Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:17 PM
grahamhgreen (15,669 posts)
Tax Avoidance On the Rise: Itís Twice the Amount of Social Security and Medicare
The wealthiest Americans save $3 trillion dollars a year through a system of subsidies and tax avoidance schemes, which totals three times more than our annual deficit. Thatís enough for a full-time job for every middle-class household in America. Here are the distressing details:
1. Tax Expenditures: $1.25 trillion
2. Tax Underpayments: $450 billion
3. Tax Havens: up to $250 billion
4. Corporate Taxes: $250 billion
For over 20 years, from 1987 to 2008, corporations paid an average of 22.5 percent in federal taxes. Since the recession, this has dropped to 10 percent ó even though their profits have doubled in less than ten years. The missing 12.5 percent on $2 trillion in profits amounts to $250 billion a year.
5. Financial Transaction Tax (FTT): $500 billion
6. Payroll Tax: $300 billion
This extremely regressive tax costs the richest Americans only a small fraction of what everyone else pays. If the 12.4 percent tax (half employer, half employee) were assessed on the full $3.84 trillion claimed by the richest 10 percent in 2006 (instead of on $1.43 trillion: $110,000 times 13 million payees), an additional $300 billion in revenue would have been realized.
7. Estate Tax: $100 billion
The total surpasses $3 trillion.
FULL POST: http://www.cagle.com/2013/01/tax-avoidance-on-the-rise-its-twice-the-amount-of-social-security-and-medicare/
Paul Buchheit is a college teacher, an active member of US Uncut Chicago, founder and developer of social justice and educational websites (UsAgainstGreed.org, PayUpNow.org, RappingHistory.org), and the editor and main author of ďAmerican Wars: Illusions and RealitiesĒ (Clarity Press). He can be reached at paul@UsAgainstGreed.org.
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DO NOT KICK AMERICANS WHO NEED HELP WHEN THEY ARE DOWN!
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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:41 PM
jody (26,624 posts)
1. Don't forget Internet sales taxes, $23 billion lost.
Currently, 46 states have sales and use taxes in statute and require individuals to report and pay them on 'untaxed' online purchases at year-end. In practice, this is done 0.3 percent of the time, leaving buyers exposed to potential audit issues and states shortchanged to the tune of $23 billion annually.