A Maryland woman keeps very good records of the taxes her family pays. She got upset by Obama’s comment about paying our fair share. So, she tallied up the taxes. They approach 30% of the family’s income.
The hidden taxes are everywhere, she discovered.
“I just started looking through all of our receipts and tax filings from the past year and made columns for each,” she explained. The middle class Dundalk, MD, resident notes that she had to expand her list a number of times due to the hidden taxes she kept discovering. The average entry features a relatively small amount, sometimes only pennies, but it is all there. Gas taxes, state and federal taxes, special Maryland alcohol tax, cell phone taxes and “Bay Restoration Fees,” road tolls, mandatory union dues, and on and on.
Scanlon’s list grew and grew — and it’s growing and growing. It is now 18 columns wide.
What really rings her chimes is the phone bill.
“Telephone fees include: MD 911 fee, Federal Excise Tax, MD local tax, Federal Universal Service fee, MD Gross Receipts Tax surcharge, Telecommunications Access of MD fee, Federal Subscriber line charge, Md State sales tax, PEG Grant fee, Regulatory Recovery Fee – Federal, Video Franchise Fee.”
She expects that her tax bill will reach 30% of income by December 31.
“The government takes almost three times more than the church,” the devoted Presbyterian notes, “but the government dose not do even a fraction of the good that the church does.”
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