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Old 11-19-2012, 06:36 PM   #1
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More Lies About Your Taxes...

In 1936, the US government began circulating a series of pamphlets to explain its brand new Social Security program, plus the associated taxes. Initially, the Social Security tax was set at 2%. The government promised it would rise to 3% in 1949, with no additional increases EVER:

“[F]inally, beginning in 1949. . . you and your employer will each pay 3 cents on each dollar you earn, up to $3,000 a year. That is the most you will ever pay.”

In 1949, the tax rose to 3% as scheduled. But it only took five years for the government to break its promise. The tax rose to 4% in 1954, 4.5% in 1957, 5% in 1959… and continued to rise for decades. On January 1st it will be 12.4%.

Politicians routinely make bold promises about tax policy... and they almost always end up being lies. Raising taxes, i.e. plundering the wealth of citizens, is one of the oldest tactics in the playbook for insolvent governments, and you can be 100% certain that your taxes will increase despite any promises to the contrary.

Perhaps most dangerously, politicians fail to understand that raising tax rates does NOT actually increase government tax revenue.

In the US, for example, government tax revenue has consistently been 17.7% of GDP since the end of World War II, plus/minus a very tight band. Similarly, the British government has consistently collected 35% of GDP in tax revenue.

Yet over the decades, tax rates have been all over the board... from 0% to over 90%! Plus variations in corporate profits tax, payroll tax, estate tax, capital gains tax, dividend tax, and (for the Brits) VAT.

Rates go up, rates go down... it doesn’t affect overall government tax revenue one bit. Despite the obvious facts, though, politicians keep raising tax rates.

On January 1, 2013, the US government will impose what my tax attorney calls the biggest tax increase in the history of the world. And some of the rate increases are simply extraordinary.

The estate tax exemption, for instance, is being slashed by EIGHTY PERCENT! And the amount that the Obama administration will tax the rest of your estate will increase to a whopping 55%!

Moreover, dividend tax rates are set to rise from 15% to as high as 43.4%. This affects not only US taxpayers, but everyone on the planet who invests in the US stock market.

Remember Finance 101– the price of a stock is theoretically the present value of discounted future cash flows. In English, this means that share prices should rise and fall based on the market’s expectations about future earnings… and over the long run, future dividends.

As a result of this tax policy, many investors who own shares in US companies will now see their after-tax dividends slashed by 33%. And since their investment returns are falling so dramatically, it stands to reason that the investments themselves become less valuable.

This is putting a lot of downward pressure on stock prices, affecting almost everyone who currently owns US shares– pension funds and retirement accounts, rich and middle class, US and non-US citizens alike. It’s as if the US government is hanging a sign over the country saying “PLEASE DO NOT INVEST HERE.” It’s genius.

This is the tip of the iceberg. Taxes will keep rising. Investment returns will be destroyed. Any incentive to start a business will be destroyed. Any benefit to your heirs for what you have worked your entire life to pass on will be destroyed.

All of this because a handful of morally bankrupt individuals who run financially bankrupt governments fail to understand simple truths about tax policy.

Bear this in mind over the next few weeks, because many new taxes will take effect on January 1st, and it’s imperative to take defensive action first. I strongly recommend consulting with your tax advisor as soon as possible.
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you can,t expect the liberal politicians to start telling the TRUTH, it would defeat the whole purpose of government and its control over your lives, and the obvious goal of getting you to work hard all you lives to make the politicians and their friends wealth, it might even get the stupid sheep upset! if they understood 1/10 of whats being done!
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you can,t expect the liberal politicians to start telling the TRUTH, it would defeat the whole purpose of government and its control over your lives, and the obvious goal of getting you to work hard all you lives to make the politicians and their friends wealth, it might even get the stupid sheep upset! if they understood 1/10 of whats being done!
The gub'ment education system makes damn sure the sheep will not understand anything past DWTS, American Idol and Paris Hilton sex tapes..
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True, the govt. won't keep a promise. Going back to Native American's, the govt made hundreds of promises, not 1 of which it kept. Since then, it's made hundreds of promises to those who came here voluntarily and those who were forced as well, and not 1 promise was kept. Just stands to reason that no promises made to folks to day would be kept either.

So far, I can't find a President who hasn't raised taxes. H.W. Bush eventually raised them, Reagan raised them..several times in fact. "Dub-ya", 1st term ok, 2nd,.. down the toilet. It will "pain" some of you here to learn that Mitt Romney admitted publicly that BO didn't raise taxes his term. Taxes will eventually go up, even if it's not a "formal" tax. Inflation itself is a tax,..isn't too bad now, but at some point, it's going to make a big jump.
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....."more lies about your taxes"....., what part
about taxes don't you understand.....,...taxes
have been and all ways will be moneys we give up so some
lame politicians can act like fat cats dolling out kickbacks
so they can play golf and travel and what nots......
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....."more lies about your taxes"....., what part
about taxes don't you understand.....,...taxes
have been and all ways will be moneys we give up so some
lame politicians can act like fat cats dolling out kickbacks
so they can play golf and travel and what nots......
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