Category Archives for "Tax reform"

Enhanced Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) for Hiring Qualified Veterans

Under pre-Act law, the work opportunity tax credit (WOTC) allows employers who hire members of certain targeted groups, including qualified veterans, to get a credit against income tax of a percentage of qualifying first-year wages up to $6,000 per employee ($12,000 for certain qualified veterans; and $3,000 for qualified summer youth employees). Generally, the percentage of qualifying wages is 40% of first-year wages, for a maximum WOTC of $2,400 (.4 × $6,000), or $4,800 for certain qualifying veterans (.4 × $12,000); it’s 25% for employees who have completed at least 120, but less than 400, hours of service for the employer. Different rules apply for recipients of long-term family assistance.Continue reading

The Case for Comprehensive Tax Reform

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Worth Noting

  • The highest average tax rate of 23.3% is paid by the top 1% of earners. This group accounts for 38% of all income taxes paid. And no, they do not earn 38% of the income, but proportionally the much smaller 20% of AGI.
  • The top 5% of earners (minimum AGI of $159,619) take home 34.7% of total AGI and pay 58.7% of all income taxes. The average tax rate for this group is 20.7%.
  • The bottom half of earners in the country (AGI < $33,048) take home 12.8% of total AGI but pay only 2.7%of the total income taxes collected, as their average income tax rate is 2.6%. A popular justification for this is that the payroll tax (FICA taxes for Social Security and Medicare) are effectively “flat taxes” and have a greater impact on their total federal tax burden. That’s accurate, but the bottom 50% of earners, generally speaking, recover more in benefits than they pay into these systems, resulting in a further net transfer of wealth.
  • The average income tax rate is 12.2% for all taxpayers. This would roughly be the equivalent “flat tax” rate paidby all taxpayers on each dollar of adjusted gross income if there were no exemptions, deductions, etc allowed.

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Tax Policy Reform

Top 10% earn only 46% of Adj Gross Inc in the US but pay 70% of the Federal taxes. AGI income split point for top 10% is $114K.

Also note that the Bottom 75% (<$67K) of all earners pay only 14% of all Inc Taxes! The bottom 50% pay 3% of all Inc Taxes.

Yes, them rich folks are really getting a free ride.

Apparent there is a very brief (3 page) overview of income and payroll taxes – who pays, how much, the effective tax rates – and why (I think) this clarifies the need to significant tax reform.

This document is still in development (though can be forwarded to clients, but please be aware as the disclaimer states, this represents my opinions alone, not those of BNP Paribas) and I hope to include more information over time, incorporate a broader context, and correct any mistakes.Continue reading