Thursday, October 23, 2008

How the Tax System Works

I love a good metaphor; and Doug Reach has a particularly good one at The Rational Capitalist concerning the tax code, called Barstool Economics.

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
It gets even more entertaining after that.

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