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41 Federal Tax Facts: Voters Meekly Submit

Written by Gary North on April 17, 2012

It’s nice to see a list like this. It reminds us of the nature of government.

Compared to most of the industrial West, the USA is a tax haven.

The squeeze will not end until voters decide they have had enough. It has been over a century since the squeeze began. Most voters show few signs of learning.  They just ignore the following list. But there are signs in the USA that a realization is building that taxes are too high. I wish more people could see this list.

1 – The U.S. tax code is now 3.8 million words long.  If you took all of William Shakespeare’s works and collected them together, the entire collection would only be about 900,000 words long.

2 – According to the National Taxpayers Union, U.S. taxpayers spend more than 7.6 billion hours complying with federal tax requirements.  Imagine what our society would look like if all that time was spent on more economically profitable activities.

3 – 75 years ago, the instructions for Form 1040 were two pages long.  Today, they are 189 pages long.

4 – There have been 4,428 changes to the tax code over the last decade.  It is incredibly costly to change tax software, tax manuals and tax instruction booklets for all of those changes.

5 – According to the National Taxpayers Union, the IRS currently has 1,999 different publications, forms, and instruction sheets that you can download from the IRS website.

6 – Our tax system has become so complicated that it is almost impossible to file your taxes correctly.  For example, back in 1998 Money Magazine had 46 different tax professionals complete a tax return for a hypothetical household.  All 46 of them came up with a different result.

7 – In 2009, PC World had five of the most popular tax preparation software websites prepare a tax return for a hypothetical household.  All five of them came up with a different result.

8 – The IRS spends $2.45 for every $100 that it collects in taxes.

9 – According to The Tax Foundation, the average American has to work until April 17th just to pay federal, state, and local taxes.  Back in 1900, “Tax Freedom Day” came on January 22nd.

10 – When the U.S. government first implemented a personal income tax back in 1913, the vast majority of the population paid a rate of just 1 percent, and the highest marginal tax rate was just 7 percent.

11 – Residents of New Jersey pay $1.64 in taxes for every $1.00 of federal spending that they get back.

12 – The United States is the only nation on the planet that tries to tax citizens on what they earn in foreign countries.

13 – According to Forbes, the 400 highest earning Americans pay an average federal income tax rate of just 18 percent.

14 – Warren Buffett had an effective tax rate of just 17.4 percent for 2010.

15 – The top 20 percent of all income earners in the United States pay approximately 86 percent of all federal income taxes.

16 – Sadly, as Bill Whittle has shown, you could take every single penny that every American earns above $250,000 and it would only fund about 38 percent of the federal budget.

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23 thoughts on “41 Federal Tax Facts: Voters Meekly Submit

  1. It is PAST TIME for a complete revamping of our tax system, whether it be a Flat Tax or a Fair Tax system. Wake up America !

  2. Victor Barney says:

    If you're talking about a completion of the current Marxist(Anti-Christ by very definition) takeover of U.S. then you're see a complete Marxist Takeover by the day of the next election in November. I say that because 70% of our population are gatherers, who love to receive presents from others(I'm talking about women, primarity from their nurturing biology and blacks, a combination of nurture & their biology). However, it's a "shoe-in" when the two-witnesses of Revelation, chapter 11 enter onto the scene this coming September 16, 2012 on the Annual Feast of Trumpets(war). By the way, who do YOU think that it will be that will give themselves "presents" after the Anti-Christ(MARXIST-OVER U.S.) has them murdered? You do know that THEY WILL automatically miss the 1,000 coming reign with the return of our HEBREW and JEWISH MESSIAH, right? Just saying…WATCH!

  3. natSgniK says:

    When are all of you gonna understand that it will never change wihtout an armed revolt. They will never give up the power they have given themselves willingly nor easily. They steal from us at gunpoint to live like kings and queens and to waste our hard earned money like drunken sailors on leave in singapore. They do not understand hardwork, because they have never had to work hard for what they have or have gotten, after all they are government employees. They look down on us like cattle, which unfortunately so many of us are. Its no longer a government for the people by the people. They are not up their to serve us, but to make us serve them. Open your eyes people, quit being cattle being led to the slaughter, WAKE THE HELL UP ALREADY!!! Nuff Said

  4. F T Gordon says:

    What is the current tax system? Answer: The same tax system we have had since 1787 when The Framers finished making The US Constitution! See Article one Sections two and nine of our Constitution and you have the entire real taxation laws for the USA. They are still in effect. Read "Cracking The Code The Fascinating Truth about Taxation in America". Go to http://www.losthorizons.com and read and watch the five pages there. Also read what attorneys are saying about Mr Hendrickson's book. Then buy the book and read the truth about taxation. When reading The Constitution, note that DIRECT TAXES refer to taxes on people, their labor and their property. That means property taxes, taxes on people and their labor are illegal unless proportioned among the States.

  5. cannon12pdr says:

    How about NO TAX SYSTEM. Repeal the 16th amendment. Repeal the 17th amendment. Add an amendment to limit Congress's taxing authority to import and export duties only (no fees or hidden taxes) and that amount limited to 3.5 percent of GDP max.

