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Poppet
Likewise.
Fri May 15, 2009 9:19am
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Sales Taxes are, by their very nature, regressive. Even when exceptions are made for certain necessities like food and medicine, the overall effect is to collect a far greater portion of the income of people with less. An income tax can be made either flat or progressive, which is clearly more equitable.

What is your opinion of the VAT (value added tax) model commonly used in Europe?

  • I prefer income tax to sales tax.David F Mayer, Thu May 14 9:38pm
    Sales tax hits everybody. Income tax hits people only when they have income. Retirees, unemployed persons, etc, etc, would not pay any income taxes, but WOULD pay sales taxes. I say, pay it when you... more
    • Likewise. — Poppet, Fri May 15 9:19am
      • VAT = Universal Sales Tax at All Levels. It stinks.David F Mayer, Fri May 15 10:25am
        VAT is another example of how "liberal" Europe kisses the butts of the rich guys while taxing the hell out of the working classes. So are "Payroll Taxes". They are equally regressive, having a cap on ... more
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