.

      • estamos jodidos

        Why is one who is making only 8-12 dollars and hour struggling with a family? It used to be that folks had enough sense to wait until they were established and capable of taking care of themselves before starting a family. Does personal responsibility come in to play anywhere? Who’s choice was it to prepare themselves for life where all they could get was a minimum wage job? Who’s choice was it to start a family which they are not capable of supporting?

        Now you say, “Have a heart!” We should be responsible for their decisions? Is it us being heartless because they were irresponsible or planned poorly? Granted there are isolated cases of hard luck. I have seen it, and had it, but the vast majority of those struggling are sleeping in a bed of their own making.

        • tex

          It is quite possible that they were making a lot more than 8-12 dollars an hour when they started a family. The economy is in the crapper or have you not been paying attention?

          And even if they are lying in a bed of their own making are you going to turn away and ignore them as they and their kids freeze in a car or die of starvation while sleeping in a park?

          Social assistance costs less than a prison bed when desperation overcomes them.

        • Gumby

          Ok, so let’s just let them rot! Great logic my man! How about the rising inflation (Tax), that has caused us to not be able to live on 8-10-12 dollars per hour! How about the incessant greed that is pervasive in our society and the me first more more more mentality!? You are right about personal responsibility, I agree! Though what about big money’s personal responsibility? Our governments personal responsibility? What about caring for our neighbor? You do sound fairly selfish and a little heartless with your assesment of those living hand to mouth! Our mindset needs changing in this country, not our tax code! If you change the hearts and the minds to focus on what really matters, the rest will fall in line!

      • knightowl77

        We are ALL overtaxed…the Feds spend TOO MUCH MONEY with little or No accountability….

        Only those that pay taxes should be allowed to vote….otherwise you will have the non=taxpaying portion of the country voting to raise taxes on those who do….Oh wait, that is what we have now…

        CUT the Spending!

    • Ron

      Don’t worry about the poor… All those lottery tickets, and cigarette taxes, and liquor taxes (the poor ain’t poor because they’re bright)… They get to pay their “fair share.”

      While “the poor” are coveting the money that belongs to the middle class (which they themselves could have been earning, had they chosen education over child bearing)… they are doing absolutely nothing to improve their financial position.

  • Rachel

    Ok, maybe someone can explain it to me why capital gains should not be taxed the same rate as regular income from self employment is taxed. I would like to understand as it seems to me that it is unfair. Here is my thinking process…. Give 2 guys 10,000. The first one buys a bunch of items and sells them on eBay…makes a profit of $5,000. The 2nd guy takes the 10,000 and buys stock. At the end of the year he sells it and makes a profit of $5,000. Both bought and sold something… the taxes should be the same for both, but apparently they are not? Is this example correct? I am no tax accountant, just a regular confused tax payer.

    • knightowl77

      When you buy stocks or other investments…you invest your money in a company or asset. That company has the use of that money to go out make other products or hire new workers….that stock or other investment is deemed more of a benefit to the economy……
      At least that is my understanding why Capital Gains are taxed differently than ordinary income…

      • zb

        The interesting part is that if you bought that stock on an exchange, the company doesn’t get any of the money. It got a certain payment when it sold the stock originally, but odds are good you bought it from someone other than the issuing company.

    • Gary2

      capital gains are income plain and simple and should be tyaxed accordingly. That they are given any special treatment is testament to the power wall street and the bank lobby have over the fed gov.

      When the capital gains taxes were much higher no one ever said they did not want to make a profit because they would be taxed too much.

  • William

    The worst part is that the members of the US Congress who created this tax nightmare will be reelected in Nov of 2012. Now, that is STUPID!!!

    • knightowl77

      On this -we can agree….though this tax abomination has been in the works for decades….

      We should throw the whole thing out and start over with a flat tax, or VAT….something simple and fair across the board, then set it, and quit tinkering with it so people can plan on what their taxes will be next year and 5 years from now…

  • Ser Korz

    Corporations are people too ; and as any person needs some welfare , why they can get more of it of what they deserve do to they are productive! more productive than the little people who need it cut back some what.

  • Law_Reader

    Wow, I was expecting better research from this publication.

    I will start addressing these issues by number.

    2. It takes the average citizen less than 5 minutes to comply with the federal IRC. This I know do to the fact that the average citizen is not the subject of the income tax.

    6. There is no need to file a 1040 form unless you’re filing a 2555 so it does not take any time to not file.

    9. Since everything being withheld from your paycheck is 100% voluntary, “tax freedom day” starts on January 1st.

    10. The year was 1861 for the income tax.

    13. The average citizen of America pays ZERO income tax. Read the law the only one made liable for the income tax is found in section 1461 of the IRC and he/she does not withhold from citizens.

    24. #1 That stems from a zoning law ruling that never ruled zoning laws as constitutional.
    #6 False again, See case Railroad Retirement Board v Alton Railroad Co.
    #12 False, it does not apply to citizens. Read the law.
    #18 True, If you’re dumb enough to make the state a party to your marriage.
    #19 VOLUNTARY so don’t bitch about it.
    #24 Only true if you wish to pay into Socialist Security.
    #28 VOLUNTARY AGAIN/STILL see section 6211/6212 of the IRC.
    #39 False, most people are only tricked into paying it because they do not know/exercise their rights
    #40 False see #39

    • mondobeyondo

      So, are you saying there is a way to avoid paying federal income tax, WITHOUT going to federal prison?!

      Because, believe me, the IRS will ruthlessly hunt you down if you don’t pay taxes. The IRS knows where you live. They know where I live. Occasionally, they might show some mercy, but don’t count on it.

      • Law_Reader

        Show me the law if that proves I am wrong if you wish to make such a statement.

    • Gary2

      called out Michael–try harder to get the facts straight.

    • DAS

      Please tell me how to get around #40. I would love to know. I am in the market

    • 007

      Wrong on about everything. I am a tax attorney. If you don’t file your return and pay your tax you can go to jail. If they decide not to prosecute you they can financially destroy you.

      • S. Wiseman

        The federal government and the IRS (the mob and their hitmen) constitute the greatest organized crime ring in the history of mankind.

    • Ron

      Well *************** since it’s so easy, and so cheap… Let’s all just quit our complaining and pay even more!

      Yeah, I’ll get right on that.

      If the tax system is voluntary, try not paying it, and see just how long it takes for Lon Horiuchi & company to show up at your doorstep, ready to murder your family and take everything you own.

      Government excels at nothing so much as corruption, theft, and mass-murder.

      Everything else could be much more efficiently and effectively provided by insurance companies.

    • S. Wiseman

      #18 True, If you’re dumb enough to make the state a party to your marriage.

      I often wonder why folk decide to make the State a party to their own marriages, as if two consenting adults need permission from the State to prove that a union is lawful or not. If that be the case, most of our ancestors marriages were unlawful because the government did not get into the marriage license business until 1923.

      “The word license is derived from the Latin word Licentious, which means lacking restraint, ignoring societal standards, disregard for accepted rules. According to Black’s Law Dictionary, the word license is defined as – the permission by competent authority to do an act which without such permission, would be illegal.” Now in other words, this means the government makes something that was lawful to do, illegal, so they can then tell you that if you pay the government money (which is a bribe), then they will turn their backs and give you a permit that allows you to break the law that they just said was illegal to do! So the question that people need to ask themselves, is why would it be illegal to marry without the State’s permission?”
      Could apply to any so-called license issued by the State. License – permission by the organized crime family to do that which THEY say is illegal (that which before THEY got involved was perfectly lawful). Just because something is legal doesn’t mean it is lawful.

    • Here’s the whole problem on WHY the income tax is, sadly, LEGAL…

      The income tax, as we know it today, still remains an “indirect foreign excise tax.”

      and it gets applied to EVERY CURRENCY NOW, that can circulate through an American’s hands, which includes the issuings from the Federal Reserve System.

      The Federal Reserve System, the Note, and all the checkable deposits that base upon the Federal reserve note, CONGRESS LEGALLY CAN TREAT AND REGARDS as “Foriegn.”

      But here’s where things get a little TRICKY…

      And it all hinges on what CONGRESS (not, necessarily YOU and ME) thinks is “foreign,” or “domestic.”

      See, it isn’t how Congress DIRECTLY defines what “Foreign” is or isn’t, but, how they define and apply “domestic,” rendering EVERYTHING ELSE as “NOT BEING DOMESTIC…”

      As long as CONGRESS retains the 1793 Coinage Act, upon “the Books,” as, the **ONLY** way that soneone, having GOLD OR SILVER, AND wishing a “domestic” currency, AND, thusly, using the provided processess from that Act, can have a “DOMESTIC” currency to circulate…

      It renders EVERY OTHER WAY that someone, in this case, an AMERICAN, can have a currency to circulate or amass HERE or THERE, as NOT being “domestic.” (or…”defacto” or “foreign”)

      And because those that use THE OTHER PROCESSESS that are not the ones that CONGRESS says one can have a DOMESTIC currency…then in Congress’ eyes, they are VOLUNATARILY using those OTHER PROCESSESS, and therefore VOLUNTARILY subjecting themselves to the INCOME TAX…

      There, that’s as simple as I can make it.

      SURE it’s disingenuous…SURE it’s dishonest…Sure it’s downright repugnant…

      But, you keep voting them in…and they’ll keep doing this to you.

  • Tim

    I heard last evening on the news that several employees of the General Services Administration (GSA) took a seven-day trip to Hawaii to attend a 1-hour ribbon-cutting ceremony. All courtesy of U.S. taxpayers.

    • Tim

      Correction: 5-day trip.

    • Michael

      That is very sad.


  • Winston Smith

    “17 – The United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world (35 percent). In Ireland, the corporate tax rate is only 12.5 percent. This is causing thousands of corporations to move operations out of the United States and into other countries.”

