- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)46
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)39
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Man accused of pointing BB gun at Chaffee resident (04/26/16)2
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.