Progressive tax vs. flat tax: Does progressive taxation combat income inequality?

  • Yes, "Economics" that say other wise are ghost stories

    People argue that the wealthy would cut jobs because their personal income tax are raised simply doesn't make sense. Personal taxes are not equivalent to corporate taxes meaning how much the wealthy are taxed determines weather or not the CEO gets an ice sculpture for his daughters wedding or more traditional center pieces. The rich do not stimulate the economy, their multimillionaire net worth's are made of money unspent. The idea of trickle down is corrupt to the core and this is obvious to our European neighbors

  • Could this be more obvious?

    The title says it all. HONESTLY, WHY WOULDN'T IT??? It does not create a disincentive to work. You honestly think humanity has so little ambition as to not realize it just to not pay taxes??? More progressive tax=more welfare. More welfare=more spending. More spending=more money. More money=more jobs and taxes. Honestly, it is so simple I just cannot understand how to deny it.

  • Yes the progressive tax combats inequality.

    In order for a society to provide better for its poor, hungry, and downtrodden, the progressive tax is a better option. People at the bottom and lower income levels get more government services while paying little or no taxes, and the most able to pay class pays more taxes while using fewer services.

  • No, economics says otherwise.

    If taxes on the rich are raised, they have to compensate for lost profits (or added losses).
    This can be done by reducing the pay of or firing employees, raising prices and reducing the quality of their goods and services, ignoring regulations and evading taxes, or at worst shutting down their business. This has negative effects on the rest of society, having little effect on inequality while reducing everyone's income.
    Also, many government services such as public education and means tested welfare have contributed to poverty.

  • No, economics say otherwise

    Higher taxes on the rich means they have to compensate for lost profits.
    They can do this by firing workers, raising prices, reducing the quality of their goods/services, ignoring regulations and evading taxes, or at worst, shutting down their business.
    This has negative effects on the rest of society and thus as well as having little effect on income inequality, it reduces everyone's income.

  • No, it reduces GDP.

    No, the progressive tax does not combat income inequality, because the progressive tax creates a disincentive to work. If people know they will be taxed more if they earn more, they will be less likely to work. If they cannot keep what they earn, they will not want to expand their businesses and hire new workers. The GDP will not grow and everyone will suffer.

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