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Tax Facts

Posted by Jeff Dircksen - April 17, 2006

A few tax facts, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, for you to ponder while waiting in line at the post office:
There are about 1.2 million or more professional tax preparers during tax season. There are about 1.2 million people in the state of Hawaii. There are about 836,000 doctors in the U.S.

April 15 is officially tax day, but it is also: Leonardo da Vinci's birthday, the day Abraham Lincoln died, the day General Electric was incorporated, the day the Titanic sank and the day that McDonald's served its first hamburger.

Residents of Hawaii pay more state taxes a person than those of any other state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, followed by, in order, Wyoming, Connecticut, Minnesota and Delaware. Those who pay the least a person are Alabama, New Hampshire, Colorado, South Dakota and Texas.

There are 66,498 pages of federal tax rules in the commonly used Standard Federal Tax Reporter. In 1913, when the federal income tax was introduced, there were 400 pages.

More than half of individual taxpayers now use a paid preparer for their income-tax return. In 1960, less than a fifth of taxpayers used paid preparers. Last year, H&R Block garnered $2.4 billion in revenue from U.S. tax preparation, up from $841 million in 1996.

New Mexico gets $2 in federal spending for every tax dollar that is paid by its residents -- the highest federal-spending-to-tax ratio in the nation. New Jersey receives 55 cents for every tax dollar, the lowest.


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said on Apr 17 2006 at 2:06pm
A list of taxes that we have to pay


IN ADDITION TO FEDERAL INCOME TAX WE ALSO PAY:

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
Capital Gains Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Court Fines (indirect taxes)
Dog License Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel permit tax
Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax Interest expense (tax on the money)
Inventory tax IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Local Income Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Septic Permit Tax
Service Charge Taxes
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Taxes (Truckers)
Sales Taxes
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Road Toll Booth Taxes
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone federal excise tax
Telephone federal universal service fee tax
Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes
Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax
Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax
Telephone state and local tax
Telephone usage charge tax
Toll Bridge Taxes
Toll Tunnel Taxes
Traffic Fines (indirect taxation)
Trailer registration tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax


COMMENTS: Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago and our nation was
the most prosperous in the world, had absolutely no national debt, had the
largest middle class in the world and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.


Greg said on Apr 17 2006 at 7:28pm
At least one tax on the telephone bill was instituted to fund the Spanish-American War, so that tax has been around for over 100 years.

Previously, the federal government was largely funded by tariffs.


Erich said on Apr 18 2006 at 12:31am
I'd add the security fee that is now tacked on to every plane ticket as another government tax that wasn't listed above.


Cel said on May 02 2006 at 8:17pm
Also there is the fact that an Income Tax can be traced back to the Civil War. That is the first time such a tax was put into effect. And just out of curiosity what does a woman staying home to raise the kids have to do with anything?


Bill said on May 29 2006 at 8:16am
Cel... it means it only took one income to make it. Duh!


RD said on Jun 21 2006 at 12:00pm
You forgot the 25% cell phone taxes


Aaron said on Dec 13 2006 at 4:47pm


The inheritance tax.

actually called the estate tax . 90 years in existence.

Accounts Receivable Tax

No such thing

Building Permit Tax

Now we have fire codes & building codes that make the structures we live/work in substantially safer.

CDL license Tax

While the DMV is a nightmare bureaucratic behemoth, there needs to be some for of regulation on driving, not saying it's perfect, but it's a step in the right direction.

Cigarette Tax

You're going to pay here one way or another - either in increased healthcare premiums or the smokers get to contribute to the state healthcare system that is going to give them some healthcare when they have COPD & lung cancer.

Corporate Income Tax

Corporations use the infrastructure of the country, they impose costs to the system by their business practices, they should contribute.

Dog License Tax

eehhhhh, kind of need some regulation on pets, and it's pretty minimal "tax"

Federal Income Tax

How do you think the freeways are built, the Armed Forces are paid etc.

Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)

works in combination with the states, to provide a safety net for people who lose their jobs through reasons beyond their control.

Fishing License Tax

Dept. of Fish & Game - see DMV above

Food License Tax,

Perhaps it exists, just to vague to refute.

