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Posted 17 April 2019 - 10:49 AM

View PostAnBr, on 17 April 2019 - 09:36 AM, said:

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But, but, but ... I thought they were part of the 47% of the "takers' who didn't pay any taxes. Except for Social Security. And Medicare. And state/local income tax. And sales tax. And gas tax. And occupancy taxes. And school taxes. And occupational privilege taxes.

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 08:18 PM

You forgot property taxes. And by the time you take into account rent that goes towards the landlord's property taxes as well.
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Posted 18 April 2019 - 05:46 AM

View PostAnBr, on 17 April 2019 - 08:18 PM, said:

You forgot property taxes. And by the time you take into account rent that goes towards the landlord's property taxes as well.

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Posted 01 May 2019 - 04:40 PM

After 2018 set records for stock buybacks (Gee! Who could have predicted that the tax cuts would have gone there instead of investment?) it looks like Apple is ready for another round. There really doesn't seem to be an slackening and in fact they may be accelerating.

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IT companies are again on pace to spend the most on stock buybacks this year, as the total looks set to pass 2018's $1.085 trillion record total.

By the numbers: Companies so far have spent $272 billion on buybacks, data compiled by Mike Schoonover, COO of Catalyst Funds, for Axios shows.

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Apple is turning more of its tax cut into stock buybacks.

The iPhone maker on Tuesday announced that it would repurchase an additional $75 billion of its own shares. The announcement comes less than a year after Apple revealed a $100 billion buyback in May 2018. The company on both occasions also said it would increase its dividend.

Apple, as it turns out, is also a major beneficiary of the Republican tax cut bill passed in December 2017. Its effective tax rate fell to about 18 percent in 2018, thanks in large part, according to its annual report, to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Apple saved billions of dollars in taxes due to the legislation and was able to bring back some $250 billion in cash it had stashed overseas.

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Posted 09 May 2019 - 08:04 AM

An investigation confirms what we all knew; workers received crumbs while rich people received cakes. And the whole tax cut is deficit funded.

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The tax hike was sold to citizens as a move that would boost the economy, add jobs and hike wages. The president said in one speech that it would bring the average American household “around a $4,000 pay raise”.

Seizing on that, the Communications Workers of America, a 700,000-member union, asked eight major corporations to sign a pledge to hike worker wages by $4,000 a year if their tax rate was cut to 20%, the initial proposed rate. The companies balked and signed nothing.

Still, big business got what it wanted.

The bill signed into law by Trump on 22 December 2017 cut the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21%, the largest such rate cut in US history. “The most excited group out there are big CEOs,” said the White House economic adviser Gary Cohn as the measure was making its way through Congress in 2017.

But the fears of ordinary workers in regard to those promised higher wages were realized.

The bulk of the $150bn the tax cut put into the hands of corporations in 2018 went into shareholder dividends and stock buy-backs, both of which line the pockets of the 10% of Americans who own 84% of the stocks.

Just 6% of the tax savings was spent on workers, according to Just Capital, a not-for-profit that tracks the Russell 1000 index.

In the first three months after the bill passed, the average weekly paycheck rose by $6.21. That would be $233 a year.

One retirement expert, J Mark Iwry, said more of the cut should be reaching workers: “It would seem appropriate for employers to share their tax savings with their workers – for example, through new employer 401k plan contributions or wage increases.”

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 12:47 PM

The obvious, predictable, and predicted impact of Republican feed the rich policy.

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 04:16 PM

Wow, Republicans in Congress actually agreed to something that helps the average American with reforms of how the IRS collects debts. The bill also kills the agreement with the likes of TurboTax after they violated the agreement about providing free tax prep software for lower income people. (They provided it but hid it and had their website and people on the folks steer them to a pay version instead.)

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The Internal Revenue Service will stop sending private debt collectors after poor people with old tax debts thanks to a bill Congress passed this week.

The provision is part of a broader IRS reform that previously benefited tax preparation companies that trick people into paying for online tax filing when it’s supposed to be free.

Lawmakers scrapped the tax prep provision after a series of ProPublica stories exposed the industry’s dirty tricks. The new version of the bill passed both the House and Senate unanimously this week and is on its way to President Donald Trump’s desk.

Tax collection is one of the most basic functions of government, but since the 1990s lawmakers have dabbled in outsourcing this fundamental IRS task to private companies that are notorious for abusing consumers.

