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rkmacdonald: "I am familiar with the information you posted, but that is only part of the story."

Definitely. Among other things, it omits a host of other federal taxes, including the 6.2% for SS (which is regressive) and the lower rates for capital gains.

"The taxes that are paid under the current system allow all sorts of deductions that result in an artificially low AGI."

I doubt that it is the bottom 50% who are claiming all sorts of deductions.

"My 10% number was just a guess. Whatever the number turned out to be, it would spread out the tax burden equally to everyone, and the result would be that a large percentage of people would pay far more taxes than they do now."

This is the first time that I have ever seen anyone claim that "a large percentage of people would pay far more taxes than they do now," while the very high income pay less in taxes, is a good thing, but I guess you have your reasons.

Regards, JAFO
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