Greece: August sees billion euro uptick in unpaid taxes – “They will impose you a huge & unbearable tax but will not catch up” — Saint Kosmas Aetolos

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“I THOUGHT I WAS MIDDLE CLASS”

“Don’t believe what you hear on TV from paid for propagandists. You are going to get screwed so corporate fat cats can boost their profits even more.”

I THOUGHT I WAS MIDDLE CLASS:

“The best way to teach your kids about taxes is by eating 30% of their ice cream.” – Bill Murray

When I saw that slimy tentacle of the Goldman Sachs vampire squid, Gary Cohn, bloviating about Trump’s tax plan and how it was going to do wonders for the middle class, I knew I was probably going to get screwed again. And after perusing the outline of their plan, it is certain I will be getting it up the ass once again from my beloved government.

I know everyone’s tax situation is different, but I’m just a hard working middle aged white man with two kids in college and some hefty family medical expenses.

I’m already clobbered with Federal, State, City, and real estate taxes, along with huge toll taxes, sales taxes, gasoline taxes, utility taxes, phone taxes and probably a hundred more hidden taxes and fees.

I fucking hate taxes and want nothing more than to see them cut dramatically. I voted for Trump for the following reasons:

  1. He wasn’t that evil hateful shrew named Hillary Clinton
  2. He promised to repeal and replace Obamacare
  3. He promised to build the wall
  4. He promised to keep out Muslims
  5. He promised to reduce our military interventions around the world
  6. He promised to reduce my taxes

Well, one out of six ain’t bad. Right?

I know the Trump sycophants have a million reasons why he has been thwarted, but his pathetic support of the last GOP Obamacare lite bill reveals him to becoming just another establishment pawn. He has taken war mongering on behalf of the military industrial complex to a new level. No wall on the horizon. Now it is a figurative wall. And now he is disingenuously selling this tax bill as a huge windfall for the middle class, which is a lie based on my analysis of the known details. The truth is they need to screw the upper middle class in order to reduce corporate tax rates.

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How To Destroy An Economy – India’s New Tax System Is “Mind-Bogglingly Inane”

How To Destroy An Economy – India’s New Tax System Is “Mind-Bogglingly Inane”:

“…India’s new Goods and Services Tax is mind-bogglingly inane…Modi has been able to mesmerize voters to an extent that he can make even pain appear as something that is pleasurable and he has been able to conquer state after state and has an invincible aura about him now. Such acts always bring Goebbels to my mind.”

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Foxconn’s corporate welfare deal will cost Wisconsin taxpayers more than 3 billion dollars

Foxconn’s corporate welfare deal will cost Wisconsin taxpayers more than 3 billion dollars:

The recent trumpist trumpeting about the plans of Chinese manufacturer Foxconn to open a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin omitted a few key details — like the fact that Foxconn is being given a sweetheart tax-break that’s topped up with 15 years’ worth of guarantees of up to $200m/year in cash subsidies at taxpayer expense — a record-setting taxpayer subsidy that exceeds the previous Wisconsin record-holder by a factor of fifty.

The total bill for this incentive package that Wisconsin is giving the super-profitable Chinese manufacturer? Three billion dollars.

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Seattle Passes Measure To “Tax The Rich”; There’s Just One Problem…

Seattle Passes Measure To “Tax The Rich”; There’s Just One Problem…:

After passing a $15 minimum wage intended to help low-income workers in Seattle, economists at the University of Washington produced a rather extensive research report a few weeks ago highlighting how the legislation was actually doing the exact opposite as companies were simply choosing to automate menial tasks, move businesses out of Seattle in search of more attractive wages rates or simply cutting back on employees to offset increased labor costs (we covered the study here: Seattle Min Wage Hikes Crushing The Poor: 6,700 Jobs Lost, Annual Wages Down $1,500 – UofW Study).

Unhappy with their failed experiment, the Seattle City Council decided to pursue a more direct form of income redistribution: a massive income tax on the rich.

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Illinois Democrats In Senate Pass 33% Hike Of Personal And Corporate Income Taxes

Illinois Democrats In Senate Pass 33% Hike Of Personal And Corporate Income Taxes:

Senate Democrats in Illinois are pushing ahead with a new budget proposal that includes a massive personal and corporate income tax hike and an expansion of the state’s sales tax, after saying they are no longer willing to wait for a broader deal with Republicans.  In all, the package is expected to cost Illinois taxpayers an incremental $5 billion.

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Austria Has Found A Way To Tax Google Searches And Social Media Posts

“It’s always just raise more and more taxes without end.”


Austria Has Found A Way To Tax Google Searches And Social Media Posts:

Highlighting the difficulty both public and private establishments can have when it comes to adapting methods in the digital age, it was reported Monday that one government is now trying to tax search giant Google and social media companies.

From a report by Bloomberg:

“Austria is seeking ways to make digital services like Alphabet Inc.’s Google or Facebook Inc. pay taxes for transactions with the nation’s internet users, trying to plug gaps in a tax system still designed for brick-and-mortar business.