    Actually, many of those corporations still make big profits… they get a lot of tax breaks, free land, support from their Govt officials (zoning, free land,roads built,etc). Walmart gets a lot of freebies from local/state/Fed govt and can, big as they are, buy much cheaper and sell cheaper then Mom/Pop stores….plus, they have been known to sell at cost or loss to drive others out. Most corproations move their operations offshore for the cheaper labor, regardless of their profits….so its not just “hey they are leaving because they are teaxed high”, but leaving for cheap labor they can manipulate overseas…..seriously, how many Americans can work and live on pennies an hour? You pay a S/C American or oriental over seas a day what the average AMerican would need to get paid in an hour, or less….Many Chinese live in bunker-like, drab apartments that are corporate/goivt owned.Jammed in there and when they drop dead or commit suicide, they are quickly repalced by others that are in teh end virtually slaves……Walmart makes billions in PROFITS a yr, yet uses this slave labor system in a Marxist nation. Do they have to? Would not a USA factory still make them profits, albeit less? Are the Waltons starving? Big buisness has zero loyalty to the nations they live in or work out of……50 yrs ago, they would be boycotted for trading with “commies”, now, heck its just good buisness and they do not have to pay their fellow citizens to make something-and horror of horrors, pay them a fair living wage and benefits.

  • Jodi

    Fact #6 is interesting, I’ve been paying taxes on a family trust for about 10+ years now. I have a tax professional do my tax for me and I’m wondering if I’ve over paid or under paid all these years. I contend I’ve over paid.

    • Jodi

      Just a side note. I’ve noticed when renewing my license plate, I pay a tax for drivers ed. I seem to remember when I was 16, my parents paid for my drivers ed. So does this mean if you’re on welfare you get free drivers ed classes?

  • pete

    NONE of Michael’s statistics blew my mind….I was very aloof reading and the only surprise for me was that it wasn’t even worse. AND THAT, is the truth.

    Americans are not going to revolt or riot. As long as tghe fiat and gasoline is flowing and the status quo appears stable…..we’re going to keep putting up with it.

    AFTER there’s a collapse and while we are in a recovery mode….and things are being sorted out would be the next window of opportunity to review our tax and income structures. It will not happen prior to that point under any circumstances. And THAT, is the truth.

  • Brandon

    You came so close…

    About “law enforcement:” You forgot to mention that one of their main purposes is to collect those taxes that you mentioned. Without them, tax law would have no teeth…or no guns and rape cages, more accurately. You also didn’t mention that another of their duties is to enrich their governments through petty civil fines after they’ve gorged themselves on the stolen fruits of labor from the masses.

    As for foreign invasion, the goal of any foreign invasion is to take over the central authority, ie government, and it’s military. This immediately gives the invading army control over the now broken population and the vast resources and infrastructure that the previous government has already stolen for itself. If an invader looked over and saw no central authority but only 300 million people armed to the teeth prepared to defend themselves, their families, and their property with no state controlled resources to win, said invader would most likely weigh the pros and cons and find such an invasion to be not worth it.

    Just sayin’…

    • S. Wiseman

      “If an invader looked over and saw no central authority but only 300 million people armed to the teeth prepared to defend themselves”

      Which is perhaps why Hitler did not command his soldiers to attack Switzerland.

  • Dave


    I enjoy reading your postings. I find myself agreeing with most of the time. But your libertarian utopia is getting a little long in the tooth. Name me one country in the history of the planet who ran a successful society on a libertarian platform. There aren’t any…and never will be.

    This country called Amerika….is fast moving towards a soft fascist state. Corporations and wealthy individuals have bought our elected politians….and only serve the 1%. This is not going to change anytime soon.

    You can carp all you want about debt…spending and all the other rabble you want. The sad fact is that capitalism has reached its “cancer stage”. Sad but true.

    Our population has become afraid….stupid and ignorant of these apparent facts.

    As Morris Berman says……..” It’s over America”.

    The plutocrats have won the stuggle.

    • ivan

      When people talk about “less government”, it concerns me that they never talk about “less corporations”.
      Why trade one overlord for another?

      • Ron

        The only way that “corporations” can rob the public, is through their partnership with government.

        Without the power of the gun (government) one company is no different than any other, and has no ability to force anyone to do anything.

        Without the protection of the FDA, companies who wanted to advertise “non GMO” food would find a burgeoning market. But because government is protecting the Monsanto’s, General Electric’s of the world, “we the people” are nothing more than sheep.

        It takes both government AND corporations to rob us blind. Without Washington, Wall Street is toothless, and must compete in a free market.

    • Gary2

      But your libertarian utopia is getting a little long in the tooth

      Yes yes michael please change your tune. Libertarianism is crap and will never work. Anyone with a brain should know this.

  • sharonsj

    Jay, you think business taxes should be zero? You’ve been drinking Republican kool-aid. The problem we have now is that corporations find every loophole to avoid paying taxes, plus they bribe politicians to give them every tax break possible.

    ExxonMobil made about $5 billion a year for the past five years and paid no taxes at all–and the government gave them millions in a tax “refund.” If you think that’s great, and that the rest of us should foot every bill, then be prepared for a continuation of the lord/serf feudal system we have now.

    Businesses get tax credits for outsourcing jobs. They get tax breaks if their headquarters are outside the U.S. They get tax breaks if they keep profits in foreign banks.

    And the reason so many average people don’t pay income tax is that they don’t earn enough money. But don’t say they don’t pay taxes. They pay plenty in sales tax, property tax, school tax, state income tax, and service taxes.

    • knightowl77

      the point of zero corporate taxes, is that whatever the govt costs the business – those costs are in the end passed on to the consumer who pays a higher cost for the goods….
      If your widget costs you $100.00 to make and the government charges $20.00 in taxes for making and selling that widget, then the corporation has to charge a minimum of $120.00 to break even (before any profits)….so that widget costs the consumer $120.00 (plus the corps profits) instead of $100.00 (plus the corps profits) so who really paid the tax, the corp or the consumer???
      To compete the corps go where the taxes are the lowest so they can sell their products at a lower price…

    • Gary2

      The FACT is that corporations % of taxes they pay has been going down down down and the corporations have been shifting their tax responsibilites on the the average citizen.

      I do not know how folks can say corporations are undertaxed when the simple evidence says otherwise.

      corp maybe pay 10% of the tax and people the other 90%.

      It used to be 40% for corp and 60% people.

      These are the facts–Google for yourself.

  • Here in Colorado they are proposing another sales tax increase because the light-rail has been over budgeted. Then they want to get a millevey increase which will increase our home-own taxes. I hope they both fail big time. Yes we are taxed to death.

  • WarriorClass III

    Only Ron Paul proposes tax cuts and spending cuts. ORomney will just continue the status quo. It will take all of our involvement to stop the fraud in the primary elections, and that includes YOU. If you want to stop the maddness, you will have to get involved.

    • Daniel

      No one but PAUL 2012

    • Mary

      America must awaken very soon! Ron Paul’s philosophy of limited government, sound money, a sensible foreign policy, and liberty for those of us at home is the only road to insure America’s survival and prosperity.

  • Eva

    Ugh, corporate tax problems are far worse than I imagined. But Jay is right, each and every business that exists passes costs right along to consumers so they stay profitable. It’s not like we want all these businesses to follow countless others in going bankrupt and adding to the current unemployment situation.

  • Eva

    I forgot to say that that doesn’t mean we should preserve the tax code! It does mean we should vote for politicians who take spending cuts seriously. It’s not like they’re even close to living within federal revenue in their reckless spending and it’s GOT TO STOP.

  • Paul M

    Know this is off topic but the situation in Greece continues to get worse.

    • Michael

      The financial crisis in Europe is never off-topic. 🙂


  • libertyin413

    Taxation is Theft… Pure and Simple

    Taxation (especially the income tax) posits that the government owns your money before you do and will return what it deems fit.

    Wages are a representation of and compensation for our production and time

    If someone agrees that for 40 hours they will be paid $400 dollars, the government taking $40 is explicitly saying that they own those 4 hours of your production. This is slavery – and the 13th amendment abolished “…slavery [n]or involuntary servitude…”

    • drklassen

      Don’t want to pay? Move. Ergo, no theft. You choose to stay, you choose to pay your way.

    • Gary2

      yes move to Somolia–no gov to bother you with taxes there. You may die of unsafe food/water etc but will die happy as no one is taxing you.

      Put your money where your mouth is.

      • bobbobbob

        i like your ideas. ur a true citizen. if u need anything in a real emergency i will help u ——i am serious i just gave dccc 250$, dscc 180$, bernie (vermont) 100$, dnc 250$ my goal is 1000$ at least. defeat the rebuplicanterrorists

  • erheault

    With trillions of debt there is no way the nation can pay its debts now so it is just a matter of time before we are in a massive inflation/deflation which will result in massive protests/riots here as the rest of the world is seeing now in the broke nations.

  • savo

    No one is paying taxes, they are extorted by force. Paying is voluntary action

    • mondobeyondo

      Yeah, I might try that. Not paying income tax. Swell idea!
      See you in prison…

    • drklassen

      You choose to stay here…knowing there is a fee for services (tax). Sounds pretty voluntary to me. I hear there are no taxes in Somalia…

  • Chris

    I think that the article may be over-stating the case just a little bit. In Canada, our “tax freedom” day is June 6 (as of 2010). That makes April look pretty good. Obviously, you need to compare other factors to decide who is getting better value. [The Wikipedia list is at:

    Canada also taxes foreign income (and I wouldn’t be surprised if other countries do it as well) so I don’t think that item 12 is correct.

