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  1. Feb 2018
    1. A separate Pew poll found 56 percent of Americans saying their incomes are "falling behind" the cost of living. But at higher income levels, a majority said their incomes are either staying even or going up faster than living costs.

      as the tax gap between rich and poor widens, it makes it harder for those who are not able to afford losing much money taken from taxes meet the standered of living in the states that they are in.

    1. Income inequality in the U.S. dropped sharply in World War II and remained fairly steady until the 1970s. Unlike the gap in many developed nations in Europe and other regions where living standards have improved without exacerbating inequality, the American gap has steadily grown. From 1975 to 2002, the percentage of U.S. income earned by the richest 10 percent (now about 30 million people) of the population increased from 33 percent to 45 percent. The portion held by the richest 3 million people doubled, from 8 percent to 16 percent. And the share held by the richest 300,000 people tripled, from 2.25 percent to 6.73 percent.

      tax between the rich and poor has grown wider ever since world war 2 and has got worse each year.

    2. . Conservatives argue that inequality is the inevitable and even desirable consequence of a free-market system that rewards work and talent, and that it gives Americans a greater incentive for success than people have in, say, Sweden. Liberals say that growing inequality is a failure of capitalism and of democratic government. Can the gap between rich and poor continue to widen without causing a political backlash?

      Between the two groups, conservatives believe that inequality isnt a big deal and liberals think the opposite .

    1. 57 percent of the income goes unreported. That's $68 billion in unpaid taxes right there.

      shows how high the numbers are in a small group.

    2. the study found a tax gap -- the difference between taxes owed and taxes actually paid -- of $345 billion, or nearly one-fifth of all taxes collected by the I.R.S. This sum happens to be just a few billion dollars less than the projected federal budget deficit for 2007; it also amounts to more than $1,000 worth of cheating by every man, woman and child in the U.S.

      people are cheating their ways into paying for taxes. They leave out more than $1,000 in taxes and by doing this they are hurting the economy.

    3. most Americans say they are proud to pay their taxes. In an independent poll conducted last year for the I.R.S. Oversight Board, 96 percent of the respondents agreed with the statement ''It is every American's civic duty to pay their fair share of taxes,'' while 93 percent agreed that everyone ''who cheats on their taxes should be held accountable.'' On the other hand, when asked what influences their decision to report and pay taxes honestly, 62 percent answered ''fear of an audit,'' while 68 percent said it was the fact that their income was already being reported to the I.R.S. by third parties. For all the civic duty floating around, it would seem that most compliance is determined by good old-fashioned incentives.

      Those that say they are happy to pay taxes are those that do not have to worry about financial difficulties.

    1. Politicians have intentionally set tax rates on wages much higher than those on long-term investment returns. The U.S. has a progressive tax system in the sense that well-paid workers sacrifice much more than poor workers on their “ordinary income.” But Americans with so-called unearned income—qualified dividends and long-term capital gains—get a break. A billionaire investor can pay about the same marginal rate as a $40,000-a-year worker, a fact Warren Buffett has famously lamented.

      It doesnt take much for investors than those who use wages as their source of income.

    1. Washington state had the most regressive state tax system, taxing the poorest residents at 16.8 percent while taxing the top 1 percent at only 2.4 percent, the study said. Florida ranked number two, with the poor paying 12.9 percent of their income to taxes, while the top 1 percent pay 1.9 percent. Texas ranked third, with the bottom playing 12.5 percent and the top 1 percent paying 2.9 percent.

      States such as Washington, Florida and many big states have really high taxes contributed by the lower class.

    2. , the poorest 20 percent of Americans paid an average of 10.9 percent of their income in state and local taxes and the middle 20 percent of Americans paid 9.4 percent. The top 1 percent, meanwhile, pay only 5.4 percent of their income to state and local taxes.

      As the rich continue to contribute a smaller percent of their income towards taxes, they are harming the lower class who have to pay a lot more from their paychecks which they cannot afford to lose.

    1. It’s time for the wealthiest Americans and big corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. When they take unfair advantage of the many loopholes in the tax code the rest of us pick up the tab.

      its unfair that the lower class should pay more than they can handle while the upper class has more than enough that by paying taxes it wouldnt hurt them.