Fuel permit tax

too vague to refute - there are such fees/taxes, but they have to do with regulation of commercial transportation or special fuels

Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)

duh duh duh, roads, overpasses etc.

Hunting License Tax

See Fishing license above

Inheritance Tax

Pete & Re-pete were sitting on a fence, Pete fell off who was left?

Interest expense

OK Retard, this is a tax deduction

Inventory tax

No sure on this one, some states seem to charge a tax on certain items, the IRS does not charge an "inventory" tax, you are required to account for your inventory for the purposes of calculating the business income

IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)

Late fee for losers who don't pay their taxes

Liquor Tax

Same as cigarette above

Luxury Taxes

This one is Bullsh*t. why should you pay an additional tax because you bought something expensive? Because you can afford it? BS

Marriage License Tax

??? you need a marriage license to prove marriage (for legal reasons) so somehow the cost of documenting the marriage needs to be covered.

Medicare Tax

Hope you have full insurance if you are retired or unemployed for some reason. Or maybe you think we should care about those who cannot afford medical care. (not saying it isn't abused - it's the principal we're talking about here)

Property Tax

Schools, parks, etc. Or are you a home school proponent, never use the park or police or fire depts?

Real Estate Tax

Huh? No such thing.

Service charge taxes

Again??? Huh? no such thing.

Social Security Tax

No comment. you are a f***ing retard if you don't understand this one.

Road usage taxes

called a "Toll Road" you don't have to drive on it.

Sales Tax

libraries, municipal infrastructure, etc.

Recreational Vehicle Tax

Probably a BS tax, unless there is some extra cost to the environment/citizens as a result of the action of people who buy RVs/

School Tax

Covered under property tax or depending on where you are in the country, a separate tax, but duh.

State Income Tax

To cover the unfunded mandates by the federal government - like "No Child Left Behind", and assorted other things like prisons, firefighters, etc.

State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)

See FUTA above.

Telephone federal excise tax

Telephone federal universal service fee tax

Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes

Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax

Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax

Telephone state and local tax

Telephone usage charge tax

Quite whining about your phone bill.

Utility Taxes

Too vague to comment, the government (fed & state) do regulate the utility industry to a degree, to supposedly protect us from the Enrons of the world.

Vehicle License Registration Tax

See DMV above

Vehicle Sales Tax

See DMV above

Watercraft registration Tax

See RV above

Well Permit Tax

See Building Permit Tax above

Workers Compensation Tax

I supposed you wouldn't want to get any money if you were injured on your job. just CYA! thanks for coming out.

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago,

FALSE

and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.

Still the most prosperous nation in the world, with the best healthcare & best standard of living.

We had absolutely no national debt,

False - ($ 2,337,161,839.04 in 1906 - look it up)

had the largest middle class in the world,

??? don't know.

and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

True, mostly.

What happened?

And I still have to "press 1" for English!

Agree. BS, We are in America.

I hope this goes around the world 10 times...

Me too.


Jeff said on Mar 18 2007 at 7:32am
Aaron, that's the biggest misconception. 100% of the federal income taxes we pay goes to pay for the interest on the national debt.

Currently, although we have foreign debt, and smaller debt that the country gives in bonds to it's citizens and abroad, the bulk of the national debt goes to pay the interest the money that the Federal Reserve Bank (a private company comprised of the big banks in America) lends to the United States as they print our currency.

The US Treasury can actually print it's own currency but as it is, the Federal Reservce prints every bill we hold and charges the country interest on it which in turn, we pay with our Federal Income taxes which now totals over a trillion dollars a year.

Pay the income tax if you want, but know that it's not going to the highways, that's the tax on gas. Just don't be decieved in thinking that anywhere in the Constitution does it list or mandate that an individual US citizen working in the US has to pay tax on their wages.

If you need more info about exactly how the tax law works in a comprehensive and understandable way, go to google video and watch Theft by Deception. and even check our Freedom to Fascism and wake up!!!


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ara said on Sep 23 2008 at 6:15pm
unemployment tax;workman comp tax