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Why do we need a Tax on Income in the US?

  1. bradmasterOCcal profile image29
    bradmasterOCcalposted 2 years ago

    Why do we need a Tax on Income in the US?

    Please don't explain the reason for taxes, but why do taxes have to be placed on income. The hardest hit group hit by income tax is the middle class. The rich can avoid or lessen their income tax by using the Internal Revenue Code. The poor don't pay taxes, and the middle class only has a few deductions left since the 1986 Tax Reform Act.

    Income tax discriminates, it is complex and changes every year, it doesn't allow the taxpayer to use their constitutional protection against self incrimination, or unreasonable search and seizure. The IRS has its own Tax Court.
    So why should Income be Taxed


  2. jravity1 profile image69
    jravity1posted 2 years ago

    I don't think it should. The only reason it does is so the government has money to draw from for things like roads and schools. I get what you mean though...why does it have to be taxed? The answer is simply because they can. Its the government, and no one will stop them.

    1. gmwilliams profile image83
      gmwilliamsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      EXACTLY, the IRS is its own institution.

  3. gmwilliams profile image83
    gmwilliamsposted 2 years ago


    You're absolutely right.  The middle class is savaged by taxes.  Taxes, taxes, MORE taxes.  It is a continuum.  We middle class people are sick of it!  There is the Treasury Department which has billions of dollars. C'mon now, such monies can go to roads, schools, & other things.  Also, there are the inane social programs such as welfare which is eating the taxes of the middle class.  No, income should be taxed, there are other avenues which to get revenues.  YES, I SAID IT!!!

    1. gmwilliams profile image83
      gmwilliamsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Meant the Federal Reserve, NOT the Treasury Department.

  4. tamarawilhite profile image92
    tamarawilhiteposted 2 years ago

    The current arrangement was set up to guarantee the government a regular source of income by taking money out of people's checks each week or month instead of waiting until each spring for an annual lump payment.
    It has become popular to use the income tax and tax breaks from it for social engineering, from "save for retirement THIS way" to "buy these types of products and you'll keep more money".

  5. lovemychris profile image66
    lovemychrisposted 2 years ago

    I have read that it was meant to be a tax on profit, not income. As you know, Jefferson was clear: labor is sacred, and to be considered higher than wealth. Since profit is a by product of labor, it is already shared sacrifice to tax that. But taxing what people need to get by is erroneous! AS USUAL, the robber barons must have held sway over everyone one, and the bogus tax system was put in place. And as years have progressed, they have added more and more benefits for themselves: trickle up-- resulting in the situation we are in now....where 62 people have more wealth than all the rest combined. Highway robbery? How about Grand Theft!!!!