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The primary means by which governments raise revenue. Taxes can be levied on almost any aspect of economic activity.

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Does the Inflation Reduction Act increase taxes on people making less than $10,000 / year?

Quoting Democrats rely on misleading messaging to sell Manchin-Schumer bill: In 2023, the year in which the legislation would increase tax revenue most, individuals making less than $10,000 per year ...
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Did Trump save on taxes by burying his ex wife on a golf course?

This article claims that burying Ivana Trump on a Bedminster golf course eliminates property, income and sales tax. Trump is accused of burying Ivana at his Bedminster golf club to take advantage of ...
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Did female majority electorate result in higher government spending compared to WW2?

An inflammatory infographic frequently shared online claims that women voting is directly responsible for increase of government spending which it argues overshadows the effects of ww2. I would like ...
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Is their tax bill the single biggest cost of living for most households in the UK?

Mark Littlewood wrote an opinion article in The Telegraph [unpaywalled alternative] atacking the UK's Conservative Party. He claimed: For most households, the single biggest cost of living is their ...
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Did Elon Musk pay "the most [income] taxes ever in history for an individual last year"?

After Senator Warren went on TV and said Elon Musk paid $0 in taxes in 2018, he responded in a Tweet dated 20 Feb 2022 saying (emphasis added): Will visit IRS next time I’m in DC just to say hi, ...
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Has a company been indicted for failing to pay taxes on benefits?

CNN is reporting that Ron Fischetti, an attorney for former President Donald Trump, stated: “It’s outrageous. It’s unprecedented. It’s never happened before,” he said of a company being indicted in ...
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Are these claims about tax paid in the 2017-2018 Australian tax year accurate?

On December 14, 2019, the Australian Greens posted a claim to their Facebook feed about taxes paid by individuals and various entities. The claim is in the image on this page, but essentially the ...
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Does tax evasion in the EU cost 1 trillion € per year?

In a meme that’s floating around, various social costs are compared to tax evasion in the EU, which is claimed to mount up to 1 000 000 000 000 Euro annually. Here is an example: The Swedish text ...
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Were the women of Travancore, India, taxed for covering their breasts by breast size?

There are some claims regarding a weird tax which existed just over a century ago in a part of India. Several articles say that this tax existed. For example, the Economic Times: State of ...
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Does an American taxpayer fund $870 in corporate subsidies for every $36 in food stamps?

I recently saw this Occupy Democrats claim on Facebook: Now, obviously a lot of those categories are vague and open to interpretation (I've known people who would argue most of the U.S. defense ...
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Do the Republican tax cuts cost more than forgiving student debt?

In today's US political climate, a big talking point for some of the Democratic Party candidates is the forgiveness of student loans. Whenever I hear this discussed among my peers, the consensus is ...
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Are US workers highly taxed if you count health premiums? [closed]

According to "US Workers Are Highly Taxed If You Count Premiums" (2019-04-08): Finally, we can go back to the OECD NTCP data and compare the US to other developed countries. When we do that, we ...
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Did Amazon pay $0 in US taxes in 2018?

Background I saw this article saying that Amazon paid $0 in corporate income tax last year. Is this true or just phrased to sound like they are getting away with paying nothing? Here's the article: ...
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Did 80% of middle class families' tax burden decrease in 2018 because of Trump's tax cuts?

In the news lately (early 2019) are many stories of regular people complaining that they have drastically lower tax refunds than the previous year, and some even owing instead. This is in the wake of ...
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Are US workers legally required to pay income taxes?

In the 2006 film America: Freedom to Fascism, several interviews are shown which claim that American workers do not need to pay income tax. Specifically, this clip claims that There is no law which ...
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Do rich Americans pay a lower portion of their income in federal taxes than the middle class?

