“How Much Does an A-list Actor Make… and Spend?”
While we’re out there campaigning for everyone to pay their fair share of taxes, let us not forget that our dear friends in Tinseltown often live in their own tax-sheltered Nirvanas.
Think about that the next time you allow a celebrity of any political stripe urge you to vote on anything. And talk a look at the graphic in this superb Vulture post.
“As I tried to do as governor of Utah, I wanted to make our state a safe haven for the attraction of capital. That’s going to take tax reform. It’s going to take a look at our regulatory regime. It’s going to take a look at the repatriation of overseas profits, giving them an opportunity to come home for reinvestment purposes. It’s going to take a widespread effort with all the states in America, all the governors, state legislatures, to begin to retool ourselves in the form of job training and vocational skill development. We used to do that very well in the old days, but we’ve lost our connection with it. That’s got to be a critically important part of preparing for whatever manufacturing renaissance is on the horizon.”
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
“Winning a gold medal brings a $9,000 tax bill”
August 1, 2012
I have to take exception to the position of my fellow Republican Marco Rubio. Our problem in America is that we have so many exemptions from taxes that our tax code is hopelessly complex and difficult to enforce. If the working stiffs who loaded the plane that sent our Olympians to London had to pay taxes on their earnings, why should the Olympians be exempt?
The payment of taxes is a responsibility of citizenship, and if we believe in the concept of equal treatment under the law, we must not make such exemptions.
Being an Olympian makes you a hero, not less of a citizen. Let the Olympians pay their taxes.
Taxes (Photo credit: Tax Credits)
Who ‘Owns’ The Bush Tax Cuts? : It’s All Politics : NPR.
All this debate over who gets credit for the “Bush Tax Cuts” is deck-chair rearrangement. The real issue is that the tax system is broken, and that in order to fix it we have to return to a debate about the fundamentals of government finance: what should be paid for and who should be paying for it.
Ours is not the only system of taxes in the world, and many things have changed since the country decided to tax incomes in 1913.
Next year wil be the 100th anniversary of the permanent income tax. Is it not time for us to re-examine the assumptions under which it was imposed, and begin to consider alternative tax constructs?
Worst case scenario: even if we wind up back where we started, we will have at least reminded the American public that while our system of government finance is not ideal, it is the best choice available given our national circumstances.
Best case scenario: we make everything a whole lot simpler, and we improve the implicit equity of the system so we don’t have to make taxes a constant political football.