sunspot Posted April 22, 2006 Share Posted April 22, 2006 If we look at the tax code, it is extremely complicated for the average person, with very little of it geared toward the middle class. The complexity is useful in the sense that it create a wide range of jobs, tax middlemen to help people make sense of it. Besides providing jobs for all the tax expert middlemen, the tax code is so large for two reasons. First, special provisions are made to stimulate the economy by giving special tax considerations to certain areas of the economy. The other reasons are kickbacks to lobbyist for their legal and illegal donations to our elected officials. It is not always easy to decern which is which, so simpliciation runs the risks of throwing out the baby with the bathwater. A two or three tier flat tax or a national sales tax could be used to raise the same amount of tax revenue and would spread the tax burden to eveyone more uniformly. But such solutions may affect the ecomony and the ability of our elected officials to distribute kickbacks. Maybe a precursor solution is to take a national poll to determine which tax breaks, currently offered, are considered most important. We then trim off the bottom end from 10-50%. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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