Not quite the same as this related question but similar. According to Wikipedia, the origin of the "Buffett Rule" oft-quoted by former-President Obama is that: rich people, like himself, could pay ...
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2 % of 'the rich' pay 50 % of taxes in Germany

A statement made by a user under a news article claims that 50 % of all taxes are paid by 'rich people' being defined as making more than 70.000 €/a. (...) 2% der "Reichen" zahlen 50% der Steuern ...
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Is the US is heavily reliant on its richest citizens to support the tax burden? [closed]

Found this on Pol.SE: The US relies on its higher income residents for an exceptionally large amount of its revenue. Almost half of the population pays no federal income taxes at all. The top % pay ...
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Is the GOP tax plan the 'largest tax cut in history'?

The GOP recently released their final tax plan this week, after going to a conference committee to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the bill. US President Donald Trump has frequently ...
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Is the average effective corporate tax rate in US only 15% in 2017?

I have seen plenty of arguments and articles claiming that companies pay significantly below statutory tax rates. This Forbes article claims that number was around 15%. But then I see articles like ...
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Will the Republican tax plan cost Donald Trump "a fortune"?

In this video (Donald Trump in St. Charles, MO - Youtube), Donald Trump says the Republican tax plan is going to "cost him a fortune, believe me" (1:30). This is going to cost me a fortune, this ...
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Does Toomey's amendment to the GOP Tax Bill only benefit Hillsdale College?

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer just said this on the Senate floor, regarding the Republican Tax Bill: One college, Hillsdale College, has been exempted from taxes on colleges with large ...
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Is the US tax code only 2,600 pages long?

Andrew L. Grossman wrote in the Slate article Is the Tax Code Really 70,000 Pages Long? : American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report has reported that the tax code is 70,000 pages long.* The ...
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Did Whiskey taxation make up 30%-50% of England's revenue?

In this article it is claimed that (1st paragraph): Especially in England and Ireland, it became the drink of choice, and through taxation, came to contribute 30%-50% of the nation’s revenue. This ...
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Earned income tax credit 25% fraud?

I was listening a discussion on poverty on CSPAN radio this morning and Robert E. Rector from The Heritage Foundation claimed that 25% of the Earned Income tax credit is fraudulent. Specifically, ...
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Why does the IRS want you to declare income from illegal activites? [closed]

According to a paper by the IRS you should declare illegal income from dealing drugs or stolen property. What's the motivation behind this? And are there examples of people who reported such ...
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Does Shell get $2 billion a year in subsidies from the US government?

While browsing reddit, I saw the following graphic from the Late Stage Capitalism subreddit: (Two stick figures are shown, the second one with Shell's logo for a head) This is Bob. Bob gets $...
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Does the USA have the highest taxes?

I was listening to the Trump rally tonight in Ohio and Trump said: My administration is working every single day to heed and honor the will of the voters. That includes working on one of the ...
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Did the Washington Post ever advocate Amazon's position on sales taxes?

On July 24th, 2017, Donald Trump tweeted: Is Fake News Washington Post being used as a lobbyist weapon against Congress to keep Politicians from looking into Amazon no-tax monopoly? First of ...
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Can the US government garnish 100% of your income?

I was reading a Wikipedia article about Karl Hess. The article contained this quote (emphasis mine): During that time [1967], President Johnson, a Democrat, ordered the Internal Revenue Service to ...
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Does the United States have more tax preparers than police and firefighters combined?

According to The Economist (May 13th, 2017, print edition, webpage), America has more tax preparers—over 1m, according to a project at George Washington University—than it has police and ...
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Does the Netherlands allow letterbox companies to exist as long as they have a houseplant in their empty office?

The following article came to my attention: OneWorld - Kunstenares Tinkebell toert langs kamerplanten van belastingontwijkers (Dutch). It describes how an artist will be doing tours of companies ...
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Did Donald Trump leak his own tax returns? [closed]

Part of Trump's tax returns for 2005 were leaked yesterday. Some source claim that Trump leaked them, while others say he didnt (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Is there any credible evidence showing that Trump did ...
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Can I avoid property tax by showing a judge my land grant?

