Tammy S. is 45 years old and makes $4.25 an hour as a waitress. She is taxed on her hourly wage plus eight percent of her table receipts; she is taxed on the “gifts” she may or may not receive from customers in the form of tips. When customers tip less than eight percent, it costs Tammy money to wait on them.
Richard R. has always made a good living managing an auto parts store. In recent years taxes on his salary have increased to the point his take-home pay is not much higher than that of his hourly employees. In years past he had been able to live comfortably as long as he spent his money responsibly. This year no matter how much he tightens his belt it is becoming increasingly difficult to meet his monthly obligations.
James S. started cleaning one office in 1984. By 1994 he had a prosperous janitorial company with 43 employees and a fleet of well-outfitted service vans. By working hard and meeting the demand for excellent cleaning services at competitive prices, James was living the American dream. Over the last few years the dream has been replaced by a nightmare of government rules, regulations, fees and taxes, taxes, taxes...
Juries recently deny IRS convictions in tax cases; government fails to prove wages are taxable “income” employers must withhold. The People’s Income Tax Guide explores the circumstances in America that made an income tax necessary, what the term “income” really means and why today’s hard-working, law-abiding Americans are finding it difficult to provide for themselves and their families.
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