    Item 17 states that the US has the highest corporate tax rate in the world (35%). It does have one of the highest official rates in the world but it doesn’t appear to be the highest (e.g. Japan at 40%+). Obviously, companies with good accountants aren’t paying anything close to the top rate so this isn’t necessarily very meaningful anyway. The average of what is actually being paid would be more significant but may not be available. Changing the tax code to reduce the official rate and the loopholes would make sense but there is probably close to zero chance of that happening in the US or almost any other country.

    I enjoy this forum and find that it provides good info. No need to exaggerate. The reality is bad enough.

  • US Income Taxes go entirely to the Crown to pay the interest on the US government’s debt. None of our taxes pay for any improvements or costs of government at all.

    And all so-called national debts are gigantic frauds, as well. Every time the Fed creates another billion dollars out of thin air to “lend” to the government, its elite bankster owners instantly become a billion dollars richer on paper. The National Debt represents the amount on money swindled from the America People by the global banking criminals ****************************************************

  • otto katz

    There are approximately 1,084,170 words in the Harry Potter series.. If you’ve read the books 3 times, you’ve read the tax code. Something your children have probably done at least twice.

    • mondobeyondo

      Is it true that the U.S. tax code is larger than the printed edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica? I heard that somewhere, but can’t verify it.

  • Larry

    corporations don’t pay taxes, people do. It’s an old aying but it’s true. When you fixate on how little corporations pay this is a waste of space. I could care less if GE pays 0 taxes. Most everything else you say are good points but when you tax corporations you are just taking money away from people in the end.

    • Dad

      This is somewhat true however a good portion of ge’s income comes from government. My understanding of the tax code is that citizens voluntarily pay and government employees must pay…. However corporations are just legal mumbo jumbo that allow people to kill and steal with minor penalties. If BP was a dba during Bhopal or the gulf spill that guy would be broke and in jail, but corporate killers polluters and thieves go on unabated…..

  • Acquiring revenue through ‘taxation’ in America

    If you have ever felt that something was very out of place, ethically, and perhaps even individually disheartening about being forced to surrender vast sums of your hard earned (sustenance-based) remuneration to the federal government in the form of ‘income taxes’ year, after year, after year, simply because you have opted to be an active, productive, and responsible member of society, by way of your efforts in earning a common livelihood -and as well as to all of those interested tax-buffs out there; attached is a newly revised and freely distributable circular entitled the “Crux on Federal ‘Taxation’” (CFT).

    The CFT is intended to serve as a primer for individuals to develop a learned understanding of and renewed appreciation toward our rapidly fading American heritage and birthright.

    The CFT, as well serves to provide -you- the reader with enlightening contextual truth in regard to the federal governments actual powers of taxation. The CFT is available for your consumption at:

    Thank you.

    “Points in Further Support of the CFT” (downloadable PDF):

    Please, be sure to consider voting for Representative Ron Paul, MD (R-TX) in 2012.

  • al mathis

    10% tax for all not wrightoffs for any thing

  • estamos jodidos

    Taxes are bad.

    What is the more upsetting thing to me is not how much is paid in taxes, but rather how much service is provided.

    IF we had an effective tax rate of 50% but that provided security, housing, food, and health care, that would not be sooo bad. Paying over 25% but getting effectively nothing back is what hurts.

    Instead we have a country where an encroaching government, which we pay for, continues to reduce our rights and is becoming something to be feared.

    Paying taxes from my earnings so that congress can vote to give it away or squander it or re-distribute it to others who are unwilling to work?

    This is truly what is bad about the taxes we pay.

  • Bob

    The “Income Tax” is a total, complete, intentional FRAUD. See for details. No one should pay it.

    BTW, all current taxes (sales, property, etc.) are invalid because there is no constitutional money to pay them. As long as you can avoid the governments coersion, you don’t have to pay because you don’t owe any of them.

    • Bob:

      Once again, I’d like to point out something to you:

      You say you want CONSTITUTIONAL MONEY…

      Well, what if I were to tell you that according to Congress, Federal Reserve note Currency IS Constitutional…

      You wouldn’t agree with it, but then again…

      Even though MANY point to Article 1, Section 8 clause 5 of the US Constitution to say that the Federal Reserve is UNConstitutional…

      Because there IS NO QUALIFER WORD between COIN and MONEY, that CONGRESS “shall have power” to perform, as an “enumerated power/duty”

      where that clause reads:

      “to coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and to establish the Various Weights and Measures;”

      Where does it say that Congress CANNOT coin what IT might recognize as “FOREIGN”?


      And where IN THE CONSTITUTION does it say that CONGRESS *MUST* or *MUST ONLY* or *MUST ALWAYS* coin ROUND BITS OF METAL, precious or otherwise?


      Where does it say that CONGRESS must be the one to be FIRST SPENDER of anything which it coins?

      Where does it say that GOVERNMENT SPENDING ACTIVITY must be the FIRST THING that any NEWLY COINED CURRENCY “must” be used for?

      It doesn’t…

      Where does it say that CONGRESS MUST COIN GOLD COINS, or SILVER COINS?


      Show me in the Constitution WHERE it says that CONGRESS must coin GOLD or SILVER coins?

  • David Gurney

    With regard to number#11:There are two reasons that NJ gets shafted in federal revenues.They are Menendez and Lautenberg.The former is a Carribean shill,while the only state in which the latter is even remotely interested is the state of Israel.We need USA Senators.

  • In 1939 the section of the code that was labeled “Determination of taxable income” was 1 page long, and showed that wages of Americans are NOT taxable. That section is now 30 pages long, (without any change in the law), and 1 paragraph in the section labeled “Miscellaneous” is the section where you look to find the determination. And then that section refers you to another section that is referred to as “Operative”. Figure that out by reading the whole law.
    There were no taxes withheld until the idea was broached by a man named Beardsley Ruml(udersecretary of the Tres) who understood that Americans would just go along with the small amounts taken from them rather than ask about the law. That didn’t start until about 1954.
    It is the Financial Management Service of the Treasury that is responsible for collecting money owed to the government, not the IRS.
    At ont time you could check with the OMB, and find that the form 1040 from the IRS was not an approved form as mandated by the Paperwork Reduction Act.
    The Supreme Court stated that the 16th Amendment gave congress no new power to tax.
    The 2nd Circuit ruled that a person does not even have to respond to the IRS. That has not been challenged.
    The issue at hand is the corrupt legal system; lawyers, judges, police, prosecutors, and bureaucrats. If lawyers, who also happen to be the majority of our legislators, had one shred of honesty in their bodies we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

  • DaytoDay

    Yesterday Bill Maher said the economy is improving, and made a joke about Republicans… I mean honestly, where do they get these people??

    And of course the audience is laughing/applauding because it’s nothing but high middle class/ rich people that can afford a ticket to the show anyway…

    So of course “their” economy is improving and when the studio audience starts to clap and cheer, the audience at home does the same, because they instantly get sucked into the mob mentality… And after the show ends, and they wake up at 6am to go flip burgers or stock shelves, I wonder if they still think the economy is on the up and up?

  • Barn Cat

    Corporations shouldn’t pay taxes. Corporations are owned by people. When they get money in the form of dividends they pay a higher tax rate than wages even though their investment is at risk.

    Given that the top 20% pay 86% of taxes it makes no sense to raise taxes on the rich. It only removes investment money from the economy and slows future growth.

    The biggest problem is that half of Americans pay nothing in taxes and many of them qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit which means they get welfare money right from the federal government.

    • Gay Veteran

      Barn Cat, we have cut taxes for the rich, so where are the jobs? Oh, that’s right, they’re in China and India.

  • jimmy

    US has about the corporate tax rate of 32.7% at its highest plus misc. corporate tax rate of 6.55% which equals about 39.25%. Its the SECOND highest. The First highest is Japan which has 39.54% as its corporate tax fee.

    • Michael

      Japan recently reduced their corporate tax rate.


  • Rog

    If I point a gun at you and demand a portion of your income, that is armed robbery. Theft by majority vote is still theft.

    “Taxes are the price of civilization.” No, taxes are the price of government, an entity that is profoundly inefficient and notoriously bad at everything it touches.

    “Roads are an investment; rail is an investment; basic science R&D is an investment. All government spending. All spending no private corporation is going to do.” All of those things private enterprise HAS invested in, but is inevitably forced out of business or co-opted by government.

    A Libertarian is someone who embraces the non aggression principal. That is, it is wrong to INITIATE force for any reason. That’s it. Do you disagree?

    There is no law that requires a human being living and working in the united states of America, and who isn’t making a profit on the use of government property or government largess to pay “income tax.

    Those of you who believe government is or ought to be a service provider or believe that government is a beneficent sugar daddy are woefully ignorant of what government is and how it operates.


      Yes, I very much must disagree with your definition of libertarians as peaceful nonviolent wussies as you(collectively) wish to brainwash the great unwashed into believing we are. Never in world history has liberty been achieved or maintained by any society without a bloody revolutionary purge of the tyrants and traitors. This is true of the Magna Carta, French Revolution, Founding Fathers of the U.S./Revolution War and any or every other libertarian accomplishment in world history.

  • Old Man

    Mike: The U.S. tax code is a complete and utter abomination. It’s unfair.

    Chair of Senate Tax Committee: Yup. So what new? It is meant to be unfair.

    Mike: What did you say??

    Senator: We are a capitalist society, meaning it is based on unfairness. The tax code reflects that. Those who are successful must pay less tax to encourage more success. Those who are in the middle class must pay more to finance welfare for the poor. The poor always pay little because they are poor.

    Mike: What about the complexity?

    Sen: The complexity is built-in to ensure nobody can change the beauty of American tax system. It is the best in the world. Whose who wants to change it must be Communists.

