Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Tax Tuesday

Just a quick one today. How do people feel about a head tax? That is, a tax whereby the expenditures of the government are added up and divided by the population. Every citizen of the United States becomes liable for the same amount. The benefit is ease of application and a certain fairness. Everyone is equal in the eyes of the IRS. The detriment is that the poorer you are, the larger a burden you bear in terms of percentage of your income. To me, it seems the positives do not outweigh the negatives. Clearly this kind of tax would never fly politically in the U.S., but maybe it should. I don't like it, but it would make tax time less irritating. No complicated paperwork. Just cut your check.

3 Comments:

Anonymous nell said...

I don't like it... the rich should be punished for their unfair advantages, make them pay all the taxes.

2:50 PM  
Blogger warm fuzzy said...

sounds fishy. I don't like it.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Fishfrog said...

A per capita tax is widely regarded as the least fair system, especially according to this very American saying: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need." Those are wise words and a head tax is an unwise departure from them.

5:11 PM  

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