Almost as certain as death and taxes is the public's feeling that the U.S. income tax system is not fair. An Ipsos Poll released this week found almost six of 10 people, 58 percent, say the system is unjust, a number that is virtually unchanged from two decades ago.
People think the middle class, the self-employed and small businesses pay too much in taxes, the poll found. And they think those with high incomes and big businesses don't pay enough. Read more.
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Here's what FOX Fans are saying:
"The tax system is unjust from any perspective. It's a lawyer's and accountant's dream, and a taxpayer's nightmare. It's been perverted from a way to operate our governmental programs to a methodology to redistribute wealth, and it doesn't work well for either purpose. Let's have a single tax rate for all taxpayers with no deductions whatsoever. The consequences of life's bad decisions will then be borne by the persons responsible for them and we all will pay the same percentage of our total income towards the operation of our government. Think of it! A tax return on a single piece of paper with a couple of basic mathematical calculations." — Phil (Rensselaer, NY)
"I would not say our tax system is fair to all. To have some pay more than their share to counter others shortcomings is not right. A flat rate should be implemented with no loopholes or deductions. Fix the corporate tax system that lets some weasel out of paying, and then we can start to talk about fairness." — Mark, SC
"I think that those who claim that the tax system in the U.S. is unfair are nuts. If they were to make a comparison to countries such as the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Western Europe, they’d see that the average U.S. citizen pays very little in tax and gets a lot of bang for their tax dollar. The simple fact is that if you look around it’s not as bad as it could be." — Anatoli
"I think our tax system is unjust. The rich and middle class pay more in taxes than the working poor. Unlike the working poor, who get huge tax breaks if they have two or more kids, the rich and middle class don't get any tax breaks. The working poor who choose not to have kids are penalized and they don't get a tax break. We need to completely overhaul the tax system and have a flat tax." — Virginia
"The spirit of the law is not unfair. Unfortunately, the wealthy are able to manipulate the system loopholes so that they can get away with paying less in income taxes than those making $100,000 or less." — Mike (Rockford, IL)
"Of course it is unjust. Everyone, and I mean everyone, should pay 10 percent of any income they receive. No deductions, no exemptions!" — Michael (Modesto, CA)
"It certainly is unfair to people who save for their old age. No one told us that we would lose or pay taxes on our Social Security if we saved money to use it later. The tax code rewards folks who have spent every dime they've ever earned and punishes people who've saved. We need change!" — V.H. (GA)
"Even though the president’s tax cuts are helpful, the U.S. tax system is vastly unfair to everyone, especially small businesses. Usually when you work for someone, they pay you. Theoretically, we work hard for a portion of the year so that we can pay the government for our hard work. The income tax needs to be abolished and a larger sales tax should be established. Jobs would boom because more people could afford to open their own business. The difference in revenue that the IRS takes in would be offset by all the illegal money that is never taxed except at point-of-sale." — Clint (Richmond, VA
"Either we have a democracy where the taxes are levied by how much total income we make, or we go socialistic and make the rich pay for everything. What do you want America? And what's the reward for working harder to earn more money? Unfair higher taxes?" — Jerry (Hampton, NH)
"Of course it's unfair! The wealthy have lawyers and accountants working the loopholes in the tax laws (which in some cases they wrote). Then guess who pays for their bills?" — Tom (Fairborn, OH)
"Yes, the system is unfair! Why not impose a national sales tax? Then the rich people who buy more, will pay more. Also, tourists and illegal aliens who do not pay income taxes will also be forced to contribute!" — Dawn (Clovis, CA)
"Taxpayers will always gripe about having to pay taxes, that is a fact! " — Sharon (Clovis, NM)
Unfair? It's not really that it's unfair, but that it is stupid. I cannot determine what they are asking most of the time. Let the truth be known, the creators of these tax rules do not know what they are doing." — ED
"I'm not sure if the system is unfair, but the people in the really high tax brackets can afford to hire people who can help them shelter or escape taxes. So, it is more than the tax system that is unfair." — Katherine
"I’m a teacher so I don’t earn much at all, but that is my choice! Why should someone else be taxed at a greater rate than me, just because they earn more money than I do? America was formed by people trying to escape punitive taxes, and yet we punish the successful by charging them more, even though they are much less likely to use the government services their taxes pay for." — Julie (Tallahassee, FL)
"I think a fixed tax should be considered. It would be like sales tax. With every dollar earned, a certain percentage would be paid in taxes. No more loopholes, no more unfair deductions. The ones who earn millions of dollars would pay their fair share. And, no more tax returns! Why are the rich so dead set against this? — Mary (GA)
"People parrot what they are told. The liberal media is constantly pushing the issue of the rich not paying their fair share. I wonder if the respondents know exactly what percentage of our tax burden is, in fact, shouldered by the rich. Furthermore, I would like to see the poll results for the following question: Who are the beneficiaries of our government-sponsored redistribution? — Patrice (Syracuse, NY)
"Without a doubt, our tax system is unjust. For one thing, it penalizes people for having the initiative to work hard and make money. Our current tax system should be completely overhauled to a flat tax system. Everyone, no matter how much their income is, should pay the same rate, a specific percentage, say, ten percent of their income, whether they make $10,000 a year or $1,000,000 a year, and there should be absolutely no deductions for anything." — Harold (Seattle, WA)
"It is time we got the Fair Tax, that is the only answer. You pay tax when you buy things. Then you can decide if you can afford them or not. No one gets away with not paying their fair share. Just think, no tax accountants, no tax prepares, no loopholes, no illegals ducking the taxes. The government should be jumping on it. It probably makes too much sense for them to consider." — Ruth (TX)
"I am very unhappy with the current tax system — that is how I feel. However, what I know is an entirely different thing. Like most Americans I don't know diddly squat about how our tax system works, and until the public educates itself about the system and how it works we will not even come to a compromise to make it work better. Knowledge is power, and when we are empowered on this issue we will be in a position to pressure our elected officials to change the system." — Joel (Oakland, CA)
"I don't think it's unfair, though it does bother me that I lose about $1200 of my monthly salary to taxes, never mind sales and property tax. Rich and poor both pay taxes, but of course it's going to bother the poor more than it will the rich." — Sara (CA)