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Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by heyabbott, Mar 8, 2015.

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  1. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    I don't want anyone to feel sorry but I'm doing our taxes and the wife and I are salaried employees, no business deductions or ownership, no way to hide income. Between Federal, State, Local, Medicare and Social Security taxes we had over $50,000 with held from our paychecks. Doesn't include the local utility and property taxes on our house and the 6% sales tax on everything else.

    FUCK THE WELFARE SOCIETY. Problem is we don't make nearly enough money to benefit from republican policies. We don't hit the social security ceiling on income. No one is going to reduce our tax bracket. We get no subsidies, reduced rates, assistance. We get shit for our money.
  2. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Just tell yourself all that money went to something you like. Perhaps the military. Maybe your favorite National Park.
  3. Vombatus

    Vombatus Well-Known Member

    That's a good mind trick, but you just know a good chunk of it goes to shiftless morons. Maybe even some of my relatives.
  4. Welcome to the middle class.
  5. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Drinking water not laced with fecal coliform bacteria and driving on roads without 8-foot craters has something to recommend itself too.

    I also like being able to walk down the street and not having to step over rotting corpses or fight off packs of starvation-crazed predators. Maybe that's just me.

    I'm in my mid-50s, don't have kids, never will. My nieces/nephew attend a private grade school and public HS in a district where I don't live anymore. I've been paying in school taxes, indirectly or indirectly, for 40 years, tens of thousands of dollars in total, and yet I don't give a fuck. It's nice to be able to carry on a conversation with people on the street and get something more than guttural grunts in response. From some of them.

    OH by the way, I remember when I started working in the mid-late Seventies and early Eighties. I made vastly less money than I have in recent years. Yet the tax bite out of those early teeny-weeny paychecks was massively larger (in proportion) then than what I'm paying now.

    Sure in a perfect world I'd love to pay no taxes -- zero zip zilch nada. Maybe I'll move to fuckin' Somalia to live in my tax-free Nirvana.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2015
  6. ColdCat

    ColdCat Well-Known Member

  7. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    How much of a refund are you receiving?
  8. SpeedTchr

    SpeedTchr Well-Known Member

    Holy crap, abbott, you make a lot of money if you're chipping in 50 large a year.
    I pay a huge chunk each year due to no real deductions, etc., but I don't begrudge most of it. I do get peeved when I see "poor" people crowing about their "refunds" as they waste the money on big TVs and other crap, but the benefits of taxes outweigh the negatives.
  9. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    If you're edging up on the SS max as a couple, you'll be on the hook for about $40K to about $50K. That's about a 20% rate. It's a lot of money, true. But, per many 'round here, that money's the only thing standing between us and shit-infested meals and corpse-riddled highways.
  10. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

  11. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Taxes pay for goods and services that you may or may not use but someone does and there's a reasonably good chance you may use those goods or services in the future.

    Those taxes also keep us free, as so much of that money goes to the military.

    I spend almost as much on insurance as I do taxes annually, and I get way more for my taxes. Insurance paid for two dental visits annually and one visit to a doc in a box. Woo hoo. While taxes provide a number of real and hidden benefits.
  12. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Whatever you do to make your living, how many of the people paying for your service or product are public or state employees? Teachers, policemen, county workers, federal workers, military...

    Take all those customers away, then start bitching about your paying too much in taxes.
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