Income tax punishes those who work hard. Income taxes are often argued as a way to take money from the "uber-rich", and give it to those who are poverty stricken. They often will say
that the rich don't need all that money, and giving it to the poor will increase their standard of living. The most popular person toted in these arguments is Bill Gates, with a net worth $82 billion. However, income tax does not actually get much of its money from Bill Gates, or Michael Jackson, or Tiger Woods. People get distracted by the big numbers, and don't think about it relatively. Yes, $82 billion is a lot of money, but the National debt is $14 trillion. You would need 170 Bill Gates to pay that off. Also, if you took all of Bill Gate's money and gave an equal amount, each person would only get $260 dollars. Just taking the rich peoples money would not fix any problems. Instead, the income tax money comes from the middle class, the small business owners who work hard to keep their business running. Income tax takes away their initiative to work. If you work hard and make more money this year than you did last year, that's called success. But if by making more money, you get higher taxes, why would you bother to work harder?
Income taxes hurt the poor indirectly. If you are a person in America and you work hard, you can make money. This is the core idea of the American Dream. If you are a business owner, and you want to your business to do better, you work hard. If you work hard, you get rewarded with more money. This is the core idea behind capitalism. If you employ 10 workers in your small business, then when your company does well, those 10 workers do well also. If you are able to expand your business then you hire more workers for your business. All this improves life for your workers, the so called lower class. Now we are going to introduce income tax into this situation. Income tax increases when you make more income. So, when your business does well, you lose more money to taxes. This in turn reduces the money you can invest back into your business. This kills growth in your business. That kills the improvements your business is making in the lives of your employees. That's how income tax is not beneficial to the poor.
Now some may argue that the money the government is taking will be returned to the poor through welfare. This may be true, but even if all income tax money goes into welfare, not taking the money in the first place would be better than taking it. This is because the government is taking some of that tax money and using it to pay people to move the money from the business owner to the lower class workers.