Do you pay taxes?

SmilinSilhouette

Registered Member
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I'm wondering if you pay income taxes, if so what % of your income? My theory is that those who pay less or none tend to support taxpayer funded programs such as health care and those that pay more are much less inclined to support more entitlements.

Our household paid 34% in Fed & State taxes, not including sales & property taxes and other fees. We had a total income of less than 100k.
 

ysabel

/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
#3
I'm wondering if you pay income taxes, if so what % of your income? My theory is that those who pay less or none tend to support taxpayer funded programs such as health care and those that pay more are much less inclined to support more entitlements.

Our household paid 34% in Fed & State taxes, not including sales & property taxes and other fees. We had a total income of less than 100k.
We are in the 2nd to highest bracket of income tax here (and we have loads of other taxes). Your theory doesn't apply to us. But maybe it's a cultural thing because I haven't really heard of the rich here complaining about our taxes going to our health care programs and other social services. They support it a lot in the spirit of solidarité that most citizens here hold precious.
 

Swiftstrike

Registered Member
#4
I'm wondering if you pay income taxes, if so what % of your income? My theory is that those who pay less or none tend to support taxpayer funded programs such as health care and those that pay more are much less inclined to support more entitlements.

Our household paid 34% in Fed & State taxes, not including sales & property taxes and other fees. We had a total income of less than 100k.
You had to have Taxable Income in the 275K range to pay 34%.
 

SmilinSilhouette

Registered Member
#5
You had to have Taxable Income in the 275K range to pay 34%.

Nope, less than 100K in a 2 income family. That includes both Federal and State income taxes combined. I have my tax forms in front of me.

However, I am self-employed. That means I pay both halves of FICA & Medicare, people who are employees have half of those taxes paid by their employer.
 

Bananas

Endangered Species
#6
SmilinSilhouette; said:
I'm wondering if you pay income taxes, if so what % of your income? My theory is that those who pay less or none tend to support taxpayer funded programs such as health care and those that pay more are much less inclined to support more entitlements.
Im tax exempt at present (f/t education) on everything except sales taxes. In the past though I have been in the highest tax band (40%) and my stance towards social entitlement has stayed relatively consistent throughout my adult life. If anything the more I earned the more I felt obliged to contribute, the way I saw it the more tax I paid the more succesful I was and I always ended up with more money in the bank for it.

Your theory doesn't apply to us. But maybe it's a cultural thing because I haven't really heard of the rich here complaining about our taxes going to our health care programs and other social services. They support it a lot in the spirit of solidarité that most citizens here hold precious.
Same here, there was a survey done (I wish I could find it) that to paraphrase concluded that the biggest opponents to taxes were those in the lower-middle income category whilst the proponents were the higher, higher-middle and lower categories. I guess its a proportional to lifestyle necessities thing.