View Poll Results: Which of these things should be tax deductible?

Voters
19. You may not vote on this poll
  • Mortgage interest

    7 36.84%
  • Personal/family medical expenses

    14 73.68%
  • Personal/family education expenses

    12 63.16%
  • State/local taxes paid

    9 47.37%
  • Work-related expenses

    12 63.16%
  • Union dues

    3 15.79%
  • Tax preparation costs

    12 63.16%
  • Non-church charitable contributions

    10 52.63%
  • Church contributions

    6 31.58%
  • None of the above

    0 0%
Multiple Choice Poll.
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15

Thread: Which of these things should be tax deductible?

  1. #1
    Enemy Combatant
    Kandahar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Washington, DC
    Last Seen
    10-15-13 @ 06:47 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Liberal
    Posts
    20,688

    Which of these things should be tax deductible?

    Which of the things listed do you think you should be able to deduct from your income taxes?
    Are you coming to bed?
    I can't. This is important.
    What?
    Someone is WRONG on the internet! -XKCD

  2. #2
    Enemy Combatant
    Kandahar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Washington, DC
    Last Seen
    10-15-13 @ 06:47 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Liberal
    Posts
    20,688

    Re: Which of these things should be tax deductible?

    My answers are medical expenses, education expenses, and non-church charitable contributions...because a lot of tax-funded government programs pay for exactly those same things. Church contributions should only be tax deductible if the church is actually using the money for charity.

    I don't see why any of the other stuff needs to be tax deductible at all. We'd be much better off if we just eliminated these deductions and simplified the tax code.
    Last edited by Kandahar; 03-03-09 at 06:45 PM.
    Are you coming to bed?
    I can't. This is important.
    What?
    Someone is WRONG on the internet! -XKCD

  3. #3
    Pathetic Douchebag
    Cilogy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Texas
    Last Seen
    10-10-14 @ 03:42 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    1,587

    Re: Which of these things should be tax deductible?

    Church contributions are taxed? I honestly did not know that.

    If that's the case, I don't think they should be taxed in the first place.


  4. #4
    Enemy Combatant
    Kandahar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Washington, DC
    Last Seen
    10-15-13 @ 06:47 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Liberal
    Posts
    20,688

    Re: Which of these things should be tax deductible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    Church contributions are taxed? I honestly did not know that.

    If that's the case, I don't think they should be taxed in the first place.
    No, they aren't taxed. They're considered charitable contributions under the current tax code.
    Are you coming to bed?
    I can't. This is important.
    What?
    Someone is WRONG on the internet! -XKCD

  5. #5
    Pathetic Douchebag
    Cilogy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Texas
    Last Seen
    10-10-14 @ 03:42 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    1,587

    Re: Which of these things should be tax deductible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    No, they aren't taxed. They're considered charitable contributions under the current tax code.
    Oh ok, I barely know anything about taxes.


  6. #6
    Banned
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Last Seen
    09-22-10 @ 02:36 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    11,430

    Re: Which of these things should be tax deductible?

    Everything should be tax deductible, unless you're a union goon.

    Been a while since I've posted here...how many little hammers does this name have?

  7. #7
    Enemy Combatant
    Kandahar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Washington, DC
    Last Seen
    10-15-13 @ 06:47 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Liberal
    Posts
    20,688

    Re: Which of these things should be tax deductible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Everything should be tax deductible, unless you're a union goon.
    Why? What's the purpose of letting people deduct things like mortgage interest? Paying for your mortgage doesn't replace some government program...but it DOES encourage housing bubbles. Why is home ownership something the government needs to encourage?

    As for state/local taxes, if you choose to live in a state with higher taxes, that's fine, but the feds shouldn't subsidize your choice.

    Same goes for work expenses and union dues. You chose to pay those expenses by working where you work; the feds shouldn't have to subsidize your choice. Or tax preparation costs...you chose to use an accountant instead of doing it yourself. That's fine, but again, you shouldn't receive welfare for making that choice.

    The tax code would be so much simpler if there weren't any deductions except for medical care, education, and charity.
    Last edited by Kandahar; 03-03-09 at 09:13 PM.
    Are you coming to bed?
    I can't. This is important.
    What?
    Someone is WRONG on the internet! -XKCD

  8. #8
    Equal Opportunity Hater
    obvious Child's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    0.0, -2.3 on the Political Compass
    Last Seen
    12-09-14 @ 10:36 PM
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    19,883

    Re: Which of these things should be tax deductible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Why? What's the purpose of letting people deduct things like mortgage interest? Paying for your mortgage doesn't replace some government program...but it DOES encourage housing bubbles. Why is home ownership something the government needs to encourage?
    Well, ownership societies aren't a bad thing.

    Rent should be deductible though if mortgage interest payments are.
    "If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu

  9. #9
    Enemy Combatant
    Kandahar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Washington, DC
    Last Seen
    10-15-13 @ 06:47 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Liberal
    Posts
    20,688

    Re: Which of these things should be tax deductible?

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Well, ownership societies aren't a bad thing.
    Not everyone needs to own a home. For some people, renting is a better idea. I don't see why the government should be pushing people either way on that issue.

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child
    Rent should be deductible though if mortgage interest payments are.
    There's really no compelling reason that either needs to be deductible.
    Last edited by Kandahar; 03-03-09 at 09:22 PM.
    Are you coming to bed?
    I can't. This is important.
    What?
    Someone is WRONG on the internet! -XKCD

  10. #10
    Sage

    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 05:03 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Centrist
    Posts
    15,422
    Blog Entries
    2

    Re: Which of these things should be tax deductible?

    All of it. Put money back in the hands of the citizens, and try to limit the growth and scope of government.

    I would even go so far as to give families a tax credit, rather than a tax deduction, for medical expenses that they pay out of pocket above their insurance premium, with a cap of say $5,000. Alot of family deductibles are probably around $5,000 or so anyway, so they would essentially get that money back, hospitals would still receive their payments and remain private enterprises, and we don't have to spend money on UHC. And with the cap at $5,000 it keeps uninsured patients from getting an insane amount of money back at tax time.

    I'd rather see a tax code that gives citizens back their purchasing power, than give the government our purchasing power. Make it a rewarding system(within limits) rather than a punitive one.
    "Loyalty only matters when there's a hundred reasons not to be-" Gen. Mattis

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •