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July 11, 2007

Massive tax increases in our future?

by Jason Pye

Our entitlements are catching up to us:

Sen. Judd Gregg released (pdf) a Congressional Budget Office study (pdf) yesterday that attempts to quantify the tax rates needed to pay for the spending increases projected in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

Average taxpayers would typically pay marginal federal income tax rates in the 30s, much higher than the 15% seen today. And that’s before payroll taxes of 15.3% and state and local income taxes that would boost many into tax rate brackets of over 50%.

CBO also notes that “the highest bracket would have to be raised from 35 percent to 92 percent. The top corporate income tax rate would also increase from 35 percent to 92 percent.”

The agency concludes “Such tax rates would significantly reduce economic activity and would create serious problems with tax avoidance and tax evasion. Revenues could fall significantly short of the amount needed to finance the growth of spending, and thus tax rates at this level may not be economically feasible.”

Yet, there are candidates running for President and other federal offices that want to increase entitlement spending as well as introduce new entitlements, in the form of socialized medicine. We cannot continue our current course without increasing taxes so much that it would bring economic development, which is brought about by lower taxes and less government regulation and spending, to a screeching halt.

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2 Comments

  1. [...] Pye at the always-excellent Liberty Papers points to near-certain tax increases arising from existing entitlement spending. His angle, and it’s a highly defensible one, is [...]

    Pingback by The Crossed Pond » Entitlements and health care reform — July 11, 2007 @ 6:06 pm
  2. Only one comment on a study saying that the average tax rate would have to more than double and the highest tax rate would have to go to 92% to just pay for the status quo. Let’s bring on universal gov’t health insurance so that every tax rate has to go to 100% to pay for it. Maybe we will take our eyes off of Paris Hilton or American Idol just long enough to find out we will have nothing left. Nah, what am I thinking. They will have to ban Paris Hilton and American Idol from the media before we notice anything. I guess we are sheep.

    We are hosed if we don’t elect Ron Paul.

    Comment by TerryP — July 12, 2007 @ 4:50 pm

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