  • harry b

    And when you die the government gets to you one last time. Estat4eTax! When I settled my moters estate of 1.4 million – only 600,000 was distributed to the children and the govrnment got the rest. I figured that my parents paid the government 60% of their income through out their life span, and that included the dried milk produced for the war effort of WW2, and the 6 and 7 days of labour my father worked to help make America stron during the trying times. Every year I was a volunter for the local school in painting the lines for the courts, preparing the baseball fields for the summer, repairing things vandals did… and all for free. I paid for the p[aint and materials and the labour was the neighborhood parents. The PTPO CLUB OF ARIZONA. Well, I moved out of the country and AWAY from an unfair tax system, an unfair social system, and a failing government. Good Luck Guys ..Soooo Sooorryy.

  • One other flaw in the US tax code…its all unconstitutional and the 16th amendment was never ratified by enough states to be approved.

  • Terry

    It has never taken me more than 15 minutes to complete my state and federal tax forms in any year. This isn’t rocket science.

    The top 20 percent pay 86 percent of federal income taxes…how much of the discretionary income do they have?

    As for those not paying income taxes, a childless adult working full time at minimum wage pays over $500 annually in federal income taxes. How much discretionary income does a burger flipper have?

  • the mahdi

    It’s true but not one politician is going to dump the current system. Focusing on the return of Jesus and let Him worry about this world. Thanks for the article just doesn’t change anything.

  • S. Wiseman

    “Yes, we do need some government. For example, without any law enforcement at all our society would descend into complete chaos, and without any military at all we would be completely open to foreign conquest.”

    I would contest that. Law enforcement could be better handled by private industry where local police would have to compete – much less corruption, better service. And as for a standing military, local militias, as they have in Switzerland, would be far less costly.

  • Harry Johnson

    There need to be four changes to the U.S. tax code:
    1. Financial transactions tax –
    Let the wall street scammers pay for their own bailout. It would also discourage non productive activity like high speed trading which contributes nothing and inflates cost.
    2. Tax capital gains at the same rate as income people work for –
    Most of the so called investments are just paper shuffling and price inflation. They contribute nothing of value. Inflating the price of real estate so some salesboy can have a higher commission does nothing good. The money has not been invested in creating jobs here or unemployment would not be so high so it is time to end the preference.
    3. Tax hedge fund managers income at the same rate as income people work for –
    The so called carried interest exception is a scam. Most of these guys belong in prison for wrecking the economy, not getting special tax breaks.
    4. 100 percent inheritance tax –
    People should earn what they get not have it handed to them. They should not be rewarded for who their grandma had sex with.

  • Roger A. Van Atta,Maj.,USAFMC,Ret.

    What concerns me most about Gary2 is the implication that there is more than one.

  • Cat


  • Rodster

    So how is it the President gets to pay only 20% taxes on close to a $1 million in salary and Joe Bite-me Biden pays only 23.2% in taxes on $379,035 in salaries?

    I know because the Dems are pieces of crap and two faced hypocrites.

  • anonymous

    taxes are not part of capitalism, they are an invention of feudal systems, everything the government taxes people for can be done without taxes and for cheaper without government taking their cut

  • Jim

    I agree and am appalled at how much tax and the laughable/cryable ‘reasons’ that they exist. This is dwarfed by the fact that our government(s)has has not limited their spending to what they have gotten through taxation. To put this another way, 50% or more of income goes to to the government and they spend twice the gross income. Do they work for us or do we work for them?

  • Rodster

    Sad state of affairs we live in today:

    Tax refunds being used to pay for bankruptcy filings

  • Barn Cat

    The problem isn’t spending cuts. Your economy doesn’t slow down because you borrowed less to spend less. The problem is that tax increases slow down the economy and cause you to take in less in tax revenue. Government workers MUST have their wages, benefits, and retirement cut back. They’re paid at rates that are unsustainable. Especially in Greece where about 1/3 of all workers are government workers that can’t be fired.

  • Here’s the problem with all of these posts: the internal revenue laws were repealed in 1939. Any discussion of tax codes is bogus. The 1954 code was built upon the 1939 internal revenue laws, but that would me that the 1954 code is invalid. I keep posting this over the internet and people don’t seem to “get it.”

  • computerphilosopher

    I call him RObomney but thought it was funny to see others calling him Oromney. I’m really glad I’m not the only one who feels this way.
    Go ahead and tax everyone over 250,000 a year. We still are screwed. Go ahead and tax the oil and gas companies more. They’ll only pass on the expense to us. Libertarian utopia no…A little libertarian influence in this two party system that’s been running for 100 years would be nice.

  • Shut up and pay your fair share! Obviously, the class/tax warfare is working out just fine for TP’sTB.

    But, but, but we gotta pay our taxes!

    There are some smart people in this thread talking to you, few anyhow. The trained seals are not listening, because, well… they have been TRAINED.

  • Gary2

    Sorry conservatives–the rich will be taxed hard and the wealth spread. My side wins and you loose!

    A Washington Post-ABC News poll has just asked Americans to pick the bigger worry, “unfairness in the economic system that favors the wealthy” or “over-regulation of the free market that interferes with growth and prosperity.” They chose the “unfairness,” by a 52-37 percent margin.

    • boomer8

      Sorry, Gary, your side loses as well! Taxes stifle productivity and prosperity. You get nothing out of it but inflation and devalued currency!
      Better get over your class envy!

    • bobm

      Your side may have won… if so we will all be losers. Your socialistic, spread the wealth gospel has never worked in producing a free prosperous society. No matter how many of you progressive socialists laud your success in tearing down the fabric of American greatness to to turn it into a neo-socialist haven, it won’t work here either. Kruschev was correct if you have won.. the communists will not need to fire a shot if they can destroy America from within using the hands of such useful idiots who are enamored with the socialist diatribe. God help us all…

    • wisefool

      Gary, the degenerates already have won. Look at the media and Hollywood. With degenerates in charge though, it isn’t going to last very long as we can see.

    • pearl

      You just proved the most important point – the majority of Americans are STUPID! They don’t know who their enemy is. The program of misdirection has worked splendidly and the fact that the re-distributionists control the schools just helps to indoctrinate the masses with the Marxist ideals that allow this to continue. YOU are a prime example of the consequences of what happens to the minds of average people who don’t even understand the basics of freedom and slavery. Wouldn’t you rather have your children grow up in a country where their efforts and hard work are rewarded instead of punished? Nah!

      • DEConserv

        God you couldn’t be more right. There’s your sign of a drone no critical thinking, no understanding what this country was founded on. “FAIR SHARE” gah!!!

  • Why would any corporation want to set up their business in the USA? We have the highest corporate tax, highest wages and strictest regulations. It’s a world market out there and we’ve priced America out of it.

  • gus

    our founding fathers got pissed over pennies on taxes .now we are enslaved and in debt with flipping debts at the loss of living standards ……its time to rein in the crimes of this cabal…..

  • Corporations should be called Tax Collectors, not Tax Payers. If we raise the corporate tax rate on UPS, for example, they have to add most of the increase to the rate they charge to ship a package. As a result, all their shipping rates increase. Increased shipping rates “flow” through the economy and give the Big Spenders in Congress more money to waste.

    And think of all the taxes UPS, for example, pays when they purchase vehicles, fuel, real estate, buildings, office supplies and – certainly not least -the wages they pay their employees from which those employees pay their taxes.

  • In 1947, or there about, my father, then an IRS employee, suggested it would be wise for the nation to close the IRS and go to a national consumption tax of 5%. Such a tax could be collected by the states, fixed in nature, and require politicians to get a 2/3 vote to increae the rate.
    He saw, even at that early date, that the income tax would be changed to suit the people with the greatest political power.
    He also thought a transaction tax on intangables, stock, intellectual property and creative products like patents, of 1 or 2% would be effective in controling excess in the investment and banking business. At the time, his friends and fellow workers scoffed at the idea. Even though it would be constitutional as a non direct tax.
    If it had been adopted, given our progress in the last 50 years, we would have made the US immune to the virtually all financial problems we have had in my lifetime. IT IS NOT TOO LATE !

  • Davidus Romanus

    Even with all those taxes, the gov’t still spends a trillion $ more than they take in every year. If they don’t cut spending, the tax code is nearly irrelevant.

  • Wizzid0

    Since Democrats believe that current taxation levels are unjust and should be increased, I propose we raise taxes on registered Democrats.

  • mp23

    Gary2 if you and people like you on both sides would stop looking at everything as “us against them”, and buying into political warfare, well then we probably wouldn’t bet vain as many issues. The times this country has been great have been EVERY time we put aside our differences and united for a cause. But then again every fight needs it narrow minded spectators that cheer even when they are right or wrong.

  • GrantF

    You said, “Unfortunately, neither the Republicans or the Democrats are proposing that we should get rid of it.”

    But presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-TX) has indeed proposed disposing of the IRS and federal income taxation altogether.

  • Bob Howe

    Remember The Boston Tea Party!!!!! What would the govt. do if every one of us refused to pay taxes? What COULD they do? The answer is very easy, nothing!!!

  • Hi
    You forgot the EXCISE TAX

  • Choo Hader

    Just hypothetically imagine how good the USSA would become if every single person employed by the federal govt died tomorrow.

  • Hey You

    My guess is that federal taxes will go to zero when the federal system breaks under its own weight. When?, I wish I knew but probably by 2020.

    People who think the USA union will be around 100 years after FD Roosevelt’s election (1932) are delusional.

  • ElMonte Slim

    And what does that taxation buy us?

    More than half of discretionary spending goes to the military. We spend more on our military than the rest of the world, combined. Adding in spending on the VA, the NSA, etc., we spend $1050 trillion/year on “defense”. China runs a very distant second, at $110 billion/year.

