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Dramatic, Sweeping Tax Hikes Will Start January 1, 2011

American for Tax Reform has done us the courtesy of listing all the taxes that are set to go up on January 1, 2011. Pondering these tax hikes is probably more than a little inspiration for reflecting on the meaning of liberty today (July 4th).

In addition to the estate tax, which will take 55 percent of anyone's inheritance from their parents or grandparents, ATR notes:

Personal income tax rates will rise.  The top income tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent (this is also the rate at which two-thirds of small business profits are taxed).  The lowest rate will rise from 10 to 15 percent.  All the rates in between will also rise.  Itemized deductions and personal exemptions will again phase out, which has the same mathematical effect as higher marginal tax rates.  The full list of marginal rate hikes is below:

- The 10% bracket rises to an expanded 15%
- The 25% bracket rises to 28%
- The 28% bracket rises to 31%
- The 33% bracket rises to 36%
- The 35% bracket rises to 39.6%

Higher taxes on marriage and family.  The “marriage penalty” (narrower tax brackets for married couples) will return from the first dollar of income.  The child tax credit will be cut in half from $1000 to $500 per child.  The standard deduction will no longer be doubled for married couples relative to the single level.  The dependent care and adoption tax credits will be cut.

Higher tax rates on savers and investors.  The capital gains tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 20 percent in 2011.  The dividends tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 39.6 percent in 2011.  These rates will rise another 3.8 percent in 2013.

This is just the beginning. Obamacare also includes a slew of fees and taxes to fund its programs.

Are you ready to Shrug yet?

Samuel Staley is Research Fellow


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