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Obama's Dishonest Tax Calculator

Obama's campaign web site now has a "tax calculator" that dishonestly represents voters' tax "benefits" by voting for Obama versus Romney. Never mind how the voter would fare versus Ron's tax plan or Gary Johnson's tax plan.


In the "fine print" on the calculator page: "Because the tax code is complex, the calculator makes a number of simplifying assumptions that may differ from the circumstances of any particular user. It assumes all income is from wages. For married filers, it assumes that income is split evenly between two earners. It assumes that income does not vary over the years analyzed. It assumes that taxpayers claim the standard deduction for the purpose of analyzing the impact of the expiration of the middle class tax cuts. The impact of Mitt Romney’s tax plan is based on an analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, which determines the tax increase or tax cut the average family in each income group would face if Romney paid for his $5 trillion tax plan by cutting tax benefits. The analysis assumes that Romney eliminates all tax benefits, except those for savings and investment, for households earning over $200,000, and reduces those benefits for households earning under $200,000 to cover the rest of the cost – resulting in a reduction by more than half. The Tax Policy Center uses income thresholds based on “cash income”, a measure broader than AGI commonly used by TPC. The calculator is intended for information purposes only."

However, I don't believe this calculator assumes the many penalties that are associated with the health care tax, for one thing and because there is only an Obama-Romney comparison, there is no talk of eliminating the IRS, there are no adjustments made for eliminating many unnecessary burdens on the American taxpayer.

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