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Old 06-17-2008, 03:38 PM   #166
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You're preaching to the choir in regards to people making 250K not being rich, these people have to work day in day out after all. I do however find it odd some feel that 250K is not enough.
I agree the debate over if 250k is enough to live on has really moved this thread in a different direction. As I said earlier its more about "Is It Fair" to push more tax burden onto them?
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I think it's interesting that "$250k is comfortable, not rich" has been mischaracterized as an argument for $250k not being enough to live on.

Anyway, I agree it's time to move on. Where's SS with one of his "Understanding the issues" threads?
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I think it's interesting that "$250k is comfortable, not rich" has been mischaracterized as an argument for $250k not being enough to live on.

Anyway, I agree it's time to move on. Where's SS with one of his "Understanding the issues" threads?
Yeah it's important not to get it misconstrued.

I think the budgeting exercise we went through, in consideration with your input on childcare and student loans, shows that $250K is a good cutoff for a 3% increase in the tax rate.

Those making $250K, even in a worst case where student loans and daycare were through the roof, would pay 0 in new taxes. Those making $300K would pay an additional $1500 per year, and it's been shown here that if you make $300K, you can afford a very nice lifestyle and big daycare costs and massive student loans.

But no, $250K per year is not "rich."
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While I make pretty good money I'd feel just fine making 250k. All I need to do is fire all employee's, do away with all other overhead and cost and I could be there.
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I agree the debate over if 250k is enough to live on has really moved this thread in a different direction. As I said earlier its more about "Is It Fair" to push more tax burden onto them?
As a single guy that makes roughly half of that I think it's fair. Would I like to get more of my money back? Sure would. Do I feel burdened by taxes? No. Why is roughly half of my property taxes going towords local school districts when I don't have any kids? I don't know, but I do know that I went to public schools and it's the right thing to do....etc...etc...etc.

We've beat this subject to death. Time to explore a new subject. Take it aways SmootSmack.
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Yeah it's important not to get it misconstrued.

I think the budgeting exercise we went through, in consideration with your input on childcare and student loans, shows that $250K is a good cutoff for a 3% increase in the tax rate.

Those making $250K, even in a worst case where student loans and daycare were through the roof, would pay 0 in new taxes. Those making $300K would pay an additional $1500 per year, and it's been shown here that if you make $300K, you can afford a very nice lifestyle and big daycare costs and massive student loans.

But no, $250K per year is not "rich."
Or maybe people could do with less have one parent at home and do away with daycare cost. I guess thats a whole nother thread for another day when things are slow.
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I agree with Schneed and saden1. firstdown - that's definitely a new thread. I nominate you to start that one
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I agree with Schneed and saden1. firstdown - that's definitely a new thread. I nominate you to start that one
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As a single guy that makes roughly half of that I think it's fair. Would I like to get more of my money back? Sure would. Do I feel burdened by taxes? No. Why is roughly half of my property taxes going towords local school districts when I don't have any kids? I don't know, but I do know that I went to public schools and it's the right thing to do....etc...etc...etc.

We've beat this subject to death. Time to explore a new subject. Take it aways SmootSmack.
Not to keep this going but where you say you do not feel burdened by the taxes you pay I do with a family of four. I'm self employed so each month I have to wright a big check to the Fed. and one to the state. Then at the end of the year they say my business grew but I did not take home any more pay and have to pay taxes on this so called growth. I think eveyone should have to pay their own taxes as it would cause allot more people to start thinking about whats happening to all their money. Heck, ask a person what they pay in fed and state taxes and most have no clue at all just what they bring home.
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Sounds like a good plan to me. Can we also do away with SS?
That hurts man, that really hurts. What did I ever do to you?

Working on a new Understanding the Issues thread. The next one was going to be about the economy but I think this one pretty well covers it.

Hats off to those of you (you know who you are) who provided extremely insightful information.

Anyhow, I need to give some thought as to what the next topic should be. They start to get especially sensitive now so I must exercise caution.

I'll have something in the next 48 hours though. In the meantime, carry on with this discussion.
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Not to keep this going but where you say you do not feel burdened by the taxes you pay I do with a family of four. I'm self employed so each month I have to wright a big check to the Fed. and one to the state. Then at the end of the year they say my business grew but I did not take home any more pay and have to pay taxes on this so called growth. I think eveyone should have to pay their own taxes as it would cause allot more people to start thinking about whats happening to all their money. Heck, ask a person what they pay in fed and state taxes and most have no clue at all just what they bring home.
I don't understand...if you're not growing you shouldn't be paying taxes on anything beyond your taxable revenue. If inflation and rising costs is taking it's toll on you then I feel you but understand that you're not the only one hurting in that regard.

As for small business operation, why are you filing your taxes every? Unless your revenue is extensive shouldn't you be filing quarterly or annually? Anywho, my parents own a small business. They have 10 or so employees and they let ADP handle their payroll taxes and a CPA do their taxes quarterly. I've heard them complaining about business being slow these days because people are cutting back on their spending and that's about it. I'm sure they wouldn't mind paying less taxes but they're not hurting because of taxes. I'm sure your situation is different but I don't know by how much.
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I don't understand...if you're not growing you shouldn't be paying taxes on anything beyond your taxable revenue. If inflation and rising costs is taking it's toll on you then I feel you but understand that you're not the only one hurting in that regard.

