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TAXES: ‘Freedom Day’ arrives later

April 19, 2013

Now that you have completed your federal income tax return — and you have, we hope, because it was due earlier this week — you have a few moments to reflect on taxes in general....

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Chuck392

Apr-19-13 6:36 AM

We could save huge amounts of money if the United States merged with Canada. Forget this nickle dime local consolodation.

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Christopher

Apr-19-13 7:03 AM

Good one Chuck, brought a smile!

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joew

Apr-19-13 7:30 AM

Wouldn't work Chuck,the Canadian Corporate tax rate is too low.

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judeye

Apr-19-13 7:35 AM

Not that Americans in general are not paying enough...It is SOME Americans and MANY companies are NOT PAYING ENOUGH.

Why should companies like GE, Bank of America, and Ceasears Entertainment pay NO..ZERO...taxes, yet report high profits.

Or people who earn more than a million dollars a year pay a LOWER tax rate than most working people.

FAIR SHARE that is not so much to ask for is it? Oh...yes it is according to many in our Congress who would rather protect the super wealthy from paying more in taxes than to protect the services and programs that help working people, veterans, disabled and seniors.

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Steiner

Apr-19-13 7:47 AM

judeye, how is it everything you write is so wrong ? You could be the tax judge, the gun decider, the free speech police, in short a super granny ! You liberals , confused as ever. The top wage earners pay most of the taxes. I do not want to pay any taxes at all ! my vast knowledge of steinertrons is the reason. These are the best thing to happen since Teslas AC system and before that, the building of the pyramids. We have the dumbest bunch of democrats since woodrow Wilson in office now. I do not want to pay one nickel to another mind numbing, tax wasting dumbocratic program. The democrats are like North Koreans, who adore kim jong eun, in their worship of Obama****e on libs, lets hear your pathetic dumb usual responses now. I want the days of John D rockefeller back. With my great technical knowledge ,when a dumbocrat arrives I want to say, get lost dumbocrat.

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DarkStar

Apr-19-13 7:57 AM

judeye,

But the left got the tax increases they wanted, but ironically it hasn't changed their tune in the least.

Total spending by all levels of government exceeded $6 trillion dollars (up from $3.2 trillion in 2000), which is almost 40% of our GDP and yet we constantly hear that spending isn't the problem.

As for who pays what percentage, just put a flat tax in place and than everyone can pay the same rate, which in my view is the only truely fair way to do it.

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PR24601

Apr-19-13 8:28 AM

The left thinks higher taxes and a living wage are the key to economic prosperity. There's one big problem with that. It eliminates jobs. And jobs are the real key to an economic rebound. But no, just figure out more ways to divert working folks' money to the poor, leading them straight to the poorhouse as well.

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Dcronlg

Apr-19-13 9:51 AM

Chuck -- not sure the Canadians would even want us...I believe they are quite happy having a border separating us...

Mexico, on the other hand....

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Dcronlg

Apr-19-13 10:05 AM

The three main drivers to our federal spending: retired folks, health care COSTS and defense.

Every minute there are more folks retiring receiving more SS$s than they ever paid into it.

Health care costs more in the US than almost any where else (1/3 is attributed to waste and inefficiencies) and yet we have more lifestyle diseases.

With defense, we are spending on programs and systems which are either irrelevant, duplicative or both given the permanent strategic, geopolitical changes in our world.

Unless we are willing and able to make substantive changes to the taxation, costs and spending in these programs, Freedom day is going to get pushed further and further back every year.

BOTH parties and BOTH ideologies are guilty for the all the spending and the imbalanced tax system.

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LibertyMatters

Apr-19-13 10:48 AM

The article is exactly correct, following the policies after the Pelosi-Reid take over of Congress in 2007, and then the Obama Presidency in 2009, our freedom continues to diminish year after year. As alarming if not even more so is NewYorkState which is once again (and again, and..)one of the worst states in the country. To be exact, the 2nd worst as NYS has the 2nd longest time to tax freedom!!!

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225522

Apr-19-13 1:21 PM

Corporations DO pay taxes. Payroll taxes, tax on inventory, tax on good purchased, etc. However the worth of coporations is the jobs they create. Don't forget that many retirees need dividends to supplement their retirement account. PLEASE tell me the requirements for the person that can say: They make too much, They should pay more. There is plenty of waste in government spending. As an example your government paid to remodel Lawrence Welk's boyhood home. There are lots more if anyone researches the problem. Most of "They make too much" is class envy.

