Payroll Taxes and Other Matters
After hearing about Trump's proposal to cut or
eliminate payroll taxes, I wanted to know exactly a payroll tax is.
I discovered that, most simply put, it's a tax on one's salary,
related to how much you earn. You pay part of it and your employer
pays part of it.
When you pay the tax, you are funding social security contributions,
unemployment insurance, and disability insurance.
When your employer pays the tax, the employer is funding social
security, medicare, and other forms of insurance.
"Cutting your taxes" is one of the GOP's favorite old saws. It
always sounds like a good idea. However, the poor, the working poor
and the middle class don't tend to benefit in a GOP tax cut because
for thirty years the GOP has hung onto Ronald Reagan's theory of
taxing: if you cut the taxes paid by the rich, the super rich, and
the corporations, the result will be a largesse that ultimately
passes on to the middle class and the working poor. Adherents called
it "trickle down economics" while George H.W. Bush (while running
against Reagan in the primary) called it "voodoo economics." It did
not turn out as a benefit to the poor, blue collar workers, or much
of the middle class. It did benefit the rich, the super rich, and
With this new proposed tax cut--the payroll tax cut--the people most
affected in the long run will be retired individuals receiving
social security pay, people filing for unemployment, people injured
on the job and unable to work, people unable to work due to an
existing condition, and individuals on Medicare. This is the case
because there will be no money coming in to fund the aforementioned
Aside from this, the hidden cost to anyone currently working is that
employers will ultimately have to repay the government for this tax
cut, and the payment will--of necessity--come from the paychecks of
By calling it a "payroll tax cut", however, Trump is able to shield
what its effect would be.
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