    • Brad

      1050 trillion a year? Are you a complete idiot? The complete annual federal budget is less than $4 trillion.

  • Neo1

    A Banksters defeatism nightmare, Being forced to Return to Real Money=United States Note=Lawful Money. The real reason you pay an income tax, is for the privilege of using a private currency. Also known As A: Federal Reserve Note, Demand from your bank or brokerage, lawful money and the tax goes away, with a tax exemption on lawful money, all of your money is yours. Use the Remedy within the Federal Reserve Act. Stop being a Slave!!!!!!
    Tax Exemption: Web search these four different phrases: Redeemed in Lawful Money or United States Note or Redeemed in Lawful Money Pursuant to Title 12 USC §411 or deposited for credit on account or exchanged for non-negotiable federal reserve notes of face value

  • Nick Mitsinicos

    This administration has successfully deferred the effect of the devaluation of the dollar to 2013 and 2014 when (hyper-?)inflation will be an even more burdensome tax on EVERYONE! The devalued dollar will ultimately bring jobs back to the USA but our standard of living will drop like a rock. The “fairness” gambit is just a disguise to replace the current 1% with a different politically connected 1%.

  • Your article is somewhat confusing to me. First you say that America has the highest taxes in the World at 35 percent, than you say that corperations have 17 Trillion hid out overseas then you say that Corporations don’t pay taxes, they just pass them on to the Government. In fact no American Corperation has ever paid taxes, they just collect more money from the People and pass it on to the Government. Lastly if you have ever been to any government offices you will notice that they hire a large porportion of minoritys, thus Welfare for the under classes.

  • RIGHT ON !!!!!!!

    But, help may be on the way:)

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  • bring back the OTTOMAN EMPIRE !

  • Steve

    While Wells Fargo may not pay a ton of corporate tax. The tax revenue generated by Wells Fargo and its employees makes up 1/1000 of the entire US tax revenue. So if there where simply 999 other companies that paid this much tax that would be the equivalent of all US tax revenue. We don’t need to tax anyone more, we need to reduce the government to 1/1000 of what it is.

