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TAXES: Rates are historically low

Letter by Ruth C Crook, Tacoma on Dec. 13, 2010 at 3:13 pm | 37 Comments »
December 13, 2010 3:13 pm

Re: “Stop class warfare, Democrats” (letter, 12-10).

The writer asserts that a 36 percent or 39.6 percent marginal tax rate for families making more than $250,000 or individuals making more than $200,000 is so prohibitive that people will stop working. If they can afford it, that would be great. It would free up those jobs for people who need them.

In 1980, my husband and I together made just over $50,000. We didn’t have to worry about the wolf at our door, but we certainly weren’t rich and we had six children to support. After itemizing our deductions and claiming two personal exemptions and six dependent exemptions, we were in the 54 percent bracket. We were not tempted to quit working.

In years past the marginal tax rate has been as high as 91 percent. With rates as low as they are now I have no patience with whiners.

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