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Public ignorant about taxes

April 13, 2007

That’s my personal conclusion from the Tax Foundations latest opinion survey results.  Not entirely ignorant, to be sure, but people think that the most unfair tax most of us pay are gas taxes.  The only taxes considered less fair are  real estate taxes and the estate tax, which few ever pay.  And what’s most fair? taxes on beer, wine, and cigarettes, followed by payroll taxes and the corporate income tax.

Not only did the survey fail to distinguish between land taxes and improvement taxes, but it didn’t even consider taxes on gross receipts.

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