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The Top 10% of income earners paid 71% of federal income tax

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posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 11:49 AM
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I do agree with you that the tax code is horrible. 9-9-9 was equally horrible though. The tax code needs to be nullified and a new simple system put in place.




posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 11:50 AM
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If I am reading your post here correctly, you have made an assumption error with your calculations.

You have compared all of the 5%-28% to the 28% - up + capital gains?

Every person that pays into a tax bracket, has paid into every tax bracket below it.

Ie:

I have to fulfil my tax obligations at the 10% bracket before I fill my obligation to the 15%, etc.

So you would have to remove all of the taxes paid by the 28% and up listings from the previous brackets to even start to get a true value.



posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 11:51 AM
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Bright future as in nuclear explosions seen on the horizon
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posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 11:52 AM
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Canada has her problems and I wouldn't worry about Keystone...it's not one of the major ones.

We have our own tax issues, just on a smaller scale, and without pesky, full-level, 'person hood' rights to corporations.

As for oil, well, it has made up less and less of our total earnings for a very long time now.



posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 11:53 AM
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I'm not following you sorry. and I went 5-25% then 28% and up + capital gains.
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posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 11:53 AM
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Originally posted by ImaFungi
reply to post by Eurisko2012
 


Bright future as in nuclear explosions seen on the horizon
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No. We are going back to the moon.

Helium-3 and tourism. Are you ready to jump into the Marriott swimming pool

with only 1/6th gravity?



posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 11:55 AM
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The best shot at apples to apples is to take "your style" info from 2010 IRS data and compare to Schuyler's post, but remember an apparent contradiction doesn't indicate which is correct. His post seems pretty straightforward and doesn't have any room for misinterpretation. There must be a way to actually resolve this question.



posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 11:55 AM
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Originally posted by Kali74
reply to post by Eurisko2012
 


I do agree with you that the tax code is horrible. 9-9-9 was equally horrible though. The tax code needs to be nullified and a new simple system put in place.


It won't be easy.

I can already see K Street throwing a hissy fit.



posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 11:57 AM
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Originally posted by Kali74
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I'm not following you sorry. and I went 5-25% then 28% and up + capital gains.
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And therein probably lies the problem somehow.



posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 11:59 AM
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It makes perfect sense and is how most of the Western world operates their tax structures.

Lets say I make $100,000 dollars for tax purposes.

Of that, the following will occur (based on 2012 tax table):

$8,700 taxed at 10% = $870 taxes paid
$26,650 taxed at 15% = $3,997.50 taxes paid
$50,300 taxed at 25% = $12,575.00 taxes paid
$14,350 taxed at 28% = $4,018 taxes paid

Total: $100,000.

Total taxes paid: $21,460.50

Average tax rate: 21.46%



posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 12:02 PM
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Not that I can see because as other posters have shown the top 10% income level starts at 113K, which is taxed at 28% so obviously the claim the top 10% pay more taxes would be based on taxes generated by the 28% tax rate bracket and up.



posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 12:06 PM
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Originally posted by peck420
reply to post by Kali74
 


It makes perfect sense and is how most of the Western world operates their tax structures.

Lets say I make $100,000 dollars for tax purposes.

Of that, the following will occur (based on 2012 tax table):

$8,700 taxed at 10% = $870 taxes paid
$26,650 taxed at 15% = $3,997.50 taxes paid
$50,300 taxed at 25% = $12,575.00 taxes paid
$14,350 taxed at 28% = $4,018 taxes paid

Total: $100,000.

Total taxes paid: $21,460.50

Average tax rate: 21.46%

I believe someone has called "bingo". Well earned star.



posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 12:09 PM
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Would not the IRS data reflect that in the tax dollars generated though?



posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 12:12 PM
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Originally posted by Jean Paul Zodeaux
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Well, at least the good graces to admit you're clueless.


Seeing as how that never happened, I am guessing my time is better spent than to read petty personal insults from someone so obviously having a problem grasping simple concepts.
Any of you know what a number even looks like?

I never said I was clueless. Stating I admitted I was is either lying about what I have said or clear evidence you do not understand. So either quote me admitting that or see if you can act like a human being and start your post off with something a little more honest.
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posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 12:12 PM
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Originally posted by Skyfloating
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The top 10% make 113 000. I wasnt aware of how much they make and was surprised to read that. I wouldnt consider them rich and I'd have to consider myself part of the 10%.

I avoid talking about the 1% because they are not the focus of this thread, even though many try to focus on them exclusively.


$113,000 is top tier? That is not the top 10% that is BS. Thats the near average for middle class America E.G. Husband and Wife filing jointly. If they have kids they are not payng very much tax at all!


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posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 12:12 PM
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Not necessarily.

They may have simply stated that they received 'x' amount of dollars from each tax bracket.

They do, of course, have those tables internally, but I'm not 100% sure on how specific they can be on public releases.



posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 12:14 PM
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Originally posted by peck420
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Not necessarily.

They may have simply stated that they received 'x' amount of dollars from each tax bracket.

They do, of course, have those tables internally, but I'm not 100% sure on how specific they can be on public releases.



The Majority of Americans get $3,000+ as EIC credit each year. Many millions get $6,000+. Even those making $113,000 will not have much tax liability if they have kiddos!

Single persons with no kids, and those making the big bucks pay the most. Thank god for lesbians and gay dudes as they pay some tax brother! Well unless they have dependant children.
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posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 12:15 PM
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Exactly and that is the data used for both the claim in the OP and my own. If it's inaccurate that's on the IRS but either way it doesn't justify a claim that any tax bracket pays 71% of federal taxes.



posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 12:18 PM
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Yes, and the upper middle to upper brackets get a lot of tax breaks as well. There's no way to generate a rough figure if you're going to factor in all deductions and credits.



posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 12:18 PM
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Originally posted by LErickson

Originally posted by Jean Paul Zodeaux
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Well, at least the good graces to admit you're clueless.


Seeing as how that never happened, I am guessing my time is better spent than to read petty personal insults from someone so obviously having a problem grasping simple concepts.
Any of you know what a number even looks like?


Oh it happened, sport. You openly admitted you had no clue as to what I was talking about, but it certainly doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what I am saying. Simple math will do.

Numbers are symbols used to describe units or digits. Words are also symbols. In regards to the tax code one cannot determine how much someone owes before first determining if that person is liable. Someone not liable for the tax owes nothing. That is simple math.



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