  • WastingtonDC: It is inspiring, at last, to see a respected and unbiased media source addressing even a single excessive regulation aspect of the murderous revenue enhancement savagery with which our revenuers/regulators harm independent truckers, in particular, and raise prices for every consumer of the US GDP worldwide. Tens of thousands of over compensated Public Employee Union, PEU, members “Make Eight” loitering about in air conditioned comfort, with lifetime jobs, collecting 8 hours pay, at higher union rates, every day of our lives. The savagery goes on 24/7/365, extracting billions of dollars from the most vulnerable non-union drivers, and owner operators. Of course this is done with union drivers happy cooperation, throughout the entire GDP service, mining, refining, construction, manufacturing, and transporting industry, since all unions prosper from the trillions of dollars worth of wasted time, fuel, and the added union jobs required to move the freight stranded when independent owner operators are disabled, killed, jailed, or forced out of business, by constant attacks by highly rewarded PEU revenuer teams operating tax, fee, fine, and forced repair enhancement roadblocks, or local DMVs and tax collectors offices. Most of their unconstitutional takings are passed directly onto the industries customers, and thence to all GDP consumers. The larger transport firms, union driven, simply raise their rates, increasing GDP prices, for every consumer of an ounce of the US GDP, worldwide. The harm to the US economy is incalculable. This regressive interstate revenue competition VAT comprises the most incredibly wasteful and murderously effective restraint of virtually every physical ounce of US trade, since that Americans ended when the original Boston Tea Party assisted in our forefather’s dismissal of our English King.
    The cost of collecting the billions extracted in interstate revenue competition is largely wasted, along with most of the enhanced revenues collected, just in employing untold thousands of our 24,000,000 spoiled and too often armed PEU members in taxing Americans without representation. The PEU acronym rhymes with “Phew!”, and that miracle of poetic justice is the only positive return from a VAT collection system that kills an alarming percentage of US taxpayer, every year of our lives. This savagery is justified using the ready excuse of highway safety, with the wealth extraction aided by billions of dollars worth of expensive vehicles, infrastructure and high tech toys, all working every hour, too often, directly to the detriment of actual highway safety. Thousands of sworn law enforcement officers are permanently wasted in assignments to revenuer duties, detracting to some degree from highway safety, with rising fatal and less than fatal accident rates attributable in poorly understood ways, to their absence from law enforcement, and their presence leading interstate revenue competition teams.
    Thousands of pages of complex and draconian revenue driven regulations, allow fines to be collected in a thousand ways, related to commercial driver’s hours of sleep, work, transition to new load locations, and truck title, registration, and weight limits, all taken with every jurisdictions’ most favored, or politically connected, (remember those campaign donations) insurance firm’s harvesting uncompetitive insurance rates, all required, by regulations designed to tilt the playing field for the entire transportation of the US GDP, to the advantage of huge firms employing union drivers.
    Most of us are unaware that union drivers can revel in full pay status, when they are delayed for hours, or even days awaiting a forced local repair, or major part replacement, unlike the hard working small business truck companies, and owner operators, who earn money only when the wheels are turning. Union members not only count on drawing full wages, plus overtime when they attend their truck during those delays, but see their unions job numbers rising, as additional drivers are required to move the freight delayed, or left stranded, by the combined PEU/union truckers excessive benefits. Large firms run 5000 trucks or more, and are often forced to employ union drivers. They can ignore non-competitive insurance rates, by self insuring, simply depositing a nuisance level $5,000,000 bond with DOT, and using staff lawyers to minimize and settle accident litigations. Owner/operators, small firms, and families owning a truck, or a few, pay far too much of that enhanced transport industry tax revenue with their spouses’ earnings, often from minimum wage jobs.
    In my own more fortunate case, during my family firm’s independent operator years, those recurrent wastes came from my wife’s professional salary, and her retirement savings. We paid over half as much as our much used Class 8 tractor-trailer rig cost, just for our ICC Common Carrier operating authority, and state mandated high rate commercial insurance coverage, always harvested, only by state approved vendors, no doubt chosen, and managed by and for local politicians. We were forced in those days to carry along a “bingo stamp sheet”, proving that local insurance campaign contributors were harvesting non-competitive insurance rates from us, for virtually every state we entered. In those days, we paid over $8500 per year, for liability and cargo insurance, all added to $750 some, annual Class 8 truck federal taxes, with similarly maximized state title and registration fees, and sales tax on the truck, all spent, in cash, before earning a single dollar.
    In the seven years before vicious interstate enhanced revenue competition drove us out of the business, the total of revenues extracted and wasted exceeded several times the cost of buying our whole rig, comprised of a 9370 International Eagle, Class 8 Tractor, with two different specialized Car Hauler trailers. For those first seven years after my retirement, from OJCS, as a non union, often activated military reserve officer, and not entirely “civil” servant platform manager, JSOA, RD&A, for some of our special marine and littoral anti-terror teams, our family firm suffered those wastes daily, with near constant and far higher personal risks than I had ever incurred, even on the frightening day I dived into a SEAL team’s mortar pit, to wait out a “short round” 81MM High Explosive shell’s entirely unplanned falling back among us.
    The worst effects of the constant extortion of enhanced fines, fees, and forced repairs, at every jurisdictions border we crossed occurred during the several years when we operated with two kids in Princeton, at the same time. In those days, our entire family business investment, and economic survival, was completely at risk, 24/7/365. I virtually lived in that 15 year old rig. Its 8V92 Detroit got a maximum of 3.5 miles per gallon, as I shopped hard, to pay as little as 85 cents per gallon of diesel, in the last century. Our best year, my hard working spouse, and our company owner, carried $39,000 in fuel and repair costs, even with up to $30,000 monthly truck earnings, always paid too late, by all but our single honest auto transport broker. Complying with operating hours and myriad jurisdictions revenue enhancement regulation scams, in every state, as best I could, I never spent less than 350 days living in that truck, each year. I slept there, ate there, and endured repeated falls, broken teeth, and severe stress, while, driving, resting, repairing, or adding custom equipment, at far away repair shops, almost all of every year. Those risks, driven mostly by interstate revenue competition, included the risk of ending our kid’s educations, keeping our eyes ever focused on the horrific risk of a single “over the top” revenuer competition team preventing both our children’s timely graduations, with honors. The two of them worked harder, even longer hours, than I did, and both won those graduation honors, proving that every mile of those 125 painful trips hauling eight private owners automobiles coast to coast were worth any costs involved, even with every day’s costs maximized by illegal restraints of trade, and taxation without representation. Those wonderful graduations, I never got to attend, ended our need for the truck’s income, allowing us to close our business, and end the constant stress and deadly personal danger inherent in the taxation without representation that we endured and witnessed, every day of those seven plus years.
    Those risks and stresses were raised even higher, in the worst dozen revenue competitor states, some of which I finally simply refused to reenter. The most alarming and stressful incidents occurred during a thousand or more forced passages, by, over, or around any of the more infamously savage revenuer team’s sacrificial alters/anvils. Like most long haul drivers with a half million or more miles in the driver’s seat, I have personally watched far too many Americans die in accidents. I have driven by their ongoing crashes, during their final seconds of life, and have passed many more of their bodies, faces covered in Stoke’s Basket, metal stretchers, later, as first responders sorted out their wrecks. Those witnessed deaths, and serious injuries exceeded all that I ever saw, or my ship, or weapons station crews lived through, in the ten years I served on two aircraft carrier flight decks, and naval weapons stations, transporting thousands of advanced weapons with trucks, forklifts, cranes, aircraft, trains, barges, and even school buses in some odd cases. Those revenuer imposed dangers and years of continuing stresses remain far more personally stressful, after decades, than the well remembered dozens of incredibly dangerous incidents, when I saw multi-ton high explosive bombs bouncing off steel hangar bay decks, ten feet from my person, after they were shook off ship to ship transfer cables by high seas. I have seen them falling out of high doors on aircraft, knocked over on trucks, and even watched tons of thirty foot ancient timbers, blasted from a pier we demolished, as they flew past my personal pickup truck, with one passing between my division officer and me, when our most utterly fearless EOD team member grabbed the Hell Box handle I kept on a lanyard, hanging around my neck, and touched off a huge demolition, with only a single quarter mile of electric blasting cap wire between us, and the explosion. After two of those, I never let Harry get within arm’s reach of that handle again, until I had rolled out a half mile of wire for larger demolition blasts. That sensible approach was identical to my decisions to spend more fuel, and visit the less dangerous revenuers stations, often on high mountain routes, fuel wasting and highly dangerous, but not controlled by over the top revenuers. The additional number of major crashes each long hauler passes, minutes after the disaster, as those covered stretchers are moved about, adds to the horror, long term. That anvil reference came into play, over years, as my carefully maintained albeit older rig repeatedly weathered savage revenue driven inspections, by some of the most skilled and “ravenous for revenue” teams conducting adversarial repetitions of a full annual DOT inspection. Those wasted, trade restraining, and thus illegal repetitive inspections are often conducted to extract still more revenues, from folks unable to vote locally, only five miles/ten minutes from the neighboring state’s identically savage repetition of that same patently illegal, trade restraining local revenue driven inspection. Some nine million commercial drivers are routinely forced to idle in long lines, wasting millions of gallons of fuel, and millions of hours lost productivity each day, awaiting our turns, to undergo up to two dozen long painful repetitions of the same inspections often in a single week, during each cross country leg of every round trip. All at your expense, if you consume any portion of the US GDP.
    There were occasional deadly threats to be heard, when aggressive team’s strutting cowboy style revenuers remembered how many times our custom built, and memorably old, solid reliable rig, and its clearly aged military veteran driver, had gotten through unscathed. They seemed to resent it particularly, when their inspectors had to report “no deficiencies found”. That report was occasioned by my crawling under the rig, to adjust every axle’s brakes personally, several times each trip, and keeping speeds below 60MPH, taken with constant maintenance attention, and that careful operation functioned to limit them to harvesting the usual trade restraint fees, including state fuel fees, or fines extracted in lieu of fuel sales taxes not paid. Remember, as The Tax and Spend conspirators cannot, (no truck owning driver would buy more diesel than we were willing to drink with our daily dollar’s worth of four McDonalds’ heart attack specials), in Ca, NY, La, and other states where increased fuel taxes drive all truckers to schedule their massive fuel buys in those states more aware that Americans react to excessive taxes, in our own best interests, always. Oddly, our forefathers taught our dismissed English King those facts, but American voters cannot teach them to our Congressional Club, wholly owned by higher paid lobbyists, nor The One, now, still, yet, but only until Nov 2012, acting as King of the disloyal majority, wholly dependent on forced union dues pouring into their campaign war chests.
    I was often amazed by revenuers’ repeated sneering threats to crush my ancient, and thus, obviously, non-union truck on their tax anvil, or cut it in half for disposal, on my next appearance at their proud team’s tribute collection facility. Worse, I was truly astounded, when an armed and smiling sworn officer personally came out, and stopped me, after my unit passed repeated revenue driven single axle weight checks with compliant weights on each axle. He continued to hold up a long line of idling revenue enhancement victims while he personally forced me to turn my steering tires, fully, from right hard stop to left hard stop, several times, all in hopes of forcing a single visible drop of power steering fluid out of my fifteen year old hydraulic lines. Had a single drop slipped out of the tortured lines, that revenue enhancement team’s leader, and hero, would have set a fine training example, by demonstrating the harvesting of a heavy fine, and collecting state sales taxes on the several thousands of dollars in repairs required, before my truck could leave his team’s site. There is little doubt that in many such cases where forced repairs are imposed, including major ones requiring a $500 tow truck hook up, and in those days, $5 per mile to the repair shop, that the only local repair shops numbers visible, meaning those allowed to remain taped up in the inspection palaces’ public phone booths, would be the number of a favored local repair shop’s road side callout repair trucks, or shockingly, at least the one truck stop owned by a senior law enforcement official, and using, I swear, trustees from his jail, to over torque the ten lug nuts on my right rear tire. I was used to being savaged by the ravening revenue driven inspection teams constantly repeated annual truck inspections, comprising illegal restraint of trade when repeated without probable cause, or more often than annually. I had never before seen a sworn law officer willing to smile broadly, while he forced me to risk permanently damaging my $1000 worth of huge new steer tires, and the steering gear, as he illegally forced the overstressing of my steering mechanisms. That PEU member was personally putting at grave risk, my life, my business and the lives of any traveler on the same mile of highway, when one or both of those fatally damaged new tires blew apart, during the next high speed run through any of the hot desert sections that we all had to cross, every trip.
    I now realize that the revenue competition team leader’s resentment, and illegal forcing of my tire damage, along with his efforts to create, purely for revenue enhancement, a visible leak, resulting in an instant, red tagged, “Out of Service” fine, was triggered, when he noticed that I had replaced the most often fined, (due to overload), 16,000 pound front axle on any car hauler’s rig. The 20,000 pound cement mixer front axle, and higher load rated springs, with its huge new steer tires, had permanently ended my danger of his revenue teams’ easy hits, on my non union family business rig. Neatly denied their favorite fines, so often collected when heavy luxury automobiles caused one or another car hauler’s axles, particularly the least massive front one, to exceed its allowed weight limit by a few pounds or often a few hundred pounds, the team leader came down hard. He was “Showing me”, personally, and deliberately, the dangers inherent in ending his teams’ easiest revenue harvesting, permanently, by guaranteeing that those tortured new tires would have to be replaced, immediately, before any high speed run across a desert, or they would with near certainty, burst, due to the many internal ply reinforcement fibers broken or pulled loose from their surrounding rubber, during his “Off the rails” outrageous “Showing me”. By his forcing those standing twists, while each $500 steer tire was firmly anchored on his roughened dry concrete, with up to 20,000 pounds of engine, cab, and a heavy Mercedes salon car, perched high above, and extending the legal three feet in front of, my hood ornament, he expected to harvest a greater fine, and far more forced repair costs, regardless of the damage done, or increased risks to the traveling public. His team was spoiled by the ease of forcing most car haulers with a heavy car above their hood, to pay a fine, and to waste endless hard hours moving their 8 car load around, with repeated weight checks, while attempting to meet each axle’s individual weight limits.
    To thwart those “gimme” fines, I had bought a cement truck front axle, that I noticed, about a half a mile from my Grandpa’s small holder farm. Turns out I got it, for lunch money for his crew, a gift, from a man who had sat near me, half a century before, in Mrs. Pemberton’s sixth grade class, in Long Grammar school, after his driver ripped the brand new axle off, driving over a tree stump, at high speed.
    The revenue team leader either resented the ease with which I had ended those quick fines, or feared my constantly spreading the word around, that a massive front axle could earn back its cost, its extra spring’s cost, and their combined extra weights, by ending the easy weight fines. That heavier axle allowed me to instantly throw my heaviest car far forward, and atop the rig, often reducing weights falling on the rest of my rig’s axles, thus avoiding both the competition teams’ favorite overweight axle fines, and the savage labor they often required, in moving multiple cars. Those long exhausting hours of wasted labor were far too dangerous for a 60 year old constantly exhausted driver. I paid one $5000 replacement cost for my new axle, and another far worse, while being “shown” that revenuers frustration, at that tribute station. As I expected after the steering gear overstress test, our family business was savaged by two more costs, in later trips, when I first had to perform an emergency replacement of my overstressed power steering pump’s hose and fittings at King City, Californication by jury rigging on of my rigs hydraulic car lifting rack hoses, to avoid another savaging in the four dozen tribute stations of our most famous bankrupt state. The worst cost came with incredible risks to the traveling public, during hot season crossing of the Arizona desert, when the huge right steer tire burst, ripping off the entire right fender of my ancient rig, and thoroughly frightening both the driver, and every person within sight of that high speed disaster.
    Nobody died, and I cannot prove that a sworn law officer’s “show me revenuer stunt” was the proximate cause, but I can prove that a good part of that year’s profits were stripped away, while the best small business truck shop in Texas rebuilt the entire fiberglass fender, replaced the tire, and cautioned me to risk showing the next over the top revenuer the major repair receipt to prove that twisting even the best steer tires on the market under heavy loads, on dry concrete, may well kill far too many Americans, in the next desert crossing.
    That sickening example of the many risks associated with a surprisingly dangerous, albeit cutely smiling, sworn revenuer officer is on par, with the worst of them I experienced in thousands of forced revenue enhancement interactions over most of the last decade of the last century. I was often verbally abused, and illegally fined, and on one occasion I was cursed, insulted, and assaulted by an even more brazen armed PEU member. That officer threw my license and documents at me, hitting my chest across the room, screaming, “You’re the luckiest SOB in the world, get out of my state, and don’t come back.” I endured that PEU member criminal’s physical and verbal assault, then watched the offending officer run out and jerk another driver out o f a moving private automobile. I realized that obeying that order, at any business cost, could save my business, and perhaps my life from that officers uncontrollable rage. I left the state by the shortest route, and altered my entire business operation areas, barred from entering that state ever again, as I fully expected to be put out of business, physically harmed, or even killed, if that officer, not quite the worst “out of control” infuriated officer I ever encountered, happened to see my rig on the highways, or was ever present when I was forced to risk all, by driving up onto that tribute collection station.
