- Business notebook: Cape salon picked as one of nation's top 200 (4/17/17)
- Man out on bond for alleged molestation of boys charged with abusing girl (4/18/17)
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- New policy for semissourian.com online commentary: No pseudonyms (4/17/17)59
- Without city record, Marie Street residents on hook for thousands in sewer repairs (4/19/17)7
- Going the distance: Several locals participate in Boston Marathon (4/18/17)2
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- Cape councilman Bob Fox to run for mayor (4/21/17)5
- Deputy: Man kicked, broke uncle's ribs after yard-work dispute (4/19/17)
- Scott County: M Kay Supply in Benton fills unique needs in community (4/14/17)
Tax cuts benefit all taxpayers
To the editor:
After reading a recent letter about tax cuts, I have to beg to differ with the conclusion that only the rich have gotten tax relief.
The writer said, "A married family filing jointly with a combined taxable income of $56,800 pays 25 percent" and went on with some non-income tax-related stuff on Social Security and Medicare. Actually, every dollar of taxable income above $56,800 is taxed at 25 percent. Income up to $14,000 is taxed at 10 percent. The rate from $14,000 to $56,800 is 15 percent.
In 2003, a married family filing jointly with a combined taxable income of $56,800 pays $7,820 in federal tax (calculated rate of 13.77 percent). In 2002, that same family would have paid $9,132 in federal tax (calculated rate of 16.08 percent). In 2000, that same family would have paid $10,203 (17.96 percent). After doing some other comparisons, it looks impossible for anyone paying federal income taxes to not have benefited from the tax cuts since 2001.