March 27, 2007

If You Think the Government Isn’t Getting Enough, Voluntarily Pay More

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:12 am

And if you do, you will have done something Howie Carr believes no politician in Massachusetts (or almost anyone else, for that matter; HT Jay Tea at Wizbang) has done with his or her state income taxes:

The official state income-tax rate now is 5.3 percent, but there is an option for concerned moonbats – they can check off a box on the form to pay voluntarily at the old 5.85 percent rate.

Here’s how the optional tax came about: In 2000, voters cut the state income-tax rate to 5 percent in a 59 percent to 41 percent landslide. The convicted-felon speaker, Tommy Taxes (that would be former Massachusetts House Speaker Tom Finneran, convicted in early January of obstruction of justice — Ed.), refused to abide by the voters’ mandate and froze the reduction at 5.3 percent.

But the Citizens for Limited Taxation (CLT) proposed an optional higher rate, so that those million or so voters who wanted to keep their taxes way up there would have the opportunity to walk the walk, in addition to talking the talk. For some reason, Tommy Taxes went along with the gag.

Alas, and try not to let this destroy your faith in the sincerity of the moonbat and hack communities, almost no one is ponying up.

Here are the latest numbers, obtained yesterday from the state Department of Revenue.

So far this tax season, 1.54 million people have filed their state returns. Of those 1.54 million, all of 424 people have opted to pay at the higher, voluntary rate.

Don’t expect the tax-hikers in other states to get caught flat-footed like Tommy Taxes did.

I’m also waiting to hear from the editorial board of the Toledo Blade, which complained bitterly last year when Bob Taft, within his legal discretion, lowered individual income taxes rates in Ohio because of the state’s budget surplus. The Blade board opposed the reduction, so I’m “assuming” that they’re paying in extra this year (wanna bet?). After all, it was only a “Two-Bit Tax Cut” (my related post).

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UPDATE: An e-mailer sent me this link to the Americans for Tax Reform’s “Tax Me More” project. Nice job folks:

In policy debates, fiscally conservative state lawmakers often hear their tax-and-spend counterparts argue that they do not pay enough in taxes. Creating a Tax Me More Fund allows lawmakers to challenge big spenders to “walk the walk” by sending more of their money to the government.

Six states currently have voluntary contribution accounts, or Tax Me More Funds, which serve as useful tools to highlight hypocrisy in budget debates.

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