Viewpoints: Letters / Opinions
Beware of those proposing a state income tax.
March 30, 2019
Near one-half of federal income tax filers pay zero federal income taxes. So, if there’s a state income tax tied to the federal system, as there once was, near ½ the filers will pay zero state income taxes.
If we must have a state tax, one reason among many is that I prefer a consumption tax over a tax on earned income. If there is a state tax, every household should feel it.
According to published IRS data, actual income tax non-compliance (evasion) rates are above 16%. Those who don’t pay what they owe in taxes, ultimately shift the tax burden to those who properly meet their tax obligations.
According to a study by Richard J. Cebula, the estimated Gross Tax Gap for the period 2017 through 2026 is on a growth path to reach $9.17 trillion by the end of the period.
Let’s urge our law makers not to even think about a state income tax.
The text of this letter was NOT edited by the SitNews Editor.
Received March 28, 2019
- Published March 30, 2019
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