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The US Tax System is Functionally Regressive
This is my site Written by Neil Palmquist on May 14, 2013 – 11:27 am

The US may feel that it has and prefers a “progressive” tax structure, but the effective enforcement as written is “regressive” in nature.

To quickly illustrate for you, if you invest a $100 in the stock market and the value of that stock when you sell it is $110, you will only have to pay a tax on the $10 increase. In other words, the initial $100 is seen as a cost to doing business and the government therefore does not subject it to taxation. However, a laborer that works a whole day to earn $110 must pay taxes on the entirety of his or her wages, not recognizing the “cost” of the laborer. As “the poor” typically are limited to only their earned income and do not have excess “capital” for further investing, our system effectively couldn’t be much more “regressive” in structure than if it were intended to be so.

Perhaps the Government holding each individual’s labor cost at a value of $0.00 should just be likened to that of a collective Freudian Slip on their perceived value of our labor inputs. Irrespective, I personally feel it is ridiculous for officials elected to represent us to so grossly underestimate the true value of our time and effort. It is this flaw in government’s perceived value of our labor that places the burden of taxation predominantly on labor.

I recommend we stop arguing over what tax rates are “just” for each respective “class”. The system became flawed when we abandoned reliance on indirect taxes and fees… and it became “exploitative” when we instituted a personal income tax system that values the labor inputs of its citizens at a cost of $0.00.

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