Comment: In "the real world", your payroll taxes for SS and Medicare

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In "the real world", your payroll taxes for SS and Medicare

are taxes that go to the same government. One can disagree about the Constitutionality of those programs, but that's how the Supreme Court has ruled when authorizing those taxes. In comparing the relative tax burden of you and your Dad, you must include payroll taxes (sales taxes, etc.). I wouldn't be surprised that if you calculated the total taxes paid by you and your Dad, that you would be paying a higher overall effective tax rate, especially IIRC TX has no individual or corporate income tax.

Welcome to the real world, Pops.