Informal Research Paper

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Social Security Tax

Taxes are a necessary evil in any civilization. In order to keep the government running and pay for goods and services, like police and a defense force, everyone must pay their fair share so that money can be collected to foot the bill, so to speak. Social Security is one such service. The Social Security program helps seniors to be able to live in retirement and also helps the less fortunate who need government assistance for various reasons. While most citizens pay their fair share of the tax, there is a bias in the system towards the very rich. This bias makes the Social Security tax not only a recessive tax, but also one that unfairly burdens the less fortunate with the bulk of the costs. The tax
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The higher a person’s income above the taxation cap, the less of a percentage of their income they pay into the system. It is thus possible for a person who makes $40,000 a year to pay a higher tax rate than a person who makes $1,000,000 a year. Thus, Social Security must be considered a recessive tax.

Furthermore, one must take into account who in fact will be receiving the benefits of the Social Security Program. It is logical to assume those who have better access to health care and the ability to pay for health care costs will live longer than those who do not. Moreover, the nature of one’s work would also affect health through injuries and bodily strain through manual labor. The wealthier a person is, the more likely they are to live a long life. It is fairly clear that the Social Security Tax affects the poor far more than it does the rich. Even among those under the tax cap, the more money one has, the more one can do to prolong their existence. The sad fact is that the lower an individual’s income, the more the tax becomes detrimental to their daily life and less likely they are to ever receive the benefits of the program they have paid into.

The way the tax affects the poor does not seem fair. The way the tax affects a large chuck on the middle class does not seem fair. In reality, the way the tax treats anyone making equal to or less than $110,100 does not seem fair. Taxes affect

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