Tag: Federal Income Tax

Tax Law is created by Congress, not by the IRS

Just sitting here and reading some social media posts makes me laugh when I read about, “Oh you should go after the IRS…  It is the IRS’ fault… IRS this… IRS that…”

Stop just a few minutes here and think about it.   Who creates tax laws?  Who then votes certain bills to make such a tax become a law?   IT is Congress itself.  Not the IRS. The IRS has to “enforce” the tax laws passed by such Congress in order to collect the taxes THAT CONGRESS created and voted for and therefore passed to become a law – that then affects the local US Citizens.

It is very similar in comparison to judges and even supreme court justices… local, state and federal officials create(s) and pass(es) laws… Then it is up to the people in law enforcement (local police, Sheriffs, lawyers, judges, supreme court judges, etc.) to interpret and apply such law to each individual case.

Oh, but of course – the regular citizen, regular folks don’t even seem to bother to understand the above. And just attack the people who are trying to enforce the laws (again I say) created by and passed by “elected officials”.

Here is where I want to visually show everyone what our current Federal Income Tax System looks like when we pay our file and pay our taxes every April 15th (each year). Courtesy of Nerdwallet.

2021-2022 Tax Brackets and Federal Income Tax Rates:

I want to refer back to my previous blog simply explaining the “Laffer Curve”. This blog was posted back on January 11, 2021.

Tax Rates – The Laffer Curve

Our current Federal Tax system is a progressive tax system just by looking at the tax rates above from Nerd Wallet. They basically took it directly from the IRS website and obviously is confirmed by Congress. It looks complicated, right? Because Congress made it complicated.

Again, Congress has made these tax laws.

I mean if you want another source here’s the tax rate table / tax schedule from T. Rowe Price…

IRS Tax Rate Schedules – T.Rowe Price

The Federal Income tax was made via the 16th amendment back in 1913 – “Passed by Congress on July 2, 1909, and ratified February 3, 1913, the 16th amendment established Congress’s right to impose a Federal income tax.

We all pay taxes one way or another… Whether it be through sales taxes, property taxes, estate taxes, federal income taxes, local taxes, state income taxes… That would be another whole discussion topic on it’s own – a Pandora’s box if you will.

Here’s my questions to you:

1 – Since we all pay taxes (one way shape or form) would you still want a ‘progressive federal income tax’ or a ‘flat tax’?

2 – Again, is it the IRS’ fault that our tax system is the way it is or is it Congress who made the actual laws for these taxes?

Visually here’s what a flat tax would look like versus the other Federal Income Tax table I showed to you, up above.

Biden’s Tax Plan Roadmap

So Bureau of National Affairs has put out the President’s road map of his tax plan. I’ve included the actual PDF in here for everyone’s viewing. I do have to make note of some items that caught my eye…

Here’s another portion of the Individual Taxes

To compare the SALT limitations – So in simpler terms (how I interpret) the SALT cap that is currently in place and maxed at $10,000 (under the Trump Administration). This $10,000 is the TOTAL allowed deduction for state and local taxes (SALT acronym) PLUS your property taxes on your primary residence/home. To help visualize the $10,000 deduction – this amount is reported on a Schedule A – “Itemized Deductions” if you are claiming these types of deductions when you file your Form 1040 each year. This form is to report your property taxes paid on your primary house, state and local taxes paid, mortgage interest, donations to charity, etc. etc.

Even if you paid $20,000 in property taxes, for example here, you’re limited to deducting only $10,000 based on the
SALT CAP.

Now since President Biden is wanting to eliminate the SALT cap – removing this $10,000 maximum amount. Who does this deduction benefit more, now? If you now can deduct more than $10,000, for this simple example? People who have the ability to own large properties or a primary residence AND a secondary residence? Some things for all of us to think about.

Here’s another TAX that caught my eye – it’s the “Transaction Tax” for buying OR selling stocks, bonds and/or derivatives:

Why I ask? Granted if you sell a stock at a gain, you will pay a tax on that gain (the tax paid will depend on the stock being a long term held stock or short term held stock). But if you sell a stock at a loss – similar to a loss in a business – you DO NOT pay a tax because you lost money essentially in that stock. However, President Biden supports this “transaction tax” whether you buy or sell a stock, bond or derivatives of stocks, etc. AGAIN – Why??

And the other one that caught my eye was the Corporate Tax increase and possible “Carbon Tax”:

So I just wanted to share this out there to everyone if you’re not aware of what President Biden may do for future taxes. Again, the PDF of his entire tax road map is included in the link at the beginning of this blog.

This adds on to my previous blog: President Biden’s Economic Policies