Politicians look to raise taxes

Published 1:55 pm Monday, April 21, 2008

By Staff
Millions of American families scrambled to meet last week's tax-filing deadline lining up at their local post offices for the unwelcome annual ritual of filing income tax returns.
Meanwhile, from the grocery store to the gas pump, we have all been experiencing “sticker shock” as our cost of living continues to soar.
Incredibly, now is the time the Democratic majority in Congress is choosing to push through a budget conference report that will impose the largest tax increase in our nation's history - roughly $683 billion over five years.
The last thing struggling families need is Washington taking even more money out of their pockets. Many Americans are being forced to make tough decisions on how to carefully budget their hard-earned money, and they should expect no less from their leaders in Washington.
Instead, the House majority's plan is to spend more and tax even more. Under the Democrat tax plan, 116 million taxpayers would face an average tax hike of $1,833.
Working families would be hit especially hard. For example, a family of four with two children that currently earns $50,000 annually would have to pay an additional $2,155 in taxes under the Democrat plan. That would amount to a 191% increase in taxes.
The Democrat proposal would reinstate the marriage penalty, which would mean that some married couples will once again pay more in taxes than if they had filed separately as singles.
The Democrat tax plan would also cut the child tax credit in half from $1,000 to $500, reduce tax incentives for small businesses, and resurrect the death tax, which penalizes small businesses and family farmers for passing on the fruits of their hard work.
With so many families having to tighten their belts to make ends meet, it is wrong to force them to pay even more taxes.
In fact, this Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2008, marks the day Americans will have earned enough money to pay this year's tax obligations at the federal, state, and local levels.
According to the Tax Foundation, “Americans will work longer to pay for government (113 days) than they will for food, clothing and housing combined (108 days).”
As the cost of living and the rate of inflation continue to rise, it's critical for American families to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. It's just common sense.
As a reminder, the IRS will begin making payments beginning May 2. The two digits of your Social Security number and whether you opted for direct deposit into your financial account or a paper check will determine when you receive your payment.
Those who use direct deposit will be among the first to receive payments, and paper checks will go into the mail starting May 16.
Jo Bonner is a member of the house of representatives. He may be reached at his website at bonner.house.gov.