  6. How did "Tax Freedom Day" occur on January 22, 1900…the federal income tax wasn't around then.

  7. JoJo, there are other taxes than Federal Income Tax.
    With the increase next year Tax Freedom Day will be April 28

    Like these;
    1. Ad Valorem Tax
    2. Background Check Fee
    3. Building Permit Tax
    4. Carry Permit Fee
    5. Commercial Driver’s License Tax
    6. Cigarette Tax
    7. Corporate Income Tax
    8. Dog License Tax
    9. Excise Taxes
    10. Federal Income Tax
    11. Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
    12. Firearm Transfer Tax
    13. Fishing License Tax
    14. Food License Tax
    15. Fuel Permit Tax
    16. Funeral service tax
    17. Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
    18. Gross Receipts Tax
    19. Home Sale Tax
    20. Hotel/Motel Tax
    21. Hunting License Tax
    22. Inheritance Tax
    23. Inventory Tax
    24. Liquor Tax
    25. Luxury Taxes
    26. Marriage License Tax
    27. Medical devise taxes
    28. Medicare Tax
    29. Pension Windfall Tax
    30. Personal Property Tax
    31. Property Tax
    32. Real Estate Tax
    33. Recreational Vehicle Tax
    34. Rental Car Tax
    35. Road Usage Tax
    36. Service Charge Tax
    37. Social Security Tax
    38. Sales Tax
    39. School Tax
    40. State Income Tax
    41. State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
    42. Storm water removal tax.
    43. Tanning tax
    44. Telephone Federal Excise Tax
    45. Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
    46. Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
    47. Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
    48.Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
    49. Telephone State and Local Tax
    50. Telephone Usage Charge Tax
    51.Theater tax
    52. Utility Taxes
    53. Vehicle License Registration Tax
    54. Vehicle Sales Tax
    55. Watercraft Registration Tax
    56. Well Permit Tax
    57. Workers Compensation Tax
    58. Capital gains tax

  8. Please stop posting these nonsensical messages.

  9. I think you have rocks for brains. Women and blacks, because of their alleged 'nurturing biology', are the leeches in society? Let me clue you in, Mr Barney, if MEN would take care of THEIR responsibilities, women would certainly not be in the fix they're in financially. Women get blamed for every illegitimate child born, but when they try to seek an abortion, people like you step in and say then can't 'murder' their unborn. As for a person's racial component, it matters not what group they are from, there are dredges in every one of them. I think you ought to take a few lessons from your Bible and see how Christ treated women and ALL races—I certainly did not see Him separate and categorize them as something less than human. Shame on you for spouting bigotry.

  10. Not all government workers fit the desctiption you gave. May we safely assume you are actially speaking of elected and appointed officials? Meaning, of course congressional members, the current president and vice president, cabinet members, agency heads, and the illustrious czars that are hanging onto the coattails of the dictator in the Oval Office? The ordinary citizen who works in government does not enjoy the things you speak of and many work at slave wages.

  11. BGinTN: Your listing is impressive and correct; however, we did not pay such taxes in 1900. The Federal Income Tax did not begin until 1913; I do believe that the property tax has been on the books since the United States became a Republic as the Constitution does provide that only congress can levy any taxes.

  12. At one time the wages of government employes was lower than the "ordinary citizen" to make them look for work in the private sector. I bet if we required our representives to live by the law' they pass things would change. They also must be tried if they commit treason,ie: not upholding the Constitution as people in the military are.

  13. you first!

  14. Not all of us have "meekly submitted". I've known about the lie behind the income tax since the early 90's, have tried to educate coworkers and family since then. Spent years in federal court battling the government over the issue, along the way bringing to the judge's attention evidence of massive perjury, forgery and fraud on the part of IRS agents. The judge quashed all my motions, found for the government and sanctioned me. It almost destroyed my marriage, family and has made me a permanent pariah amongst family and "friends", who now regard me as a crank and "tax protestor". I was never "protesting" anything; I want the government to not commit criminal acts. The truth about the income tax is a lot like the real perpetrators of 911: most Americans don't want to know.

  15. CJM, correct to a point. The reason for the list was to show that not all taxes are Federal. The States and locals had taxes before 1913. Even some States had a form of income tax. And today we pay a whole list of taxes, fees, tariffs taxes on taxes etc

  16. JayMarie says:

    And here is a clue for you: Men DO NOT get pregnant. Men DO NOT have abortions. If the woman isn't married or does NOT want to have children then DO NOT HAVE SEX! It is a really simple solution to eliminate infanticide.

  17. To Victor Barney: I resent your statement about women being "gatherers". Yes, I hope I "nurtured" my children; however, I have been employed and paid my share of taxes and have had no hand outs except from what I put into the system. Yes, our tax system is wacky, but don't put the blame on women. If that isn't what you meant, please forgive my "resentment".

  18. Hookers, drug dealers, welfare rats, many politicians and the rest of this country's scum pay no income tax. I just sent in a huge check. This country is fu__ked!!

  19. Most Blacks' ancestors did not come to this country with the expectation that they would be gathering anything more that lash marks on their backs.

    Most Blacks have White ancestors, though, so you may have a point….

  20. It does take 2 to tango so therefore the male is just as much to blame as the female. When you pint a finger, 3 more are pointing back at you.

  21. EdgarSwank says:

    You are incorrect in one statement, "12 – The United States is the only nation on the planet that tries to tax citizens on what they earn in foreign countries." The Philippines also taxes foreign income of its residents. See


    Resident citizens of the Philippines are taxed on all their net income derived from sources within and without the Philippines.

    Sending cheap labor abroad is a major industry there.

  22. sean murry says:

    In other words we are taxed too much.

  23. NOT just the tax system — What is needed to change is the entire government. Origianlly, serving the federal government was done voluntary basis. This means it was an honor to serve in Washington, DC. Now its all about how much $$$ can be $ucked up from the working men & women.