    Honor requires my admitting, with the many better interactions in my long travail, recorded here, that I may have been made the luckiest driver in my recollection, by dozens of competent, honest, and completely decent law enforcement officers who were themselves the most abused victims, in many of the wasteful interactions we were all forced to endure. Many of those fine public servants were victims of their unions’ political masters, and their jurisdictions’ ravenous appetites for enhanced commercial truck revenues, extorted from Americans denied the opportunity to vote the tax and spend rascals out, in local elections. I observed those honorable, and entirely “civil” servants of the American people, and often listened to their expressions of their own personal shame, at being forced into illicit revenue enhancement assignments. In those wasteful interactions, I was courteously inspected, allowed to proceed unmolested, or ticketed to meet local revenue needs, often leaving the scene poorer, but with genuine respect for the patient honesty of many fine, and entirely honorable sworn law enforcement officers sadly wasted in revenuer assignments. Those revenue enhancement incidents ranged nationwide, after starting in my front yard, after an enthusiastic roving midnight revenuer reported my business vehicle’s out of state license plates, on the car I drove to my out of state business location, where it was legally registered. A nicer, even decent officer came by, issued me a high priced ticket, and admitted that the tickets would continue, since it was all about the money. I had to sell the nearly new car, at immense loss. Other wasted incidents, with our commercial rig and some incredibly fine law officers, happened in Texas, CA, and dozens of other revenue competing states. I had incredible experiences, in sometimes dicey situations, like that in which a scary, tough old Texas ranger, near the Mexican border, reined in a local revenue hungry officer, patiently working through my inch thick stack of insurance paperwork, individual invoices for all eight cars on my unit, and even searching my entire rig, with the other revenue driven officer held at bay, but observing closely for any possible revenue opportunities. . The hard cased old ranger’s efforts proved that I was simply and legally trying to make a living, albeit, the hardest way. Our family survived that incident too, and I will always be grateful, for that ranger’s honorable efforts. It appeared that his immense force of personality, and awareness of both their sworn oaths of public service, as opposed to the usual suspect, revenue enhancement, convinced the revenue hungry officer to serve our people, instead of his jurisdiction’s revenue needs. After hours of frightening inquisition, the younger officer grudgingly agreed at last, to leave me unmolested, in earning that hard living, at least in that honorable old ranger’s part of Texas.
    I hope the Washington Times will emulate the wonderful example, of free press exposing, and informed local voters wiping out, Bell City Californication’s political criminals’ tax and spend PEU members, along with their union’s political criminal masters, in the first election after their tax robbery for personal gain was exposed. That free press miracle provided a prime example of how careful, legal, and “enough” taxation, by politicians obedient to their employers, is entirely possible, and takes firm hold, when Washington Times, or any other media vendor exposes the nature and extent of the mindless needs for excessive revenues that are driven by excesses of PEU members’ pay and benefits.
    I hope some of the Bell City criminals are still in jail, today, as a result of the free press exposing their extortion of enhanced taxes that most local politicians are too smart to dare collecting from their own voters. They only fear those voters able to correct their wasteful spending, at their next election. Hence, there is no protection at all, excepting the free press miracle I am challenging Washington Times to perform, for millions of transportation, and industrial working people, always from out of town, and severely victimized by the myriad draconian local revenue enhancement scams set out herein.
    I hope those writing these stories will be shocked, when I relate the quiet, often openly shamefaced, admissions that “It is all about the money”, by honest officers, removed from their sworn duties in law enforcement, and forced by revenue quotas, to ticket me, instead of enforcing the laws to improve public safety. One ticket example, clearly done entirely for revenues, on a remote, empty highway, with a long descending grade, was for going only 7 miles over the posted limit. It was issued after an airplane radioed the 7 MPH over-speed, in a deadly high angle downhill situation where public safety required me to conserve my brakes, prevent burn out, and avoid the hundred MPH run up a high mountain run-a-way truck ramp that would destroy my truck or perhaps kill me, and any travelers between me and that deadly emergency ramp. The ticket stands out in my memory, due to the high personal risk the revenue harvesting officer took, in his kindly handling of me, the victim of a doubtfully provable “pure revenue enhancement” or daily quota ticket. That particular $285 fine occurred in a state famous for posting no speed limits, excepting in those places where revenue enhancement signs were apparently well placed to harvest money from out of state truckers. The victims included any trucker unwilling, and often unable, due to the laws of physics, to try and survive burning out their brakes. We often have to choose one of 18 different gear positions to descend on, and depend on, all the way down the descent, with our “Jake Brake” engine retarders screaming, to keep our forty ton rigs, and the public, safe, even if our rigs creep up, a few miles over the posted limit, momentarily, on one or another ill designed (too steep) section, curve or embankment. In that instance, we were alone, excepting the airplane that claimed to have detected my 7 MPH over speed from miles above me, on an empty twenty miles of remote highway.
    When I asked the honest officer harvesting revenues at the bottom of the hill, if any of his state’s judges would not justly, and correctly, ask him why I had been brought to traffic court, for a 7 MPH violation of the posted limit, he stated: “We know you cannot afford to give up five or ten of your “thousand dollar” working days, and the thousand dollars worth of fuel involved in returning here, to contest a nuisance level $285 fine, regardless of the outcome, or what any honest judge would do. I am sorry, it is all about the money.”
    Like those many honest officers, forced to do the revenue enhancement they despise, Washington Time’s authors can hardly be faulted for failing to know enough about, and adequately address the nature and extent of these well concealed enhanced revenue horrors, and the high costs associated with city, county, state, and federal transport ”revenue enhancement” regulations, or the bloody decreases in public safety on our highways that are driven by the resulting interstate competition for those enhanced revenues. Apparently, almost every tax and spend jurisdiction ignores, or may even deliberately hide the costs in blood and treasure of their revenue enhancement regulations’ compliance costs. How convenient, when the statistics, in general lists, never set out the percentage of highway deaths, injuries, litigation, and destruction of small businesses, families, and non-union trucking firms that occur due to billions of dangerous interactions with interstate revenue competition teams, and almost certainly, too often, occur very close to a revenue competition team’s site.
    You’d have to have survived the last second speed and lane changes that occur, in the deadly traffic melee’s that are inevitable when long lines of high speed trucks approach scale house entry lanes, often with already a dozen trucks idling while the lines extend into the high speed Interstate travel lanes. Every trucker, and the revenuers causing the dangers, are well aware that the “Scale Closed” sign should, by law, and public safety policy, have been activated early on, and must certainly be activated, within seconds, to prevent the inevitable high speed run under accidents proved to have killed so many Americans, as soon as the first idling slow trucks begin to extend into the high speed lanes. Perhaps Washington Times investigators could use the Freedom Of Information Act, to locate the statistics on run under accidents that allowed DOT to require expensive alterations of all our freight trailers, to include heavy run under prevention steel barriers on every trailer. There are incredible costs, for these safety regulations, as they forever reduce the weight of paid freight a trucker can haul, on every compliant trailer, by the weight of the added steel barriers, all to the benefit of union drivers hired to carry that extra freight, in far too many trucks added to the nine million some now infesting our highways. How many of those run under accidents occurred within a few miles of some revenue team’s air conditioned torture palaces, if not actually in those too long approach lines, and why are those statistics not widely reported, annually?
    It would be great fun, and I can probably find a few truckers willing to haul the bravest of Washington Times writers through those terror filled seconds, and even bravely insert their rigs, by choice, for the good of all Americans, behind the last truck in line. There, proven free press journalists could experience, first hand, the terror that the “Tail End Charlie” truckers endure if their frantic lane and speed changes in the last few seconds fail to avoid their rig being stuck in the rearmost position, all for enhanced state revenues, constantly diminishing highway safety, as they are extracted/extorted, from working people from out of town.
    The second the Scale Closed sign lights up, all the following trucks get to roar past at full speed, without risking their whole economic life, to the tender mercy of an experienced revenue enhancement team. The draconian threat signs: “All trucks in approach lanes must cross the scale”, are of course the incentive even for union drivers, to use every trick of the trucking trade, even braking, or using sudden speed and lane changes, in the last few seconds, on approaching the hated revenue palaces, to avoid becoming the last truck in the overlong tribute stations’ deadly slow approach lanes. You can even see truckers pulled over, at high risk of a ticket, or the same sort of “run under accident”, on the highway shoulder, a few miles short of the scale, awaiting a fellow trucker’s radioed “the scales are closed” message. That friend’s report will allow them to speed by, saving an hour’s idling waste of fuel and driver time, and more importantly, for safety, avoiding the incredible increased personal danger inherent in creeping along, as hundreds of sleepy truckers, and totally unawares four wheelers, miss their rear ends, by inches, as we have all repeatedly experienced. Union drivers of course, are free to drift on into the tribute station lines, and get paid full pay, or overtime, harvesting the same wasted labor costs all added to the GDP, as the PEU member revenuers who enjoy the comforts of life time union employment, too often in air conditioned comfort, waste and idleness. It is all part of, and caused by the constitution violation inherent in their trade restraining taxation without representation VAT on all US transportation. It is probably the most regressive tax in the world. Those enhanced commercial truck revenues flow, one way or another, directly into inflating the prices of the GDP, and damage all non union truckers, along with every GDP consumer, particularly those required to spend every dollar they earn on whatever portion of the US GDP they can still afford, to feed and shelter their families.
    Any non-union driver, and those independent owner/operators lucky enough to survive the half million or more long haul trucking miles it takes to learn the horrors inherent in the trucking game would be greatly pleased, to see Washington Times step up to the plate and expose the unbelievable nature and extent of the interstate revenue competition teams, and their ” dirty inside baseball trick approaches”. The PEU revenuers involved may be the proximate cause of a too large percentage of those Americans killed, maimed, and impoverished yearly in truck related accidents, or harmed by small business or family bankruptcies, et al.
    None of the some nine million commercial drivers, or honorable public servants still employed among about two dozen million PEU members, private truck owning farmers, and industrial workers, harvesting enhanced revenues from up to 80,000,000 of US taxpayers living in, on, or from truck related operations could afford to risk their careers, by revealing the horrors they endure, witness, and visit on truck operators from outside their jurisdictions’ voting boundaries, as this large percentage of our GDP is extorted/extracted. The almost entirely wasted Transportation VAT, on all the US GDP, is a perfect example of Taxation Without Representation. It is self perpetuating, and, insanely, repeated dozens of times, on every ounce of the US GDP, every time the same ounce crosses the border of any competing jurisdiction. That is every city, county, state, province, region, or country in NAFTA, where the GDP is transported a single mile, on any truck designated a commercial vehicle.
    There are, of course, long retired, an highly experienced truckers, and honorable public servants retired after wasting their careers in extracting enhanced revenues from the very people they could not protect, who would volunteer to bring Washington Time’s proven journalists up to speed, educating them to the dirty tricks we all endured, and empowering them to expose the mostly wasted NAFTA transport VAT, just as the free press exposed the Bell City tax robbery, in our most bankrupt enhanced transport revenue grasping state, Californication. That benighted and draconian champion of taxation without representation has over four dozen savage revenue extraction stations, all located at highway choke points, to improve the proceeds from their illegal extortion of all Americans hard earned money. Their failing state finances are representative of exactly the attitude that drives tax officials to prey on Americans unable to vote in local elections.
    The important difference is in the trillion dollars per generation of PEU waste inherent in the far larger and far more damaging to highway safety waste that is caused by the incessant revenue enhancement practiced in nearly every taxing jurisdiction in all of NAFTA. We would all, of course, hope for some level of protection of these volunteer journalists sources, since there will be repercussions, if Washington Times exposes the certainly existing percentages of our annual 4000 truck related fatal accidents, and a similar fell percentage of our 40,000 plus annual fatal accidents not attributed to any truck involvement for which interstate competition teams, collecting fines, fees, and sales taxes on forced repairs, may well be the proximate cause. There may be additional tens of thousands of non fatal accidents that maim Americans, end their ability to earn a living, incarcerate some of them, and impoverish their families, that can also be traced back, to the national transport VAT, using existing accident statistics, with an eye to the US taxpayers, against Them Revenuers, that is created by any illicit taxation of dozens of millions of Americans, every working day of their lives. economic lives. It would not be surprising, the total cost in blood and treasure, taken across all the humans placed at risk by this national VAT waste disgrace, exceeds the costs of each of our recent generations wars..
    The draconian savagery continues 24/7/365, with thousands of revenue enhancement operations hidden in plain sight, many conducted by sweet old ladies, ensconced for life, in our local DMV, or tax collectors’ offices, or county, state and federal regulatory agencies. The most easily detectable, albeit, not the worst effects, nor provably those most likely to kill or maim a US taxpayer, are conducted at our hundreds of multimillion dollar trade restraining bureaucratic revenue palaces set one on both sides of every major highway, with an identical pair, entirely wasted, two to five miles away, on each side of most NAFTA state or province borders.
    There may be an entirely separate set of even worse deadly unintended consequences/costs, far worse in the numbers of killed and injured, and litigation, medical, and lost productivity costs, that US taxpayers pay, far beyond the damage of wasting most of the revenues collected, paying for those unneeded air conditioned revenuer palaces, vast individual benefits for PEU members, and their political masters’ slush funds.
    It is a sad fact, that commercial truck revenue enhancement competition effectively prevents millions of the least wealthy, and hardest working Americans dependent on trucks for their living, from ever owning reliable vehicles large enough to protect the public from their outsized loads of materials, machinery, equipment, and their antiquated trailers, on decades old tires, that remain in use because of the costs inherent in reducing, or avoiding the exorbitant enhanced revenues so stringently applied, in the name of highway safety. The five thousand dollars or more wastes our family paid, often taken from my spouse’s salary, over each of seven long years, during some 125 coast to coast round trips, included thousands of hours of idling in long revenue extraction lines, or waiting at roadside rest stops, truck stops, or casinos, for those revenuer station lines to be closed, or, as increasing experience dictated, choosing to drive on perfectly legal, albeit somewhat longer, if much more ruggedly dangerous, back country routes suggested by more experienced drivers. Many of those legal, but costly routes included far less deadly interactions with the most savagely effective states’ champion revenuer teams, and the fuel and time wasted were justified, by the lower total revenues extracted by the often far less vicious revenuers assigned to operate those less profitable minor route inspection/revenue extraction stations. That says nothing of the life saving reduction in driver stress involved in being the only truck passing in an hour, instead of idling in line, an hour, every time you crossed the highest revenue dollar collection sites, that are of course, the highest efficiency revenue competition stations.
    These days, due to the $15,000 to $25,000 annual wasted costs that would equal those we paid those decades ago, subscriptions to sites like, provide exacting identification of each state’s total numbers of sworn officers assigned to revenuer teams, their detailed schedules, locations and related costs. For additional costs, Premium Subscribers content apparently includes the site specific legal routing/scheduling advice necessary to allow those wishing to maintain their sanity, and avoid family bankruptcy, to limit their interactions with the most dangerous revenue competition teams, without learning everything the hard way, as admittedly, I, and most new freight haulers have to do. Long before certain states outlawed the use of CB radios as truckers exchange information on surprise ambush teams, at remote highway rest areas, etc, my uncle Ed, a multi-engine military aircraft pilot, and a plane and truck owner, all his life, would wedge his log book against his windshield, after any abusive interaction with local revenuers, thus warning those truckers going toward the trouble he endured to take a nap, and overnight stop, or a less dangerous route. Now, with unlimited texting, et al, taken with sites like the low cost one can make a sensible investment in small business highway safety, particularly in Californication, with its Bell City PEU style revenuers ensconced in PEU luxury, at over four dozen tribute collection palaces on profitable interior highway choke points. That excessive taxation, endured, or avoided at greater cost, but with less stress, causes the wasteful burning of millions of gallons of wasted diesel and time, every day of our lives. The danger is borne by the truckers, and the traveling public, but the costs redound to the GDP, for every penny spent by trucks running on the smaller, more dangerous, and slower old freight hauler’s routes. It costs drivers a great deal in fuel and time, but those costs are minor, and controllable, when compared to idling for hours in deadly tribute collection station approach lines, often extending out into the high speed interstate highway lanes. I have passed thousands of my peers, when the scales are forced to light up their “Scales Closed” signs, to avoid legal liabilities involved in keeping a long line of trucks extending into oncoming high speed traffic, , frantically praying to avoid a run under at 65MPH by a four wheeler, while waiting their turn, to have their hair set on fire, by bureaucrats, armed revenuers, and the political relatives, wannabes and “hangars on” that infest the trillion dollar political waste creation machine involved in enhancing local jurisdiction’s commercial truck revenues. Remember, it is mostly extracted from people unable to vote the rascals out, in the next local election, and at least the huge union driven firms simply pass it all on to the end user of the US GDP, US taxpayers, the newest, and most abused of our American minorities.

