Taxes in America

Posted by on 20 May 2022 | Tagged as: blog

Taxes in America
Colonial times:
Due to parliament’s taxations on tea, such as the stamp act and the 25% importation tax, the British East India Company was unable to make their tea sales impervious to competition. The colonists could purchase tea from the Dutch for 2 shillings 2 pence a pound and then smuggle it into the colonies for only 3 shillings per pound of tea.
What taxes did the Tea Act impose on the colonists?
The passing of the Tea Act imposed no new taxes on the American colonies. The tax on tea had existed since the passing of the 1767 Townshend Revenue Act. Along with tea, the Townshend Revenue Act also taxed glass, lead, oil, paint, and paper.
Colonial legislatures gave locally produced crops (cereals, corn, tobacco, rice) official value for payment of taxes. Other lawful commodities included beaver skins, cattle, and wampum (black shells were valued at double the rate of white). Milk pails were accepted as tax payments in the town of Hingham.
The Colonial Roots of American Taxation, 1607-1700. For administrative simplicity, the tax was often combined with the country rate. Although the modern income tax dates from the adoption of the Sixteenth Amendment in 1913, an income-like tax, known as a “faculty” tax, appeared very early in the New England colonies.
The Tea Act, passed by Parliament on May 10, 1773, granted the British East India Company Tea a monopoly on tea sales in the American colonies. This was what ultimately compelled a group of Sons of Liberty members on the night of December 16, 1773 to disguise themselves as Mohawk Indians, board three ships moored in Boston Harbor, and destroy over 92,000 pounds of tea. The Tea Act was the final straw in a series of unpopular policies and taxes imposed by Britain on her American colonies. The policy ignited a “powder keg” of opposition and resentment among American colonists and was the catalyst of the Boston Tea Party. The passing of the Tea Act imposed no new taxes on the American colonies. The tax on tea had existed since the passing of the 1767 Townshend Revenue Act. Along with tea, the Townshend Revenue Act also taxed glass, lead, oil, paint, and paper. Due to boycotts and protests, the Townshend Revenue Act’s taxes were repealed on all commodities except tea in 1770. The tea tax was kept in order to maintain Parliament’s right to tax the colonies. The Tea Act was not intended to anger American colonists, instead it was meant to be a bailout policy to get the British East India Company out of debt. The British East India Company was suffering from massive amounts of debts incurred primarily from annual contractual payments due to the British government totaling £400,000 per year. Additionally, the British East India Company was suffering financially as a result of unstable political and economic issues in India, and European markets were weak due to debts from the French and Indian War among other things. Besides the tax on tea which had been in place since 1767, what fundamentally angered the American colonists about the Tea Act was the British East India Company’s government sanctioned monopoly on tea. (Or just passing the tax along to the consumer.)

How many taxes are there in the United States in 2022?
There are seven federal income tax rates in 2022: 10 percent, 12 percent, 22 percent, 24 percent, 32 percent, 35 percent, and 37 percent. The top marginal income tax rate of 37 percent will hit taxpayers with taxable income above $539,900 for single filers and above $647,850 for married couples filing jointly.
Property tax on real estate, motor vehicles, boats, etc. (Not payable by commodities but money.)
The United States federal excise tax on gasoline is 18.4 cents per gallon and 24.4 cents per gallon for diesel fuel. The federal tax was last raised October 1, 1993 and is not indexed to inflation, plus in some places added state and city fuel taxes.
Sales Tax: Paid by consumer
( In Utah: The state sales tax rate in Utah is 4.850%. With local taxes, the total sales tax rate is between 6.100% and 9.050%. Utah has recent rate changes (Thu Jul 01 2021).
3 % on food.
Taxable services performed in Utah are subject to Utah sales and use tax even if the service is performed on goods later shipped to another state. business purposes, for the time period need to transport it to the borders.
On phone, gas, electric usage.
Vehicle registration tax
Road tax, weight tax for trucks
Inventory tax
Business license tax, corporate tax,
Shipping and handling taxes
Permit taxes for building, hunting, fishing, water usage by homeowners, irrigation companies, licenses for weddings, passports, etc.
County and municipal taxes on property, services, permits.
Fee taxes to visit a national or state park.
Gift tax for both parties.
Employee taxes.
FICA tax.
Special taxes to pay for special items of government: ie. garbage collection, sewer usage, future road and storm drain construction, water conservancy districts, library boards, school boards, mosquito abatement, weed control, etc.
Death tax, inheritance tax,
Licenses to own a dog or in some places a cat.
Luxury tax.
Extra tax on commodities like alcohol, tobacco, firearms,
All paid by consumers or producers.
Would those people from 1776 rebel today?

Hillsdale College comes to St. George

Posted by on 14 May 2021 | Tagged as: blog

Hillsdale College comes to St. George
May 13, 2021, Hillsdale college of Michigan sent emissaries to St. George,Utah.
People from St. George, Ivins, Hurricane, Santa Clara, Cedar City attended a Hillsdale College Symposium at the beautiful Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club.
They learned about Hillsdale College and it’s mission to teach the principles and heritage of this great country, the United States of America, to give “an education designed to equip human beings for self government”.
Howard Kaloogian the national planned giving associate at Hillsdale college, (lawyer, former California State assemblyman, and adjunct professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law) taught how to bypass capital gains taxes, turn real estate into a lifetime income, and tax saving ways to distribute IRA and other assets into one’s estate by giving to the college.
Then after a luncheon provided under a canopy on the lawn, Dr. Khalil Habib, associate professor of politics, addressed those attending with what one man called, “The best speech I’ve heard in 50 years.”
As a naturalized citizen who came here from Lebanon, Habib understands what it is like to lose everything to oppressive government and war and why the American way is the best way for peace and happiness in the world.
John Cervini, Jr., Vice President for Institutional Advancement was also in attendance and spoke briefly. Along with a staff who were very kind and accommodating to the attendees.
Hillsdale College has an outreach program in online courses, K to 12 charter schools nationwide, and their free publication “IMPRIMIS” that reaches over 5,600,000 readers monthly and is ever growing in circulation. That little magazine talks about truth and current affairs and the proper role of government in the American tradition.

Hillsdale College is striving to teach everyone the truths about our constitutional government.

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Talking about the theft of taxes and making sense

Posted by on 09 May 2013 | Tagged as: blog

Talking about  the theft of taxes and making sense of any of it.

It doesn’t make sense to tax producers for those who don’t produce, namely government.

And then the tax laws get stupider with each passing day.

It doesn’t make any sense. So instead of fretting over the mess let’s take a humorous look at it with a video clip from the movie “My Blue Heaven”(1950).

It’s Deductible

Betty Grable and Dan Dailey sing about deductions and how crazy it all is. 

They said it all.

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