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Truthteller

Apr-19-13 5:44 PM

Anyone who thinks that corporations pay AT ALL, let alone what they did in the prosperous 50's, prosperous 60's, prosperous part of the 70's, is just plain wrong. There is a direct correlation between: corporations paying their share (Exxon Mobil and others DON'T now, and in fact get subsidies--Welfare, folks) and widespread prosperity. There is a direct correlation between government funding of projects and economic prosperity. There is an inverse relationship between the discrepancy between CEO and worker pay and workers' prosperity. It is corporations, not taxation, that are ruining this country. And don't yell at me for not providing dot-coms in a forum that doesn't make it easy. This data is everywhere and easy to find. Simple google search. I will rely on the intelligence you all say you have. When will you apologists for greed knock it off? You are the problem because you have let corporate interests--most recently through Citizens United--guide your thinking.

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Truthteller

Apr-19-13 5:46 PM

Read the 1956 Republican platform and then say you're still a conservative. Eisenhower looks more like a liberal than a conservative. Even that idiot Reagan looks liberal with his 60+% taxation, as opposed to the 371/2% you all complain about. You just let corporate interests make things worse and worse. The greatest threat to this country is the Tea Party. The second greatest threat is bigoted, corporocratic conservatism.

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PhilJulian

Apr-19-13 8:52 PM

Income taxes, be they corporate or individual, are fundamentally unfair. Corporations are put into a position where they can't compete with foreign competition so they close down or leave the country. Individuals are simply clobbered with income taxes, sales taxes, utility taxes, property taxes, taxes, taxes, taxes. So, what is a better answer? How about scrapping the whole system in favor of a national sales tax with exemptions for necessities? Let those who buy a million dollar yachet pay the big tax while those who buy a conoe pays a much smaller amount. Just imagine if we could eliminate the I.R.S.

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judeye

Apr-20-13 7:56 AM

DarkStar...I must have missed the vote where they increased taxes on those making more than $250,000 a year.

The other tax "increase" was letting the Bush tax cuts expire for those at the very top. Nothing more..or did I miss it?

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judeye

Apr-20-13 7:58 AM

225522..we are retired...and we... DO pay taxes on our dividends.

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judeye

Apr-20-13 7:59 AM

PhilJulian..you mean by paying NO taxes at all..is still too much????

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Steiner

Apr-20-13 8:34 AM

Its entitlements driving the budget deficit, not defense, folks. Entitlements are the very thing judeye, dc and the libs advocate. They have decided in their own minds how much people should pay. The 80's were boom years in stark contrast to carter. it is not the job of govt to tell everyone how much you can keep because of govt projects that the libs want funded. The libs are so confused on this they attack anyone who wants to keep their own money. They treat terrorists better as we cannot judge groups of people by certain few actions. The gun owners are not even treated this way. Hey libs did ya see that your socialist programss are failing all over the world.? are you that mentally challenged ? .

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whoseits

Apr-21-13 9:43 AM

HEY GANG; THE GOV'T IS SENDING EGYPT $250 MILLION FOR ECONOMIC AID AND NOW WE WILL SEND SYRIA REBELS A TOTAL OF $250 MILLION FOR HUMANATARIN AID SUCH AS NIGHT VISION GOGGLES,ARMOR PERSONEL CARRIERS AND THE LIKE .NOT FOOD NOT HOSPITAL SUPPLIES NOT MATERIAL FOR BUILDING SHELTERS.I SAY NO TO FOREIGN AID TO REBELS AND TO PEOPLE WHO WILL USE IT AGAINST US. THATS $500 MILLION THAT COULD BE USED IN THIS COUNTRY .THERE WOULD BE NO SEQUESTER NO MEDICARE AND NO SOCIAL SECURITY PROBLEMS.

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killers

Apr-24-13 9:53 AM

Truthteller should look at the correlation with the welfare state and the decline in economic prosperity. Also, the real danger to this country has been and continues to be the liberal / progressive agenda. All you have to open your eyes and look around and see what has happen. Facts are facts and try to spin it any other way is naive or being in denial to the facts.

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