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Tax Reform

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Industry Observer with Paul D. Diaz, EA, MBA BK 602473

The United States tax system requires reform. A critical aspect of this reform is the need to lower marginal tax rates while ensuring more people participate in the tax system. This can be achieved by reducing the number of people who pay zero taxes and instead receive refundable tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

 

Currently, the marginal tax rate for the highest-income earners in the United States is 37%. This is one of the highest marginal tax rates in the developed world. This high marginal tax rate creates a disincentive for people to work and invest in the economy, leading to lower economic growth. Lowering the marginal tax rate would incentivize people to work and invest, increasing economic growth and job creation.

 

A high marginal tax rate creates an incentive for people to evade taxes, leading to a loss of revenue for the government. Lowering the marginal tax rate would reduce this incentive and increase compliance with the tax system. However, more than simply lowering the marginal tax rate is needed to ensure more people participate in the tax system. Many people in the United States pay zero taxes and receive refundable tax credits, such as the EITC. This creates a situation where many people are not paying into the system and instead receive government benefits. This is not sustainable in the long term, as it leads to a widening budget deficit and a growing national debt.

 

One solution to this problem is to reduce the number of people who pay zero taxes and receive refundable tax credits. This can be achieved by modifying the threshold at which the EITC phases out. This would ensure that more people are paying into the system while still assisting those who need it most. Additionally, by reducing the number of people not paying taxes, the government can reduce the cost of the EITC, making it more sustainable in the long term.

 

Additionally, Congress should consider implementing a flat tax system. A flat tax system is one where everyone pays the same tax rate, regardless of income. This would ensure that everyone is participating in the tax system while reducing the tax evasion incentive. A flat tax system would also make the tax system simpler and easier to understand, leading to increased compliance.

 

The United States needs to lower marginal tax rates while ensuring more people participate in the tax system. Lowering the marginal tax rate would incentivize people to work and invest, increasing economic growth and job creation. Reducing the number of people who pay zero taxes and receive refundable tax credits would ensure that more people are paying into the system while still assisting those who need it most. Implementing a flat tax system would also ensure that everyone is participating in the tax system and reduce the incentive for tax evasion. The government needs to consider these solutions to create a sustainable and fair tax system for the United States.

Comments (1)

Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

I believe every citizen should at least pay $100 of income taxes provided the person works. All these "freebies" are designed to secure votes at the expense of hard working, tax paying citizens. I read approximately 40% of all workers paid no income taxes. That is 100% wrong as these folks receive the same security protection and federal constitutional rights as those who pay income taxes.

Mar 05, 2023 06:45 PM
Paul D. Diaz, EA, MBA

57% did not pay taxes ... 43% are keeping this whole thing going.

Mar 06, 2023 08:30 AM