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Same Taxes, Different Conditions

In Economy on September 27, 2007 by Petr Bokuvka

In a tram last night, I overheard a conversation between two women, obviously mothers of first graders. They don’t even have a normal English teacher there. Just some guy who spent one year in the States during a high school exchange program. Why should I pay the same taxes as a parent whose kid is taught by a native speaker? one woman asked.

Good point, from a taxpayer’s point of view. Some taxpayers live in a street that hasn’t been repaired for decades but they pay the same automobile taxes. But— such complaints, just like the one the woman on the tram mentioned, could well be turned upside down by the government. Some people could start paying higher taxes because there is a police station in their street and thus the neighborhood is safer…

I wish the woman mentioned the need for flat income tax. I don’t see any reason why people who work their asses off to make a lot of money should have more of it deducted than anyone else who works less for less…

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