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Bourgeois in that if this is the worst inconvenience you have, then you are, in the words of my late and dear friend John Henry Faulk, "choppin' tall cotton."

My younger daughter taught me that if you keep track of the sales tax you actually pay in Texas, it will always exceed the standard deduction for sales tax based on your income.

(This was not an issue in Indiana, where the tax to deduct from the federal return was the income tax--a far superior method of taxation in my opinion.)

Anyway, I go into a restaurant and eat. They bring me a bill that states what I ordered and the amount of the tax.

I give them my credit card.

When it comes back, the receipt with the tax amount on it is gone and all I have is the credit card receipt with the total amount paid and a blank for the tip.

DIGRESSION: I try not to put tips on credit cards because of some very high profile ripping off of waitstaff by fairly well known chains.  Not giving them the money is direct theft, but there are other nasty practices like deducting the processing fee for the credit card company from the tip amount rather than the tab.  So I always tip in cash if I have it on me.
So I have to ask for them to bring the other receipt back.

I do not understand this.

If you don't itemize deductions, you don't need either receipt for anything. But if you do, you need to prove the amount of sales tax you paid.

Maybe if I ever got my home paid for, I would not be itemizing deductions...but I've not yet had the pleasure of burning a mortgage, so I do need to keep track of my sales taxes.

It's not as easy as it sounds, but it pays off on April 15, so I do it.

I would appreciate a little more help from restaurants.

Yes, I know things have come a long way from the days of places that refused to serve blacks or (as they put it) "Mexicans" or Indians, so the quality of my problems has vastly improved.

But in light of the SCOTUS pulling the teeth of the Voting Rights Act and the Indian Child Welfare Act on White Power Day, June 25, 2013, I wonder if the public accommodations clause of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 will be next?

All that is required is a method of framing it that appears to disadvantage white people, and it's a goner.

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Comment Preferences

  •  to very poor people, middle class is/rich.. (0+ / 0-)

    Don Benedetto was murdered.-IgnazioSilone(BreadAndWine)

    by renzo capetti on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 10:48:36 AM PDT

    •  I'm well aware (2+ / 0-)
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      renzo capetti, indubitably

      When I was the Indian kid in the rural Creek Nation eating government commodities, my idea of rich was have have a car that starts every time and electricity with switches on the walls rather than plugging everything in the one cord with the light bulb in the middle of the room.  Oh, and indoor plumbing not added on after the house was built.

      I'm now rich.

      But my complaint above is bourgeois.

  •  Thanks for the tip on the sales tax deduction! (0+ / 0-)

    I didn't know. I'll consider keeping track as well. (I'm going to need a lot of shoe boxes.)

  •  If You Paid in Texas Couldn't You Just Write (0+ / 0-)

    the tax amount by hand on your stub? The only time you need the actual documentation is for an audit, no? I track my mileage by hand records, there's no receipts for that.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 11:30:37 AM PDT

    •  theoretically, yes, but (0+ / 0-)

      Texas, not having an income tax, has created a crazy quilt of different taxing authorities that have a right to clip you in a local property tax or a sales tax.

      So the rate is not always the same.

      My preference for an income tax is based not just on the easily deductible nature of it, but also the income tax is right there where you can see it.

      If you add up all the different ways you get clipped in city, country, and district sales taxes and property taxes, your total load is not significantly less than a state with an income tax.

      And if you happen to buy a piece of real estate in an unlucky spot, you can really get burned with property taxes from:

      Municipal Utility District
      Fire District
      Aquifer Protection District
      Community College District
      Metropolitan Transit District

      These district lines do not necessarily follow city or county lines, so your property taxes can differ radically depending on which districts you are in.

      Let me be clear: I don't have a beef with paying taxes and I don't think I've ever seen a school bond issue I didn't like.  But this method of clipping you here and there rather than just sending you one bill for all your public services gripes me.

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