“This is a complex and emotional topic. Facts of actual tax rates are often skewed to suit various political positions. Most often claims of favoritism for one class or another in taxation are claimed to gain votes when those claims are simply not true.” Look at the real tax rates for 2018.
Table 1. Tax Brackets and Rates, 2018
|Rate||For Unmarried Individuals, Taxable Income Over||For Married Individuals Filing Joint Returns, Taxable Income Over||For Heads of Households, Taxable Income Over|
This chart clearly shows that the ‘rich’ earning over $500,000.00 per year are taxed 27% higher than those only earning up to $9,000.00 per year. Source- https://taxfoundation.org/2018-tax-brackets/
State and federal inheritance taxes began after 1900, while the states (but not the federal government) began collecting sales taxes in the 1930s. The United States imposed income taxes briefly during the Civil War and the 1890s. In 1913, the 16th Amendment was ratified, permanently legalizing an income tax. That was 105 years ago!
Amendment XVI in the National Archives
Main article: Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
In response to the Supreme Court decision in the Pollock case, Congress proposed the Sixteenth Amendment, which was ratified in 1913, and which states:
“The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration”
The United States’ corporate tax rate was at its highest, 52.8 percent, in 1968 and 1969. The top rate was hiked last in 1993 to 35 percent. Under the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” of 2017, the rate adjusted to 21 percent.
Taxation without representation
“No taxation without representation” is a slogan originating during the 1700s that summarized a primary grievance of the American colonists in the Thirteen Colonies, which was one of the major causes of the American Revolution. In short, many in those colonies believed that, as they were not directly represented in the distant British Parliament, any laws it passed affecting the colonists (such as the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act) were illegal under the Bill of Rights 1689, and were a denial of their rights as Englishmen. (Wikipedia)
Today Congress passes taxation and spending laws without ever addressing YOU in the 2nd District of Arizona. They never ask you if you want to give millions of dollars of YOUR money to foreign countries that do not even support the U.S. in the United Nations. Countries that give nothing back to the U.S. in any way for those millions. They take our money without ever give anything in any way back. Congress continues to give millions of YOUR tax dollars for causes that only Congress feels are important to special interest groups having never asked YOU, the voter, if YOU agree. Basically once in Congress YOUR local representative does whatever their party tells them to do. NOT what YOU want!