The Taxpayer First Act says that the IRS can’t refer old tax debts to private tax collectors if the taxpayer’s income is within 200 percent of the federal poverty line, meaning a four-person household with an annual income of less than $50,000 should be protected.

Nearly half of the taxpayers who have agreed to pay after being contacted by private collectors had incomes beneath 250 percent of the poverty line, according to the National Taxpayer Advocate, an IRS in-agency watchdog. Democrats originally wanted to set the threshold at that level but compromised at 200 percent.

The legislation is not a total victory for consumer advocates since the private debt collection program still exists. Mandi Matlock, a tax attorney who is of counsel to the National Consumer Law Center, said Congress should scrap it entirely.

“This whole program is a rank waste of taxpayer money,” Matlock said.

Past iterations of the private tax collection initiative cost the government more than the companies collected, and the current version, launched in 2017, is bringing in more revenue but has still proven to be less effective than the IRS itself at recovering unpaid taxes, the Taxpayer Advocate has said.

Republicans and Democrats alike hailed the bill for its provisions improving IRS customer service, while Democrats also emphasized the debt collector provision. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who co-sponsored the bill, said it would “shield low-income taxpayers from abusive private debt collectors.”


Of course Trump, who is doing everything in his power to help scam for-profit schools, is also trying to help out the debt collection industry.

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Debt collectors aren’t crying much about their treatment by the government during the Trump era, however, as a recent administration proposal would allow them to send debtors unlimited texts and emails.

Got that? If you have internet limits in your plan and pay for additional text and data then debt collectors can simply eat up your allocation each month. What's next? They get to make unlimited phone calls, get to call collect, and you're forced to pay the charges?
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Posted 09 July 2019 - 09:56 PM

A devastating analysis of the tax cut shows it’s done virtually no economic good

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You may remember all the glowing predictions made for the December 2017 tax cuts by congressional Republicans and the Trump administration: Wages would soar for the rank-and-file, corporate investments would surge, and the cuts would pay for themselves.

The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has just published a deep dive into the economic impact of the cuts in their first year, and emerges from the water with a different picture. The CRS finds that the cuts have had virtually no effect on wages, haven’t contributed to a surge in investment, and haven’t come close to paying for themselves. Nor have they delivered a cut to the average taxpayer.

The negligible (at best) economic impact of the cuts shouldn’t surprise anyone, the CRS says. “Much of the tax cut was directed at businesses and higher-income individuals who are less likely to spend,” its analysts write. “Fiscal stimulus is limited in an economy that is at or near full employment.”

There is no indication of a surge in wages in 2018 either compared to history or relative to GDP growth. Ordinary workers had very little growth.
-- Congressional Research Service


The CRS findings aren’t all that novel. The service, which is an arm of the Library of Congress, reports that the tax cuts contributed to a record-breaking surge in corporate stock buybacks, which has been documented by many other analyses. The continued stagnation of rank-and-file wages is visible in monthly data computed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Furthermore, the GOP’s claims that the tax cuts would create an economic nirvana were discounted by most qualified economic observers from the start. (“These statements,” the CRS says innocently, “were not supported by most of the published

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 06:28 AM

View PostLFC, on 14 June 2019 - 04:16 PM, said:

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Debt collectors aren’t crying much about their treatment by the government during the Trump era, however, as a recent administration proposal would allow them to send debtors unlimited texts and emails.

Got that? If you have internet limits in your plan and pay for additional text and data then debt collectors can simply eat up your allocation each month. What's next? They get to make unlimited phone calls, get to call collect, and you're forced to pay the charges?

Let me guess: they get a lot of leeway regarding who is a deadbeat, too. I've gotten an amazing number of calls supposedly from debt collectors based on "Maybe you're someone else and the records are hinky."
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Posted 10 July 2019 - 09:19 AM

View PostD. C. Sessions, on 10 July 2019 - 06:28 AM, said:



Let me guess: they get a lot of leeway regarding who is a deadbeat, too. I've gotten an amazing number of calls supposedly from debt collectors based on "Maybe you're someone else and the records are hinky."
They definitely have a fair amount of leeway regarding whom they can call in the effort to locate someone. Some years back, I was driven nearly crazy dealing with debt collectors looking for That Jerk, from whom I had been divorced for nearly a decade by then. At about the time those calls subsided, we got a rash of them looking for someone with the same (or same-sounding) last name, but who was no relation to us. All told, we had close to three years of dealing with these bottom-feeders.
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