  • There was a lot on your mind Franklin…

  • V

    Items 13, 14 and 22 are in direct conflict with item 15. If the top 20% of income earners are really paying 86% of the taxes (item 15) AND item 13 (top 400 pay 18%) AND item 14 (buffet pays 17.8%) AND item 22 (wealthy hid $18 trillion offshore) are all true, it really shows how totally whacked income inequality is. Free trade has been strongly promoted by BOTH political parties for almost 20 years straight yet it is in direct conflict with the US Constitution regarding the responsibility of Congress to REGULATE trade not DEREGULATE trade. No other country is so stupid and corrupt regarding trade policy… europe has 17% VAT, CHINA has VAT, those are trade tarrifs. But so many in the US scream about ‘protectionism’ because it has been heavily promoted by politicians and the press for so f’ing long I think most who think it is ‘good’ has never heard of fair trade. That’s what 20 years straight of trade propaganda does … brainwashes the masses. Trade deficit with China hit another record in March ($51 billion), how much are we exporting there again? Wouldn’t $50 billion a month INTO our economy (instead of OUT) help some? And that is just communist china whom our politicians have empowered while making America weak and bankrupt.

  • Chip Spradley

    The Fairtax is the answer. HR 25 in the US House has 68 sponsors and 8 in the Senate.

  • somitcw

    “9 -” . . . “Back in 1900, “Tax Freedom Day” came on January 22nd.”

    What happened to income tax starting in 1913?

    • Better get your facts straight income tax began in 1913 , you must be talking about some other type of tax check you sources and research and you will see it is correct.

      • somitcw

        Sal DiGiorgi, does that mean that you also question the date in number 9 or that you think that it is correct or something totally different?

        • Did you read # 10 personal income tax started in 1913/ april is a good month for april fools.

          • somitcw

            Sal DiGiorgi, if number 10 says what number 10 says then why does number 9 say what number 9 says?

  • Embarrassed: we’re smarter

    Who holds the purse strings and power to keep our current tax system. It is so grossly unfair and costly and we have such a large debt. Ask the people who have not investment in how the tax code changes. This means: not the tax accountants who’s earnings depend on it, not the lobbyists who represent special interests, not investors with greater than 5 million assets. Have a range of economic wealth of citizens with backup support for information of how our money is spent and how it is made (from every source) Certainly we are smart people and can using our money more wisely.

  • Terry

    There is no such thing as a fair tax. Taxing has the power to destroy. NO Federal Income Tax. It pays the Federal Reserve and nothing for the country. A Fair Tax will still go to the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve and their collection agency the IRS need to be abolished.

  • Tim Fuller

    How many times does the dollar get taxed? Infinitely, I imagine.

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