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What They Will Scream: But 38.5 percent is disproportionately high! See? You've proved that the rich "contribute more than their share" of taxes!
What You Should Say: Actually, they are paying almost exactly "their share." According to the data, the wealthiest 5 percent of America pays 38.5 percent of the total taxes precisely because they make just about that share — a whopping 36.5 percent! — of total national income. Asking these folks to pay slightly more in taxes — and still less than they did during the go-go 1990s — is hardly extreme.
Originally posted by Iamonlyhuman
Do away entirely with Income taxes altogether.
How? Put a federal tax percentage on all goods and services that people buy. That way all of the people who do not pay taxes right now (unreported income) will be forced to pay taxes if they want to buy something. Also, in that way, the taxes will not be mandatory - only pay them if you want a diamond ring, a new car, or a loaf of bread.
The more expensive the item, the more tax... simple, fair, and voluntary.
[edit on 9/8/2009 by Iamonlyhuman]