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12/13/2012 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Letter: Taxes can be simpler

I have never understood why income taxes had to be so complicated. A lot of states have great systems that work. The federal government should follow their example. A flat tax rate is the fairest method of taxing.

Eliminate most deductions and tax all income at the same rate. The more money you make, the more you pay. Deductions for low income, such as childcare and tax forgiveness for very low income with children, would be allowed. Also, across-the-board deductions for charitable donations would be allowed.

All income would be taxed. How much simpler could it get? This would also eliminate a lot of cost in issuing refunds. Most taxes would be paid to what is actually owed and not over- or under-paid.

William Herring

Kingman


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012
Article comment by: We Know

@ Anson's Nephew

I agree. To some of the posters on here it doesn't matter who you are or why you are collecting it, Your still a parasite but when you drag them to the carpet on it they don't answer. Forget the folks that worked until their retirement dates and payed into it the whole time, they are still parasites. What I can tell you, as soon as there is any chance for these ignorant posters to collect, they will.


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“People here illegally receiving S.S.”

Does not happen, just more right wing hyperbole.

“But, I don't feel guilty rec. mine-it is a saving grace for me as I was without health ins. for 9 years until 2012 for the first time ever in my life-so majority of my S.S. goes to that and taxes and I Thank God for taking care of me!!”

I do not want to seem harsh, but others here have pointed that those of us who use Medicare are parasites and following that logic it is not God who is caring for you, it is the American taxpayer.


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

@ Anson's Nephew

You are right about the capping part-but,I think a lot of figuring would have to go into play as far as one only receiving back what they pay in due to interest earned ect.. There is such a huge amount of misuse of the S.S. fund on the federal level that has caused a lot problem with the funding. People here illegally receiving S.S. diability, others who receive disability at very young ages but can still carry on one heck of a social life(or what they think is). There have to answers to solve it. But, I don't feel guilty rec. mine-it is a saving grace for me as I was without health ins. for 9 years until 2012 for the first time ever in my life-so majority of my S.S. goes to that and taxes and I Thank God for taking care of me!!


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

@AN
"that 1) the earnings cap be removed or 2) that we only be allowed to withdraw as much from both SS and Medicare as we put it."

Completely agree on #1....on #2....if you can pull it out lump sum I also agree. A healthy (or wealthy) person with their own insurance wouldn't need it. A terminal person could use it for a final fling.

Of course...with all the other programs in place...it really wouldn't matter too much would it? Show up at an ER and you will be treated..no matter what. Apply to many local and state programs and you will be fed and housed.

So...like I said...#1....my full support...stupid rule as written anyway.


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“… now rec.S.S. am paying tax out of it! I don't care I just wish people would not act as if it's something you get for nothing.”

So you are making over $25,000 (if single) or $32,000 (if married). BTW it was the Republicans who pushed through that tax on Social Security recipients.

And yes, many of us would make enough to override the earnings cap years ago, but times change as has the number of people drawing SS combined with the Republican’s blocking jobs bills that would put more people to work to pay into the system.

What is wrong with what I have proposed previously (and no one responded to) that 1) the earnings cap be removed or 2) that we only be allowed to withdraw as much from both SS and Medicare as we put it.

Please address those proposals. Thank you.


Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

There is a memorial fund set up at Wells Fargo Bank. It is Sandy Hook20 angels family memorial fund. You can donate at any Wells Fargo Bank. This fund is intended to help the families of those children with funeral expenxes. I hope all of you on here will consider donating as a way for our community to reach our great nation to our fellow Americans in their time of pain and sorrow. Thank you in advance!

Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

@Anson's Nephew

Okay I understand what you are saying but, when we were younger(the very few first years of a career) In Dec. there was no S.S. taken from the the gross pay. Can't tell you how much that meant to us as young a young couple with two young children to do both birthdays and Christmas for as the pay wasn't that great! For years&years&years we didn't get that break and even though the S.S. benefit was taxed and then taken out, now rec.S.S. am paying tax out of it! I don't care I just wish people would not act as if it's something you get for nothing. I would like to see a flat tax and Sooooo much simplifyed compared to what we deal with now.


Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“I just read a study that those house holds making 13K or less spend roughly $1200 a year on lottery tickets.”

I would love to read that “study” – would you provide a link becasue I cannot find it? Thank you. Wow - $25 bucks a week on the lottery, can’t wait to read this study.


Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012
Article comment by: Jeff Stoneberger

@Frederick D Williams

Everyone should pay a tax. Even flat tax of maybe 10%. If all you make is $1000, then you pay $100, big deal!

And don't give me that stuff that the poor doesn't make enough to pay taxes. I just read a study that those house holds making 13K or less spend roughly $1200 a year on lottery tickets.


Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Harris

Frank Lee, Warren just wants to be treated like his peers. Why should the billionaire liberal just send he the check when he can help change the system to allow all his dear billionaire conservative friends to pay their fair share?

Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Harris

The answer to why taxes have to be so complicated is so the rich and well-connected can avoid them while the poorer and less able pay the rich man's share.

Perhaps a better question would be why would the rich prefer to spend thousands for accountants, tax attorneys, and financial advisors rather than do the patriotic thing and just pay their taxes?


Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: Frederick D Williams

The wealthy would just love a Flat Tax, but what would happen to the little retired person who doesn't make enough to pay any taxes? Do you want them to start paying whatever the Flat Tax would be?

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Guess what there are people whose social security is taxed! think about that ….”

I am puzzled as to how you came to the conclusion that I claimed SS benefits were not taxable? What I stated was that every dollar received should be taxed for FICA (Social Security), in other words – eliminate the earnings cap on FICA payments.

Of course people drawing SS will pay taxes on that income IF they make more than $25,000 as a single person or $32,000 as a couple. Under those amounts there is no income tax liability on Social Security benefits.


Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: biker randy

Yeah, Anonymous, blame the right wing for taxes being called fees instead of what they really are, taxes. You keep believeing that in your parallel universe.

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Taxes and Death the two things none of us will avoid, we get taxed all during our lives, sales, income, gasoline tax, luxury taxes etc., the list is long, of course the right wing only seems to find concern with income taxes and view all other taxes as non-existent, and the one I find most amusing is the right wing favorite called fees, they do not deem them taxes instead will not say one peep about them it would destroy their Peyton Place world they live in! Anytime you pay anything from your wallet, purse to any government body its a tax, call it a fee or what ever makes you happy!

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: biker randy

Every 4 years politicians talk about changing the Fed. tax system. IT NEVER HAPPENS !!! Too bad this subject just get's lip service.

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

@anso nephew

Guess what there are people whose social security is taxed! think about that and it was taxed before taken out of the gross-think about that.
Are you aware, tho, previously posted, IRS budget for fiscal year 9-11-912 was 12.3 billion dollars? Would make sense to have flate tax rate and abolish the corrupted IRS!
Why is it congress never talks of cutting all the subsidies given out or taking tough love stance with all our enemies and tell them the bank is broke? No, it is always the maybe/maybe not middle people they want to stress out about paying more and loosing benefits they HAVE paid for.


Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@ansons nephew

"(you know, the guys that make the rules) would never stand for."

Funny how you never seem to think wealthy liberals do not hide or wish to avoid taxes. Warren Buffet spends a great deal of time claiming he does not pay enough taxes. Yet he never just sits down and writes a check to the Treasury, which he could certainly do if he wished to put his money where his mouth goes.

Social security taxed to the max? Fine with me, as long as the taxes are taken from everyone getting a check......no exceptions.

Some people want to have income limits, means testing, for social security, Again fine by me.......as long as anyone denied benefits has every single dime they ever paid in refunded to them


Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

In order for a flat-tax system to work the rate would have to be in the 22% to 25% range - something people like Willard the Money Hider (you know, the guys that make the rules) would never stand for. I would be all for it except for deductions to charities - otherwise sounds good.

And of course social security should be taxed on every dollar received in order to permanently "fix" that system.




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