Continuing, Bloomberg explains something most people don’t stop to consider: how social media actually functions, and at no monetary cost to users:

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IRS Seized Millions of Dollars from Innocent Citizens Because It Was Easier Than Going After Crooks

IRS Seized Millions of Dollars from Innocent Citizens Because It Was Easier Than Going After Crooks:

The IRS seized millions dollars from innocent individuals and businesses because it was easier than targeting terrorists and drug dealers, a new report from the Treasury Department’s internal watchdog has revealed.

A report from Treasury’s Inspector General found that the IRS misused a law aimed at cracking down on organized crime and terrorism to target innocent individuals and businesses. Agents adopted a policy of seizing cash before investigating for other wrongdoing because it was just easier to seize the money of innocent people than hardened criminals and terrorists.

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Tax Code Complexity Now Costs U.S. Economy up to $1 Trillion Annually

Tax Code Complexity Now Costs U.S. Economy up to $1 Trillion Annually:

Source: Tax Revolution Institute

74,608 pages, 2.4 million words.

That is the present size of Title 26 of the U.S. Code, i.e. the “Internal Revenue Code.” One would think this would be nearly impossible for an enterprise wielding an army of tax experts to absorb, let alone the average taxpayer. However, it doesn’t stop there.

The IRS has added an additional 7.7 million words of tax regulations designed to clarify what the original 2.4 million words mean. You can’t make this stuff up. Add 60,000 pages of tax-related case law essential to accountants and tax lawyers, and the burden is revealed.

More than 10 million words with a hidden annual compliance cost of up to $1 trillion. This is what Title 26 of the U.S. code and the Federal Register is estimated to cost the United States economy each year.

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California Cities Weigh “Netflix Tax” For Online Video Streaming

California Cities Weigh “Netflix Tax” For Online Video Streaming:

Government is on the verge of completely destroying the economy all because those in power are incapable of managing even a bubblegum machine, rages Armstrong Economics’ Martin Armstrong.

Local cities are desperate for money as their own pensions moving closer to collapsing.

Instead of dealing with the problem, of course, they always choose to just tax the stupid people.

Pasadena city officials are considering whether to tax subscribers of Netflix, Hulu, and other video streaming services under an existing municipal utility tax code that was initially designed for taxing cable television users. Sacramento and dozens of other California cities have similar codes that they are looking to use to tax video streaming. As NYTimes reports,

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Time Urges 65 Million Americans Who Voted For Hillary Not To Pay Taxes

Time Urges 65 Million Americans Who Voted For Hillary Not To Pay Taxes:

Under the twisted premise of losing the popular vote and “no taxation without representation”, TIME’s Mark Weston proclaims that the approximately 65 million Democrats who voted for Hillary Clinton should pledge “we won’t pay taxes to the federal government… until democracy is restored.”

Because, It’s just not fair?

Twice in the past 16 years, a Republican candidate who finished second in the popular vote has won the presidency. This year, Donald Trump won the electoral vote with about 46% of the popular vote, while Hillary Clinton received about 48%. If the parties stay this evenly divided, another electoral mishap is more likely than not in the next 20 years.

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Hillary’s Huge Estate-Tax Hike

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Hillary’s Huge Estate-Tax Hike:

Hillary Clinton Proposes 65% Top Rate for Estate Tax” blared a headline in The Wall Street Journal. Since the current top statutory tax rate on estates is 40 percent, Clinton’s proposal is nothing if not audacious. I can’t recall Barack Obama, our most left-leaning president, ever calling for a 65 percent increase in tax rates for the rich.

Going after inheritances and estates is textbook Marxism. That is not an exaggeration. The third plank in Karl Marx’s 10-point platform for achieving socialism through democratic means — see his 1848 textbook to communism, The Communist Manifesto — was the abolition of inheritances. To repeat: it was point three in Marx’s 10-point plan.

Why They Love Estate Taxes

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New Study Finds Taxpayers Are Fleeing New York, Illinois and California

New Study Finds Taxpayers Are Fleeing New York, Illinois and California:

A new study, highlighted by the Albany Times Union, indicates that taxpayers are fleeing New York and California though we’re sure it has nothing to do with oppressively high costs of living and/or burdensome tax rates in those states.

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Yankees got nearly $500 million in federal tax subsidies

Yankees got nearly $500 million in federal tax subsidies:

No offense Yankees fans but this is just another reason to hate the Yankees.

Think about it. Red Sox fans helped pay for the Yankee’s new stadium.

(From The Washington Examiner)

Federal taxpayers subsidized the construction of the new Yankees Stadium to the tune of nearly half a billion dollars, according to a new study released Thursday.

The report, published by the nonprofit Brookings Institution, found that the New York Yankees, currently the fourth-place team in the American League East division, benefited from $492 billion in federal tax breaks for the loans used to build their stadium.

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Illinois Governor Furious After Pension Fund Cuts Returns Forecast, Sticking Taxpayers With “Crippling” Tax Hike

Illinois Governor Furious After Pension Fund Cuts Returns Forecast, Sticking Taxpayers With “Crippling” Tax Hike:

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was furious on Friday after unsuccessfully waging a last-minute battle to block the Teacher Retirement System pension fund from cutting its long-term return assumption from 7.5% to 7.0%, a move that puts the cash-strapped state government on the hook for up to $500 millions of dollars more in the short term.

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