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  •  Another problem with the study is the definition (6+ / 0-)

    of income for the lowest incomes.

    This study does not include income from government assistance such as housing assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, etc..  While none of this income is taxed it significantly increases income -- which is the very reason these programs exist.  For the lowest income group, government assistance is a large share of income if not the majority of income.  This results in the study grossly overstating the share of income paid in tax by the lowest income group.

    So the study significantly overstates the low income percent tax burden and understates the high income tax burden.

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    by nextstep on Sat Dec 03, 2011 at 01:35:28 PM PST

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    •  For all its flaws, (2+ / 0-)
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      I think the study brings out a major defect in our total tax structure.

      If you ignore completely the bottom quintile on the grounds that they receive significant government assistance, the remaining four quintiles paint a consistent picture of regressive taxation.

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      by Tim DeLaney on Sat Dec 03, 2011 at 03:00:44 PM PST

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