Thankful? Now that's a laugh!<quoted text>if we had a flat tax very few people would be able to pay their fair share.
this is because the wealthy pay the vast, vast majority of the income taxes in the US. and at the state level.
perhaps you meant a flat tax rate, which would be wholly unfair. we have a very progressive tax sysytem in the us now. you should be thankful for those that help pay your way for you.
Equal tax percentage for all! In a flat-rate system, all are equal. We would all pay the same percentage taxes, thereby keeping it fair. A person who makes $100,000 a year paying 20% taxes pays $20,000. A person who makes $50,000 a year paying the same 20% tax rate, pays $10,000. It's only fair to have the same percentages across the board. Otherwise the very wealthy pay less and less percent the more they make.
Two people earning $50,000 each will pay together less tax than one person having $100,000 on the progressive tax system, so simply $50000+$50000 is not = to $100000. This generates all kind of problems, including that you have to have a monster like IRS to figure out where each dollar came from.
Taxation Equal under the law, equal under the tax code. That one makes more or less than another should not be a basis of determining how much the one should pay, for it introduces bias into the equation and therefore cannot be equal.
The argument that the wealthiest use the greatest amount of resources is irrelevant. Under the law, we are all considered equal. Taxing someone due to their financial situation would be no different than charging them an exorbitant price for a good/service based on some differentiating criteria...which is wrong in any way/shape/form.
The argument that it will bring in less revenue is immaterial. The government exists for the purpose of serving the people, the people do not exist for the purpose of funding the government.
If it cannot fund its current operations with revenue collected from equal taxation from its citizenry, then it needs to scale back operations until it can. They should live within their means, like everyone else should.