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How Tax Codes Are Made Up

21st February 2011
By Wilmer Irwin in Taxes
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Are you confused about Sales Tax Items and Sales Tax Codes in QuickBooks? I was too! It took me forever to finally figure out what they actually did, how to get the sales tax liability report to look right, and where they showed up on that report. After reading the QuickBooks help, and reading tons of articles online, I still had no clear answer. But I finally figured out how to set things up in a way that makes sense to me - I hope it makes sense to you too.

Yah, that's what I thought, as I read some of the Internet claims of why Federal Income Tax is supposedly illegal originating from a war tax that was never taken back even after the war ended. Seems to me that many folks are being thrown in jail for this line of reasoning? I do not agree with the stance that Federal Income Tax is illegal, but like most tax payer's I wish it didn't exist, or was lowered substantially.

Finance Minister released the draft of Direct Tax Code (DTC) for public discussions in August 2009. CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes) released the Revised DTC discussion paper in June 2010 for inviting further comments on the modified proposals in DTC. Direct Taxes Code 2009 expected to become effective from 1 April 2011, shall replace India's antiquated Income Tax Act, 1961, which is a major step in the direction of much awaited tax reforms in India and which aims to simplify the tax regime radically.

This is so very true, especially considering the current cost of tax collection at the IRS, I think at one time they were spending some 45% in the collection of the taxes they actually collected. That is nothing more than bureaucracy at its finest. The tax rules need to be simplified, it's crazy. It takes hours and costs $1,000s even for a little small business to comply and file. These are serious issues and we need to take care of this tax code, it's just too complicated.

The first thing to do is not to panic. I know that's easy to say but if you receive a tax bill and you feel it is either wrong or it will leave you in severe financial hardship you can challenge it. One way to do this is if you think that the HMRC should have already collected the tax, as it had all the required information, you can challenge the demand using 'Extra Statutory Concession' (ESC A19). The circumstances where this can be used are when having provided all information and not knowing of any underpayment you are now receiving a demand 12 months or more after the end of the tax year concerned.

Professor Palmer walked into the room on the first day pushing a handcart. It was similar to the one I used to move a refrigerator the week before. Heavy duty sucker. He had some black binder-type books stacked on it that he was pushing. I swear -they were very tall- I remember somewhere between 4 and 5 feet.

So what effect will this have on us? Well, from an employee's point of view the major changes will be that anyone not exceeding the new 6,035 allowance will stop paying tax altogether but if their pay exceeds that amount and they are cumulative paid they will be paying 120 less tax over the year. There are unfortunately still downsides in the new Personal Tax Allowance. Employees who earn between 6,035 and 10,510 will still pay more tax than they would have done if the 10% rate had remained in place. At the same time employees earnings between 16,000 and 40,000 who already benefit from the April 2008 changes are gaining a further 120 in their net pay.

In 2000, tax returns with an AGI of over $200,000 received 26.7 percent of all income, and they compensated for 47.3 percent of all income taxes. That's a tax-to-income ratio of 1.79. Nevertheless, four years later, their income had taken a fall from 26.7 to 25.5 percent, but their taxes had increased to 50.0 percent. That brought the ratio up from 1.79 to 1.96 in 2004.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger brought up some interesting concepts about taxing services by Hospitals and Doctors to afford universal health care. In the Free Trade world, health care has become an expensive overhead. If companies have to compete with foreign companies that do not have this overhead, they will eventually go out of business. There is a way to subsitute transaction fees and do away with the tax codes across the board and hopefully afford things like universal health care. Since companies can no longer afford to pay the toll for health care, the government must step in and do it. In essence tariffs have been taken off products and have been put on workers, labor and the work day in many hidden ways. There is a need to fill this void too.
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