As for small business operation, why are you filing your taxes every? Unless your revenue is extensive shouldn't you be filing quarterly or annually? Anywho, my parents own a small business. They have 10 or so employees and they let ADP handle their payroll taxes and a CPA do their taxes quarterly. I've heard them complaining about business being slow these days because people are cutting back on their spending and that's about it. I'm sure they wouldn't mind paying less taxes but they're not hurting because of taxes. I'm sure your situation is different but I don't know by how much.
I have a S corp. so if on paper my business grows but I do not pay myself anymore money at the end of the year even though I did not take the money out of the business I have to pay taxes on that money. I've been hit a couple of times but back a few years we increased my pay and my 2 employees so this did not happen again. Its like I have to run the corp. so at the end of the year its in the negative and not the positive. My CPA does my payroll and my quarterly taxes. I've always paid my state and federal payroll taxes monthly then at the end of the quarter they just subtract out what I have allready paid and I send in the difference. I think every business has to send in their estimated payroll taxes each month because if mine is late any month they fine me. I'd hate to wait and pay it all every quarter because it would seem even that much worse.
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This is somewhat of an off-topic bump, but I thought I'd dispell the notion that the Bush tax cuts are regressive.

Here's an excerpt from a politico op-ed.

But what about the Bush tax cuts? They only favor the wealthy, right? Again, letís go to the facts. Since 2000, when President Bush entered office, the share of federal tax liabilities borne by the lowest and middle quintiles has decreased, while the share borne by the highest quintile has increased. In 2000, the lowest quintile bore 1.1 percent of total federal tax liabilities compared with 0.9 percent in 2004, the year that all of the Bush tax cuts were in effect. Thus, the federal tax liability of the lowest quintile dropped 18 percent. However, the highest quintile paid 67.2 percent of these liabilities in 2004, an increase of 1 percent in their liability since 2000, when they paid 66.6 percent. Far from favoring the wealthy, these numbers suggest that the wealthy are bearing more of the tax burden

The Department of the Treasury recently released a paper studying the impact of letting tax relief expire: ďA four-person, one-earner family with wage income each year of $40,000 in 2007 dollars would see a tax increase of $2,345; a four-person, one-earner family with wage income each year of $80,000 in 2007 dollars would see a tax increase of $2,000; a three-person, one-earner family with wage income each year of $40,000 in 2007 dollars would see a tax increase of $1,655; and a head of household with two children and wage income each year of $30,000 in 2007 dollars would see a tax increase of $1,615.Ē

More than 116 million Americans would see their taxes go up. And small businesses that pay their taxes based on individual rates (which is most of them) could see their effective rate rise to more than 44 percent.
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Well stated. You are not alone in your views. The salary I earn for my family does not belong to the Government. If the Government wants to stick their hands deeper into my bank account and call it change, then I'm not on-board. While I'm definitely not in the 'rich' tax bracket, I object to tax burden that the folks in this tax bracket endure.

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I'm pretty sure the folks making this type of income will survive. Contrary to popular belief, most families making that type of money did not get it handed to them through trust funds or Mommy & Daddy paying all their bills until they were in their 30s. I would argue that their good judgement in putting 15% in their 401K and sending their children to private schools is also, in the long run, much better for the economy.

A majority of them worked their hind-quarters off to try to make a better life than what they came up in, even if it meant making sacrifices like studying in high school so they could get into a good college while their friends were at parties and getting drunk/high, studying and working internships while in college rather than blowing off class and partying, or spending years in the military to attend or pay for college at night, working 50-60 hour weeks, spending time on the road away from their families, answering pages, texts and cell phones in the middle of the night to deal with business responsibilities.

I've posted the numbers before, the top 10% of earners pay approximately 67% of the taxes in this country, the bottom 50% pay about 3%. The rates for income earned vs. tax rate is disproportionate.

WTF right does the government have to increase the tax rates on the "wealthy". It's flat out wealth confiscation and redistribution. The money earned by the American people is THEIRS it is NOT THE GOVERNMENT'S. Unfortunately, so many people have the attitude of "well they can afford it".....until they move into a higher tax bracket and their tax rate goes up. It doesn't matter if the "wealthy" can afford it, why should they? The "raise taxes on the rich" argument is class warfare at its worst. How does the "top 2%" fight this? They can't because the folks voting in November outnumber them by a vast majority and don't recognize or don't care that what is being proposed is wrong.

Not only is this approach flat out wrong, it will stiffle the economy. It has been proven time and again, when the government raises taxes the economy slows down. Like it or not, that "top 2%" is not just ambulance- chasing lawyers, professional athletes, and overpaid CEOs of major corporations. It is mostly your local doctor, dentist, salesperson, or small business person who owns the local restaurant or store at the mall. Most of these folks go to the same stores, drive on the same roads, go to the same churches and work their asses off like everyone else. And they almost never qualify for or take advantage of any government entitlement programs.

And I don't want to hear the "Warren Buffett paid 15% or 17%" argument. Buffett is in the crowd that can live off investments and has a team of accoutants/tax attorneys making sure he pays the least amount of taxes he can. Most of the people in the $ 250-300K range make a vast majority of their income through salaries and business income that isn't taxed at the lower capital gains rate.
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