Baron Adams: His fair share

February 28, 2014 

I found myself irritated as I read the Feb. 26 letter “Tax hike ahead.” The writer complained about his pending tax under the new laws. He revealed that the North Carolina tax he and his wife will pay is going to rise from $185 in 2012 to $900 for 2013. He revealed that their income comes from Social Security, IRAs and his wife’s state pension. He also revealed that they have been able to itemize deductions as opposed to taking the standard deduction.

Oh, woe is us!

Based on all the writer revealed, he seems close to getting a free ride even with what seems a substantial income. They are even able to pay into an N.C. college fund, presumably for their grandchildren.

The income for my wife and me comes from Social Security and a single 401(k) plan. We have no pensions. We can’t itemize. But we paid just over 10 times the North Carolina tax that the writer paid for 2012! No sympathy is due for him. He might have been very good at tax avoidance, but it seems he is going to have to pay a bit more of his fair share now. What’s wrong with that?

Baron Adams, Durham

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