In this article or here the author says that there is truly a legal way to stop paying the property tax for your house. These steps are legal, and you can use them to accomplish the goal to stop ...
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Do over 20 countries have zero tax, but high-quality services?

This picture: (source) currently has nearly 6,000 likes on Facebook. Its claim as text: There are over 20 countries on Earth that have zero tax, yet somehow they still have roads, schools, sewers, ...
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Does a tax on drinks with high sugar content reduce sugar consumption?

The UK government is introducing a sugar tax on soft drinks with more than 5g per 100ml of sugar. Coca-Cola claims that this "flies in the face of evidence from around the world" A longer ...
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Did NASA receive a tax refund on a diamond window when it left the Earth aboard a space probe?

According to Hughesscgheritage.com: “Probe” is an export; diamond duty saved—Hughes News January 6, 1979 The cost of HAC’s highly successful Pioneer Venus mission was reduced by $12,474 because of an ...
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Are the ABA and IRS foreign-owned private debt collection agencies?

A colleague recently shared An Open Letter to Sheriff Ward of Harney County Oregon - and to All County Sheriffs in America from Judge Anna This letter makes a number of claims, among which: The ...
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Do Greeks evade taxes by not finishing their houses?

I've heard this claim several times: Q: Why are there so many unfinished houses in Greece? A: as long as the house is not finished, they don't have to pay building tax for it. So the leave it ...
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Are razor blades tax-free in the UK?

A comic by artist Naoise Dolan published March 2015 has been circulating heavily on social media: The world according to the UK government: Men’s razors are taxed as necessities because you need to ...
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Does the UK government have only 300 staff investigating tax evasion of £70bn+ vs 3250 staff investigating benefits (welfare) fraud of £1.2bn?

The following graphic is doing the rounds on Facebook: Is it true? Does the graphic give an accurate representation of the comparative headcount/effort/resources that the UK government (as a whole) ...
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Is tax wedge 80%-90% in most of western Europe vs 50% in US?

Wikipedia definition of tax wedge references a document, which makes following claim: Europe's comparatively high tax burden has created big marginal effects and tax wedges. For example a 2007 ...
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If American churches paid taxes, how much revenue would that generate?

A recent Cracked.com photoplasty contest produced this image: Is this image correct? Would taxing churches generate that much money, and would that much money be enough to cover food stamps and house ...
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Did Americans leave behind over $1bn in tax refunds in 2012?

In this television advertisement H&R Block claims that: Last year, thinking they could do their own taxes, Americans left behind more than a billion dollars. Did American tax payers leave ...
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Must Japan's population pay for any accident caused by nuclear power plants sold abroad by Japanese companies?

This image is currently trending on social media: source The caption reads: 海外で日本の売った原発が事故を起こした場合、その費用はすべて日本国民の税金から支払う約束になっていりる If a nuclear power plant sold abroad by Japan causes an accident, ...
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Did tax and inflation consume more wealth in the 20th Century than previously produced? [closed]

In the chapter on Statism: Our Condition of the 1983 version of the New Libertarian Manifesto by Samuel Edward Konkin III the following can be found, In the 20th Century alone, war has murdered ...
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Has income tax been found unconstitutional by a court?

Someone told me that there are people who claim that the income tax, and by extension the IRS, is unconstitutional, and that some have won in court using this argument. Is this true? An example of a ...
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Does Scotland receive more public funding than its tax-payers contribute?

On the 18th of September 2014 the Scottish people will vote in a Referendum. The question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" As you might expect the magnitude of this event has dredged ...
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Did Swedish tax rate ever exceed 100%?

In several places I've seen the claim that some people have at some point in history paid more than 100% taxes in Sweden. The Economist on the Nordic Countries: Astrid Lindgren, the inventor of ...
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Is there a single US tax law that allows profits to be moved offshore to avoid taxes?

[A] tax provision that allows multinational corporations to defer U.S. taxes by moving profits into offshore financial subsidiaries. This provision -- known as the "active financing exception" -- ...
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