September 7, 2019

OpEd News: Another Cruel–Irony The Homeless Pay for their Homelessness

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A cursory look at the tax numbers blow the conservative’s tax mythmaking apart. A 2017 study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy found that the poorest of the poor, that’s those with annual income under $19,000 plop in more that 10 percent of the federal tax dollars. Toss in millions more to that total in California and states with a state income tax. Put bluntly, the poor pay a greater percent of whatever income they make then the wealthiest 1 percent.

That’s just for starters. If they earn a dollar from work at any point during a given year, they pay payroll taxes. If they put their foot on a car accelerator at any time, they pay gas taxes. If they buy a taxable consumer item, they pay sales tax. These are all taxes that go into the public tax coffers that supposedly are there to provide public services and goods and some accommodation for shelter at least in theory. Read more