Richard G. Little: Paying for ‘savings’

April 17, 2014 

Regarding the April 16 Point of View “ NC tax reform and flusher families”: How ironic that you chose to run Art Pope’s tax-reform propaganda on the day after income taxes were due.

Apparently, those of us who are over 65 and have medical expenses do not qualify under his definition of family because we certainly will not be seeing the savings roll in. By eliminating personal and senior exemptions, medical deductions allowable on the federal return and some other little twists, our tax liability has more than doubled from 2013 to 2014 with no increase in income. We have a pretty standard return for two retired people so I’m sure we are not alone in this.

My problem is not so much with the additional amount of tax we will pay. After all, services do cost money. Rather, it is the disingenuous manner in which Pope touts a single overall tax rate as lowering taxes and benefiting everyone. This is not the case, but I suppose it’s naive to think that he and his cronies would give equal time to those who will actually pay for the “savings.”

Richard G. Little

Pinehurst

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