First post here…so I apologize if it is in the wrong place.
Cecil, why doesn’t anyone talk about a progressive flat tax?
Exempting the first, say, $24,000 of income largely eliminates any whining about the tax favoring the rich, or being regressive. Doing so also allows the government some room to eliminate more wasteful government spending (i.e., the government can say, “get a job, it’s on us.”) and provide low income folks enough income to at least feed, house, clothe and educate their families at a subsistence level.
Create another bracket at $24,001 to, say, $200,000 that has a flat tax around 20%. Someone making $100,000 in this scenario pays 15.2%, not an unreasonable sum, IMHO.
Create the top bracket above $200K in income, and establish the law so that any future tax cuts come in here, first. At the beginning, set this rate to meet current revenue needs, and fiddle with it from there.
Create a similar structure for business and capital gains, with the rates at the beginning established to meet the current government revenue stream, and move them from there.
The current tax code is a monument to rich white guys writing rules so rich white guys get richer and whiter, if that is possible. There is no reason in the world I should wonder who I’m cheating every year (myself, or the government?) due to the complexity of the damn thing, and my return is relatively simple.
The actual rates and brackets can be discussed by reasonable people, and are open for debate as far as I’m concerned. But the concept seems sound.
To me, this is the best of both worlds.