ďI couldn't be at all sure that the poor are the ones that don't pay the taxes,Ē
I donít quite get that either, Bob. The current HHS poverty threshold for one person is $10,400.
For example: Letís say I barely make enough money to cover my immediate expenses this year, and Iíll give a round figure of $600 a month. $7200 per year.
Thatís an extremely modest mortgage payment, and painfully low budgeted utilities, food, gas and insurance. (and yes, Iíve done this as do millions of other Americans.)
and many may say thatís not a likely picture of ďpoorĒ because the indication of a mortgage and no car payment signifies some sort of wealth or asset, so Iím strictly going by the HHS DOLLAR figure for income specifics and stats, not hard assets or property owned.
Sales tax here is 9.75%
I also have to pay property tax of $600 a year.
and a wheel tax on every vehicle I tag each year of $27
Claiming 0: My federal withholding for the year would be around $600
Social Security withholding $500
and Medicare $120.
Rough bottom estimate: $2000 a year, city, county, state, and fed.
roughly 27.7% of the personís income.
Thatís 1 person, bottom level average income, no children, and hopefully...no sickness or large maintenance expenses/repairs or purchases for the year.
So who are these people who are not paying ANY taxes?
They would have to be dead, dying, or so destitute that they definitely need help.
Wow, given that most of those people are disabled or single mothers or dependent children children of single parents, I guess we ought to crack down and repeal those child labor laws so the six and seven year olds can compete against their parents in the marketplace and really drive those wages down.
I hear you.
or we could just set up a picket line at the SSI and the Welfare offices and demand they not receive their benefits for our benefit, even though, at any given moment of total misfortune, either one of us might have to cross over into the receiving line.